“At the Washington State Capital, Freedom From Religion Foundation (headed by Dan Barker) was permitted to place a plaque next to the two (2) other Holiday displays. A “Holiday Tree” and a Nativity Scene.
The plaque reads: 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.
According to Mark Impomeni this is “an offensive message of intolerance.” (Taken from Dagoods blog ‘Christmas Message from Atheists’)
I have to admit – I find the plaque pretty stupid – and I can see how it can be offensive.
The tree is a sign of the season – evokes no real response except ‘let’s decorate this green thing’.
The nativity scene, true or not, is basically a scene of people gathering together in a manger to meet Jesus (as a baby). The message is fairly open to one’s personal opinion on the said subject.
The plaque is a plaque with words and a message. Is Dan Barker’s atheists community that simple they could not create something for their own community – a symbol of some sort for the season? A globe would of been nice. But its a stupid plaque with a message on it – and that message is clear.
‘Religion is but myth’
That’s not creative and sure as hell not in the X-mas spirit of things – it’s too damn dumb to be worth decorating – and the message is actually more on the negative side with all its ‘no’s’.
I don’t know Barker – but I do suggest he take some type of activity designed to release his creative juices. A globe goddammit!
What do you think of that Atheist message for Christmas?
***Could it replace the great music song ‘Do they know it’s Christmas time’ with ‘Do they know it’s…then read the Atheist plaque”?