March 23, 2010

Vandalism Shows That Atheists Face Prejudice

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Nirak Warikoo's article in the Detroit Free Press summarized the take home message from still more vandalism of atheist bus ads perfectly: "Vandalism shows how group faces prejudice."

The Detroit ads simply said, "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." A more positive and inoffensive message I cannot imagine. But this did not deter the vandals, much as it has not deterred countless Christians who have denounced this message as offensive.
"It's unfortunate," said Fred Edwords, national director for the United Coalition of Reason, the Washington D.C.-based group that paid for the ads. "It's a sign that we need to keep getting our message out. This kind of prejudice won't go away unless we are up front and out there."
Edwords is right. This is more evidence that we need to stand up and speak out. If anti-atheist bigotry is to become socially unacceptable, it will be because we make it happen.

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