Monday, March 10, 2014


Here's a classic story of people trying desperately hard to be offended whenever they can.

Atheists want iconic 17-foot cross removed from 9/11 museum
Atheists are trying to oust the “Miracle Cross” from the 9/11 museum arguing that its inclusion would violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

But Eric Baxster of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told MyFoxNY that the cross is part of the story of 9/11 and that museums don't censor history.
It's a museum, you thin-skinned jackass. I'll bet there are plenty of religious items in the various and sundry Smithsonian museums, and any art museum is bound to have works of art with religious themes. The First Amendment guarantees you that the government cannot force you to be part of a religious organization.

It does not mean that you have a right to never, ever hear or see anything religious.

To say nothing of the fact that this is not a religious artifact. It's pieces of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks that were discovered in a configuration that resembles the Christian cross. It's not an actual cross. Are we going to expunge every single instance of crosses in all government installations?

What's next, are we going to demand that the government stop using lowercase "t"s?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


bluesun said...

Apparently atheist groups don't mind it if everyone else thinks they're dicks.

Johnny - Oh said...

As an Atheist myself, this kind of stuff ticks me off. These kind of reactions are even worse than the Baptist who "see's Evil in the crotch of a tree". Whether or not other people want or need religion is none of my business, and has no bearing on my life. Harm's me not one little bit. If more of these young atheists would be a little more introspective, they might realize that they've turned their lack of religion INTO Their Religion. If (insert Diety here) helps you live a better life and be a better person, who the hell am I to say you're wrong?

Sigivald said...

Don't give the Professional Atheists any ideas.

I'm more or less in Johnny - Oh's boat.

I'm a lifelong atheist, and none of the things that they freak out about regularly bother me at all.

(But then I can read, and I'm an originalist.

I think the First Amendment bans a Federally mandated official Church, and the most it's really extensible is to a) Things that act like that in disguise and b) Against the States via the 14th Amendment.

(Which is why I don't have a problem with banning Federal funding of churches, unless every possible one is included.

But if there are no favorites, it's fine - because favorites lead too much to Establishment, but universalism doesn't.

And that just gave me the idea of an Established Universalist Church, which is hilarious. I'm not sure it'd fundamentally differ from atheism...)

Hafnhaf said...

I bet they found a lot of twisted wreckage that looked like The Flying Spaghetti Monster. That stuff they just turned into the USS New York. As a disciple of His Noodlyness I am incensed!

ProudHillbilly said...

"Are we going to expunge every single instance of crosses in all government installations?"

They'll try. I keep wondering when they'll try to make me take mine down in my cubical at work.