Christine Dao at the Institute for Creation Research — there’s a laugh for you — says that vandalism is wrong… but the atheists really brought this on themselves:
While vandalism should not be condoned, these recent events shed light on what some Americans will do when they feel that their freedom of speech is threatened. An atheist spokesman in North Carolina said their message is needed to “let people know we exist and that there’s a community here.”
Yet he failed to mention the concerted effort of atheist groups to stop religious Americans from freely exercising their religion. Not content with having the freedom themselves to worship or not as they see fit, militant atheists increasingly seek to shackle the beliefs of their fellow citizens through their own distorted interpretation of “separation of church and state.”It is perhaps not surprising that some of those fellow citizens object.
I look forward to Dao’s next posting, where she says that rape is wrong, but if a woman wears revealing clothing, she’s just asking for it.
I don’t know of any atheist organization — certainly no group paying for these billboards — that wants to take away anybody’s religious freedom. Some billboards want to let fellow atheists there are more of us in the community. Some billboards may poke fun at religion, too. But no group is trying to revoke everybody’s right to believe in whatever they want.
Noticeably, when Dao says that atheists are trying to take away that right, she provides a footnote. That footnote goes to this article about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s victory in the National Day of Prayer case. That decision said that government endorsement of religion/prayer was unconstitutional. It did not take away anybody’s right to celebrate the National Day of Prayer if they wanted to.
Dao doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She’s somehow found a way to make the ICR look bad… which is pretty impressive, considering they embarrass themselves on a regular basis.