June 24, 2011

Atheists with too much time on their hands

Some atheists in New York City are miffed that a street has been dedicated to seven firefighters who were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Why? The name of the street is "Seven In Heaven Way":

... they say the sign violates the separation of church and state.

“There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain,” said Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists. “It’s really insulting to us.” Bronstein told Fox News Radio that his organization was especially concerned with the use of the word “heaven.” “We’ve concluded as atheists there is no heaven and there’s no hell,” he said.

“And it’s a totally religious statement. It’s a question of separation of church and state.” He was nonplussed over how his opposition to the street sign might be perceived – especially since the sign is honoring fallen heroes. “It’s irrelevant who it’s for,” Bronstein said. “We think this is a very bad thing.”

Oh yeah, it's SUUUUUCH a "bad thing!" Can't have anyone thinking seven heroes are enjoying a pleasurable afterlife now, can we? We all know how detrimental that would be to our society!

I was also struck by this statement by David Silverman, president of American Atheists:

“It implies that heaven actually exists,” Silverman told Fox News Radio.

“People died in 9/11, but they were all people who died, not just Christians. Heaven is a specifically Christian place. For the city to come up and say all those heroes are in heaven now, it’s not appropriate.”

“All memorials for fallen heroes should celebrate the diversity of our country and should be secular in nature. These heroes might have been Jews, they might have been atheists, I don’t know, but either way it’s wrong for the city to say they’re in heaven. It’s preachy.”

Heaven is a specifically Christian place? Since when?? In addition, why aren't these too-much-time-on-their-hands nuts taking their "campaign" to cities across the nation -- those with names like San Francisco (Saint Francis), San Diego (Saint James), Los Angeles (The Angels), and especially Corpus Christi (The Body of Christ)??

Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists, said that if the city doesn't remove the sign, he may consider a lawsuit. Hey Ken, let me post this segment of the First Amendment for you:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...

Please demonstrate for us how a street sign is an "establishment" of a [national] religion, Mr. Bronstein. Especially since, contrary to your cohort Mr. Silverman's claims, Heaven is a place considered by many faiths.

Posted by Hube at June 24, 2011 12:31 PM | TrackBack

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Don't you understand? In the eyes of atheists, "tolerance" means everybody else doing things the way atheists prefer, lest the atheists be offended. Doing things the way that won't offend the majority is "intolerant", because the atheists choose to be offended when they don't get their way. Indeed, the only practical difference between atheists and Muslims in this regard is that the former have yet to adopt the latter's practice of blowing up and beheading their enemies.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at June 24, 2011 04:29 PM