Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists



Imagine if an activist group blanketed a major city with 55 billboards urging that illegal aliens go back to their own country. Or that homosexuality is a crime against nature. Or that Muslims are responsible for most of the world’s terrorist attacks.

The mainstream media would be all over the story. Organizations – like La Raza, like  GLAAD, like CAIR – would organize protests. President Obama would publicly condemn the billboards (while defending illegals, homosexuals and Islam). And the sponsors of the billboards would be branded a “hate group.”

Yet, there has been little outrage over the 55 billboards that started going up last week in Sacramento, California that mock Christians, that blaspheme God. They are sponsored by the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist organization based in Madison, Wisconsin that truly is a hate group.

“I don’t believe in Odin, either,” sneers one billboard. “Studying the bible made me an atheist,” disparages another. “Without god I am full of love,” declares still another.

Yet, Judy Saint, director of FFRF’s newly formed Sacramento chapter, insists that the 55 billboards are not anti-Christian, not anti-God. They just thought it would be a good way to encourage atheists on the down low to “come out of the closet”

“There are thousands of us here,” she said, “and we are reaching out to them because it’s such a maligned minority. If the message at all is to believers, it would be that we are good moral people, too.”

But, by her own words, Saint reveals the nefariousness of the atheist movement in this country.

She suggests that atheists are an unfairly maligned minority. But if the noisome atheist community – which constitutes less than 1 percent of the U.S. population – is maligned, it’s because of their attacks on Christians by in-your-face atheist groups like FFRF.

Indeed, not only are the atheists putting up 55 billboards that bash the religious faith of more than three-quarters of Americans, they have deliberately chosen to do so during the Christmas season, defecating on a holy day on which Christians celebrate the birth of Christ the Lord.

Saint also claims that she and her fellow atheists are both “good” and “moral.”

But there is no good in the atheists’ (un)holy war against Christianity, using billboards as their weapon of attack. And there is no morality in the atheist community’s endorsement of such practices as same-sex marriage.

Indeed, one of FFRF’s 55 billboards features Saint, the atheist hate group’s Sacramento front woman, and her wife with the message:  “Reason. Equality. Doing Good – All without gods.”

That’s the arrogance of atheists that they inherited from their father, the devil. They think that “doing good” means they are good. But the Bible advises that their good works, whatever they might be, “are as filthy rags” before the Almighty.

The Word of God also  tell us, everyone, “There is none righteous, no not one.”

The difference between unrighteous Christians and unrighteous atheists is that Christians are born again; their sins covered by the blood of Christ. Atheists, on the other hand reject Christ, and shake their fist at God.

And for their unrepentant, unforgiven sin, the unGodly will spend their existence beyond this fallen world  in everlasting torment.

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46 thoughts on “Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

  1. Yodeah on said:

    Apparently atheist lesbians are really into white blouses. Who knew! They looked like post Vatican II nuns by the haircuts and collars.

  2. noneya on said:

    Hmm. . .Cigarette companies used to advertise on billboards too. . . . So do roadside sex shops.

  3. JP? You are INSANE. And VERY hateful. NO one in that group is wishing evil upon Christians. That group is PURELY about asking zealots like YOU to stop trying to force YOUR beliefs on everyone else. And none of us care one whit if you don’t “condone” BEING Transgendered. (Transgenderism isn’t a thing, do some bloody research), because God? DOES. Try actually READING your Bible for a change. You clearly haven’t. This entire article is nothing but scared hateful reactionary drivel, lashing out ignorantly at a concept you fear and making up lies out of whole cloth (which actually IS breaking God’s rules by the way), to try and scare others into seeing a bogeyman where none exists. YOU ARE A BALD-FACED LIAR, and a VERY UnChristian hateful person.

    • Penny, I understand why you’re lashing out at me. You describe yourself on your Twitter page as, variously, a “shaman,” a “sex healer,” an “intersexed lesbian,” a “former prostitute,” a “Recovering carpet,” whatever that is, a “bona-fide freak of nature,” and a “queer porn model.” But what you really are is broken. And only through Christ can you be fixed; can you ever know the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.

  4. zoebrain on said:

    I think you’ll find that most rational people’s reactions – be they Christian or not – to this article will be to shake their head and walk away sadly. Certainly if repeated verbatim, with no editorialising, it would be seen by many as satire, that no-one could really engage in projection to that extent.

