The Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins is very unhappy with the run of atheist billboards that just went up around Chicago.
She’d also like to point out that my billboard omits some information: “It’s curious that the billboard doesn’t identify Mehta as a public high school teacher.” In fact, she went ahead and mentioned the school’s name in her article (just to make sure they see it in their Google Alerts, I’m sure).
You know, there are some very simple reasons for that:
- I’m not just one thing. The organizers asked me how I wanted to be identified, and between my options, I figured that “writer” was both broad and fair.
- If I identified myself as a teacher, you know she would be complaining about how I’m merging my public position with my private beliefs. So this was a lose-lose situation all the way.
- I don’t work there as a teacher anymore. I voluntarily left over the summer to pursue other opportunities. All on good terms.
Higgins would know that if she did the slightest bit of research. Which she didn’t.
She’s so convinced she’s right about everything that she sees no reason to do the slightest bit of fact-checking. It happens a lot within her organization and other right-wing groups like it. They live in an ideological bubble and any information that might penetrate it just bounces away.
Oh, since she’ll probably just change the text, hoping no one notices, instead of apologizing for her mistake, here’s the original version of her post.