Posted by: audioofamber | December 5, 2008

To save us all from floating magical beings in the sky…

Atheists posted this sign beside a Nativity Scene outside a government building in Olympia, WA.

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“Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds,” the sign says in part.

Dan Barker, a former evangelical preacher who now heads up the atheist and agnostic Freedom From Religion Foundation, said it was important for atheists to see their viewpoints validated alongside everyone else’s…

“It’s not that we are trying to coerce anyone; in a way our sign is a signal of protest,” Barker said. “If there can be a Nativity scene saying that we are all going to hell if we don’t bow down to Jesus, we should be at the table to share our views.”

He said if anything, it’s the Nativity scene that is the intrusion.

“Most people think December is for Christians and view our signs as an intrusion, when actually it’s the other way around,” he said. “People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the holiday from all of us humans.”

The 50 lb sign was stolen a few hours after it’s erection (LOLZ) and thrown in a ditch. A temporary sign will replace it.

Gaylor said a note would be attached saying, Thou shalt not steal. “I guess they don’t follow their own commandments.” she said.

Is she really just figuring this out now?

Source: CNN

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Responses

  1. On 21 December, the sun hits its lowest point in the sky for observers in the northern hemisphere. It hovers there, motionless, until the 24th, when it starts rising again. The days start getting longer. The world warms up.

    When the Jesus character died, he descended to hell for three days, and then raised himself from the dead. The christians set this holiday up to happen in the spring (the fertility goddess Inanna/Ishtar/Esther’s day – easter) but the symbology is similar.

    Personally, I think all the hulabaloo is a little goofy, though I understand the feelings of everyone involved.


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