    • Zoe, it’s been a long time. I know how you feel on LGBT issues. But have you cast your lot with the atheist community?

      • JP – care to point out just WHERE Zoe has ‘cast her lot in’ with Atheists?

        She’s saying that you’re projecting your own assumptions about people’s perceptions onto the rest of us – Christian or not.

        Atheists are not as you portray them.

        “Imagine if an activist group blanketed a major city with 55 billboards urging that illegal aliens go back to their own country. Or that homosexuality is a crime against nature.”

        ….Atheism or Faith is a CHOICE. If you cannot bear having your choice challenged, you don’t have a lot of faith in it, do you?

        “55 billboards that started going up last week in Sacramento, California that mock Christians, that blaspheme God”

        ….The example shown seems to say “I can’t believe that, you haven’t convinced me” – more examples with ACTUAL photographs would make your case much better.

        We – as Christians – have to make our case for Belief in THE WORLD. The World is not a church, Christ says as much – have your say, and leave (as Paul would say). But – on a Blog – you need to make a good case, not plead special consideration. The reason so many leave the churches (as i have) is because they do not follow the most important tenets – one being the second greatest commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

        As a Transgender person, I have been forced to admit that YOUR way of thinking is nothing like what your doctrine says it ought to be.

        The ‘Church’ is a country club for a certain type of person – which varies according to the church and denomination – not somewhere that a person that admits they cannot achieve perfection can find solace in the forgiveness that Christ’s sacrifice gave ALL of us.

        “She suggests that atheists are an unfairly maligned minority. But if the noisome atheist community – which constitutes less than 1 percent of the U.S. population – is maligned, it’s because of their attacks on Christians by in-your-face atheist groups like FFRF”

        I very much suspect that she’s as disgusted as I am at the rampant hypocrisy and obvious bigotry most churches practice. Your post seems to show you don’t see it.

        …of COURSE you don’t, you’re comfortable in your pew, not questioning the poor theology and lack of adherence to Christ’s example.

        You cling to things you can easily understand, but don’t try to understand anyone else.

        You cannnot grow as a Christian – if you do not.

      • I did not say Zoe cast her lot with the atheist community. I asked Zoe if she had done so. Also, while I do not condone transgenderism, that does not stop me from having Christian love for Zoe or you or any other transgender.

      • zoebrain on said:

        As far as I know, there is no “atheist community”, at least here. Everyone’s atheist to some degree, only the degree varies. Few believe in Zeus for example, fewer still in Huitzilopochtli. There are literally millions of gods, demigods, supernatural beings of all descriptions not to believe exist.

        Many Christians that I’ve conversed with aren’t terribly sure how many gods they’re supposed to believe in. Sure, they all agree that they have to worship three, or three-in-one, or one, all the same thing anyway even if the details are fuzzy. So let’s call it one. Jesus, the son of God – OK, that’s two. And the Holy Spirit. That’s three. But really one. No matter, that’s detail, I won’t go into Trintarianism vs Unitarianism, and certainly not Homoousianism versus Homoiousianism. Or Marionism for that matter.

        But what about all the other gods and supernatural entities – “thou shalt have no other gods before me”. Baals and Demons, Angels, Archangels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devils, Unclean Spirits, Thrones, Powers and so on. I’ve yet to receive a consistent answer on how many are supposed to exist, let alone what their names are. Supernatural entities such as saints are constantly popping into existence, and occasionally popping out (St Christopher comes to mind).

        I happen not to believe in any of them, haven’t done since I won so many prizes at Sunday School. Santa Claus I had doubts about even earlier – I explored our fireplace, went up the chimney, and came to the conclusion that even if by some magic such a fat guy could get down it, he certainly wouldn’t be wearing a spotless red-and-white suit, he’d be covered in coaldust and tar, as I was at age 4.

        Bear with me – that ;led to an ethical issue. My older sister still believed in Santa. What to do, to be scrupulously honest and insist on “telling truth”, that it was all a fairy story? Or to be kind, as her belief did no harm and may have done good.

        I didn’t understand the wisdom in 1 Corinthians 13 back then – of course I thought as a child, I was only 4 – but my parents gave me guidance. Kindness is the key. Matthew 22:39-40 applies even if you think Matthew 22:35-38 does not.

        Militant Atheism – the variety that mocks people for wearing magic underwear, or dancing widdershins skyclad (deosil in the Southern Hemisphere of course), or even makes jokes about Jesus being “born again” (once in 4BCE at the time of Herod, and again 10 years later when Quirinius was Governer of Syria, as any Bible scholar knows) – is not kind. I want no part of that.

