Friday, December 01, 2006

This (Non)-Religious Persecution Has GOT To Stop!!!

Doesn't your heart just go out to the poor, persecuted atheists these days? From the Virginia Pilot, September 5, 2006:

He's an electrical tradesman, a budding investor in real estate, a doting dad whose young son is infatuated with pirates. But in his busy life, Jeremy Martin still finds time to rebut accusations that atheists like him will burn in hell.

...Martin's godlessness may be anathema to the region's large faith-based community, but he has like-minded company in Freethinkers and Atheists of Virginia.

...Their journeys to atheism are varied, but they share a concern: that society has become so biased toward religion, it threatens their freedom not to believe.

....What frustrates atheists is not that they are outnumbered, but that they are reviled. "We are the last group in the United States who it's politically correct to hate and discriminate against," said Dave Silverman, a spokesman for American Atheists Inc., a 43-year-old national advocacy group. "In the Bible Belt, it's even worse."

...Yvette and Matt Edwards, who live in Norfolk, said hostility was plain in the reactions their atheist-themed bumper stickers seemed to elicit from passers-by.
I can't quite put my finger on the reason why, but these arguments seem strangely familiar!


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