But, an interesting thing has happened of late. Atheists are no longer quiet about their non-belief. The reaction has been predictable. Religious believers have had their way and freedom from questions concerning unsubstantiated and unverifiable claims for so long, many have lost the methodology of proving faith through contemplation and dialectic. To paraphrase Robert M. Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, They don't understand from where the shot has come. They've never confronted a living Atheist. Only dead ones.
The latest recent flare up was the placing of a sign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the Washington State Capitol building, and recently in Springfield Illinois. The sign displayed the following message:
At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
This has caused a backlash, as the religious have organized protests against the sign. This is fantastic. The proper way for ideas to grow or die is through reason, discourse and the competeion of ideas in the free marketplace of ideas. Except to Newt Gingrich, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Donahue, Ken Ham and others who want such godless ideas stopped through government action.
Bill O'Reilly wants Governor Gregorie hounded for allowing the sign. And stated; “She is a weak and confused leader who allows a fanatical group parody in Christmas displays. I mean, how crazy is this?” Bill-O also declared Gregorie "insulted Christians all over the world".
According to Newt Gingrich the declaration of atheists ideas fits into his worldview that there is Secular Fascism in America today. As far as I know there have been no atheist murders of religious believers based on their hatred of said believers faith. Nor have there been church or temple bombings done by the godless. No Night of the Long Atheist Knives, no rounding up and internment of believers in camps, no confiscation of believers belongings to benefit the State.
But, for clarification Newt Gingrich believes the following: Free Speech=Fascism.
Bill Donohue declared on Fox & Friends the Washington State Capital sign is Hate Speech. (From Atheist Media Blog). I'm sure Bill Donohue would like to know that his characterization of criticism of religion is hate speech is exactly the same idea espoused by the government of Saudi Arabia, which is attempting to get the United Nations to ban all criticism of religion (mainly islam).
I just can't wait for the Righteous to disavow their attachment to that Secular Progressive ultimate Religious betrayer president George W. Bush who, when asked if the bible is literally true, declared: "You know. Probably not. ... No, I'm not a literalist..." (From Crooks and Liars).
The judeo-christian-islamo god most assuredly does not exist. Religion is about control and power.