        Gently pointing out that you don’t have to be Christian to be a good person – that while we’re all human, fallible, prone to error, we’re all called on to act with Charity and that many atheists do at least as well in this regard as believers, be they Muslim, Jewish, Shinto, or even Calvinist – doesn’t evidence hatred. Do you hate Santa? Do you shake your fist at him? Do you despise him for giving presents to children, for knowing who’s been naughty and nice and rewarding accordingly? Do you hate those who believe still?

        I doubt it. Same with atheists and theists of all kinds, Christians amongst them. In fact, as with Santaism, there are many good principles in Christian belief.

        I hope this long answer explains? If not, please ask. All is possible with goodwill.

      • zoebrain on said:

        Darn, I forgot the most important part!

        HI JP,, thanks for the warm welcome. Merry Christmas!

      • Merry Christmas to you too Zoe.

      • “I do not condone transgenderism”

        …you don’t have to, but I certainly wonder what it is you think I do – since I was born this way – that would need to be ‘condoned’…..

      • I’m not sure I understand, atomicdunce. Are you saying you were born a hermaphrodite?

      • If by “hermaphrodite” you mean born with some body parts male, others female,, yes.

        See for example:
        Male–to–female transsexuals have female neuron numbers in a limbic nucleus. Kruiver et al J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2000) 85:2034–2041
        The present findings of somatostatin neuronal sex differences in the BSTc and its sex reversal in the transsexual brain clearly support the paradigm that in transsexuals sexual differentiation of the brain and genitals may go into opposite directions and point to a neurobiological basis of gender identity disorder.

        Anatomic differences visible in PET and MRI scans. Autopsies too, even on miscarried foetusses, for some of the differences (though not this particular one – the pattern is laid down before birth, but the BSTc differentiation that’s pre-programmed happens after birth).

        The laying down of the pattern is described in:
        Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation Garcia-Falgueras A, Swaab DF Endocr Dev. 2010;17:22-35
        The fetal brain develops during the intrauterine period in the male direction through a direct action of testosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and sexual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. However, since sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place in the first two months of pregnancy and sexual differentiation of the brain starts in the second half of pregnancy, these two processes can be influenced independently, which may result in extreme cases in trans-sexuality. This also means that in the event of ambiguous sex at birth, the degree of masculinization of the genitals may not reflect the degree of masculinization of the brain. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation.

      • Zoe, according to the National Institutes of Health here in the U.S., the odds of a person being born a hermaphrodite is a remote 1 in 250,000. Yet, every transgender or self-styled “intersex” person I’ve encountered – including more than a few on this blog – claims to have been born a hermaphrodite, both male and female in gender. Well, I am unconvinced. I continue to believe that almost all transgender and intersex persons are simply, and sadly, suffering sexual identity issues. And the only cure is Jehovah – Rapha.

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        Amen! Additionally, God makes no mistakes. Being born that way is because of the sin that entered into the world. It is the same reason we now have rain or snow or thorns on roses. Scientifically, it can be determined the correct gender. Irregardless, turning to Christ produces what is need in one’s life including salvation.

      • JP, pastor Jack… you might find this instructive, though I doubt it will change your mind.

        Could you possibly give me a citation for the “1 in 250,000” figure from the NIH?

        All I’ve found is this from them:

        “Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).

        The older term for this condition, hermaphroditism, came from joining the names of a Greek god and goddess, Hermes and Aphrodite. Hermes was a god of male sexuality (among other things) and Aphrodite a goddess of female sexuality, love, and beauty.

        Although the older terms are still included in this article for reference, they have been replaced by most experts (and patients and families) because they are misleading, confusing, and insensitive.”

        Note however that this definition is not the only one, and not even consistent with the rest of the article – “having a body neither wholly male nor wholly female” is more common.

        The article makes no reference to rate of Intersex, but does give a reference to the ISNA site that does.

        Better data since then has come in – total rate 1 in 60 (vice 1 in 100), rate of 47,XXY 1 in 450 (vice 1 in 1000), for example, but those figures are still in the right ballpark.

      • I suspect you might be referring to the eccentric definition proposed by Leonard Sax (and no-one else in the medical profession) in this article:

        ” If the term intersex is to retain any meaning, the term should be restricted to those conditions in which chromosomal sex is inconsistent with phenotypic sex, or in which the phenotype is not classifiable as either male or female.”

