Atheist bus ads in Detroit vandalized by tolerant, upstanding religious folks.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an entry about the atheist bus ads making their way to Detroit. I mentioned in the title that the Christians in the area were “freaking the fuck out.” A description that at least one commenter in that thread took issue with:

John writes:

So what? I’m an atheist. I’m also not one who attempts to make excuses for my beliefs – just as Christians should not for theirs. They aren’t “freaking the fuck out” from what I can tell from the protests. It seems most want to abstain from riding the train that displays a message on it that they disagree with ; which is fine. It’s what I do by avoiding walking in to places of worship because I don’t wish to hear whatever messages I disagree with.

You’re right, John. It was wrong of me to characterize the folks leaving angry comments on the news article as “freaking the fuck out.”

Though perhaps this qualifies:

(Detroit, March 15, 2010) Vandals defaced or tore off part of the wording on at least three of the Detroit area bus ads that read “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” In each of the three currently known instances, it was the word “Don’t” that was targeted.

The vandalized signs are among the baker’s dozen of King and Queen sized ads first placed on the outsides of Detroit SMART buses on March 4 by the Detroit Area Coalition of Reason (Detroit CoR). The ads were paid for by the United Coalition of Reason (United CoR), headquartered in Washington DC.

“Acts like this give a striking reminder that our message is necessary,” said Ruthe Milan, coordinator of Detroit CoR. “Without a doubt, prejudice against atheists and agnostics is still very real in American life.”

Yes, there’s nothing like vandalizing messages you don’t agree with to demonstrate Jesus’ love and teachings of tolerance. A rather innocuous message reaching out to other atheists is just the sort of thing that would’ve prompted Jesus into trying to rip them off the sides of the buses. Heaven forbid us atheists associate freely and openly! Next thing you know we’ll be meeting with the President and expressing our opinions on things!

Oh, wait…

10 thoughts on “Atheist bus ads in Detroit vandalized by tolerant, upstanding religious folks.

  1. @elwedriddsche – both of those statements are only true if you are a PART of either of those religions – otherwise they want to kill you and they hate you (respectively… or both, you decide).

  2. Early prediction… Fox News won’t report the vandalism. Or, if they do, the vandals will be presented as the heroes.

  3. Wait a minute! You don’t understand. Detroit needs jobs and what better way to create them than by vandalizing something that will need to be repaired or replaced. Probably just Obama’s outreach program at work, there.

    🙂

    Peace.

  4. It is precisely these things that explain what a double-standard this country has for religious tolerance. If you’re a member of a religion that is being persecuted for your beliefs, then you have all sorts of people coming to your defense and the message of tolerance comes through loud and clear (unless your a Muslim in a post 9/11 world, but that’s a different issue) but say you’re an Atheist and your mere existence is an attack on fundamental religious dogma and if you aren’t actively censured, your pleas for help are ignored by those same religious folk who would otherwise preach tolerance and understanding.

    People try to tell me I’m exaggerating. Then I see a story like this. This has got to be the least offensive Atheist sign ever created. There’s no dig at any specific religion or even religion in general. It’s an attempt to reach out to Atheists. Even that apparently isn’t tolerated by the whacko’s.

  5. That’s what’s so brilliant about the fundies’ strategy, swordsbane. They are, in almost all cases, the aggressor, yet they always spin it as if they are the hapless victim, and as you stated, they always have plenty of groups and individuals rise to their defense. It’s simple (and devious), but it’s wildly effective. I mean, I want to scream every time I hear some mouthpiece for one of those bullshit “family values” groups like the American Family Association or Focus on the Family start whining about how their Christian beliefs are being marginalized in modern American society. Oh, really? Maybe they should come down here to North Carolina (and not some rural part of the state, but the Charlotte metropolitan area) and just wander through a parking lot. All they’ll see is Jesus freak bumper stickers. And that’s to say nothing of the billboards: it’s like every other one is advertising some young, hip, nontraditional, wannabe megachurch upstart. But no, Christianity in all its myriad forms is, according to them, at the brink of annihilation by the super-powerful and underhanded atheist lobby. Yeah, right.

  6. @John

    “It seems most want to abstain from riding the train that displays a message on it that they disagree with ; which is fine. It’s what I do by avoiding walking in to places of worship because I don’t wish to hear whatever messages I disagree with.”

    Can you also avoid using US currency, pledging allegiance to the US, or voting for a candidate whose campaign is built upon his/her religious beliefs?

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