        This however would exclude almost all Intersex conditions recognised by the NIH. His contention that

        “Many reviewers are not aware that this figure includes conditions which most clinicians do not recognize as intersex, such as Klinefelter syndrome, Turner syndrome, and late-onset adrenal hyperplasia.”

        is only partly correct.

        Yes, the 1 in 60 figure does include those conditions. But “most clinicians” means Leonard Sax, and only Leonard Sax. As the NIH pages demonstrate.

    • Consider me a person who will shake their head and walk away sadly.

      • I’m sad too, Diana. That’s why I will be praying for those, like the Freedom From Religion Foundation atheists and their supporters, who wish evil upon Christians.

  5. Jp, you said it all. When is the last time you went to an anti-atheist rally? When is the last time you ever heard of one? Notice Atheists only attack Christians. why are there no Anti-Muslim Bill boards? Let me give you my thoughts on why. I noticed as a Christian, when I come in contact with someone who is far from God, even Christians, they shy away from me. As if the Holy Spirit in me is repelling them. I believe the atheists, knowing they are wrong and feeling the evil in what they believe, are lashing out at the only thing that convicts them. As Grace said so well, “Funny, I don’t hate any of the atheist’s I know…”
    They will keep doing the things they do and more as the time draws near for Jesus’ return.

    • When was the last time a Christian spoke up against an atheist? Erm. Now. It happens all the time. And that’s ok.

      When was the last time an anti-Christian rally happened? I don’t know. Haven’t heard of one. Sometimes there are protests against specific things Christians do, but I haven’t heard from a protest against Christians just because they are Christians.

      Why are there no Anti-Muslim Bill boards? Erm… Did you read the examples above? “Without god I am full of love” is not anti-Christian. You might consider it Anti-Religion (I wouldn’t), which would include Islam (as well as any other religion with one or more gods). But even if there WAS a specific anti-Christian billboard and no specific anti-Islam one, that still would be understandable, as Muslims don’t have real political power in the US – Christians do. And atheists DO speak up against Islam – see Dawkins, who is considered “Islamophobic” by some people.

      And yes, I know that you believe that atheists know they are wrong. The problem is, that you don’t see how unbelievably arrogant that is. You don’t accept other people as they are, you have to believe that they are the way you want them to be for your own world to make sense. So, if you don’t want me to say something like “Well, we both know, that you don’t really believe in god, you just pretend to, because you are afraid of admitting your unbelief to yourself”, please stop doing that.

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        You don’t get out much do you? I won’t stand here and say there are to anti-christian rallies and then you can say they are not any. It’s silly. I don’t care if you are an atheist. It just doesn’t matter to me. BTW, when you say the word God in a Country that is mostly Christian, no one is getting the idea that you are speaking of Allah or Mohammad so spin away you’ll just get dizzy. The one about Christians being in control is the funniest. I wish you were right but your not. Evolution and not the bible is being taught in the schools, Sharia law is making some rapid and deep inroads. No, you would be wrong there also. The last point was a killer. I am arrogant because I believe Atheists are wrong. Do you apply that to abortion or same sex marriage? The truth is if I ask you how much is two and two and you say three, would it make me arrogant to believe you to be wrong?

        Consider this my last retort. you need to get a bit more educated before you make statements and I don’t have the time or desire to comeback at each closet nut that responds to a genuine, intelligent article in a foul way.

  6. Oh my Darwin! Insulting billboards! What TERRIBLE persecution, my heart bleeds.

  7. jebudiah on said:

    im tyred ov atheeusts rewuning ar guud kristun moruls by prumotun fagitree an sin an liburulizum too ar childrun an koruptin thair myndz. atheeusts need too b thrown in jayul bekoz thay ar evul an wannuh tayke evrybuddy too heyll wit them so thay spred lyz sayun thare iz no gawd an teyl uz thad siunse cayn anzer al ar qwestunz abaot thu unuverse al lyz i dun ben hom skoold so thad I didunt git confuzed by thayr liburul braynwashin in publik skool an im glayd i did im fixun too homeskool my own kidz so thay uhvoid atheeust braynwashin az well

    • Yes, jebudiah, Christians are unthinking illiterates, while atheist types like you are so enlightened. Do you know what your fellow atheist, Peter Higgs, co-recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics, had to say about non-believers of your ilk? You’re “embarrassing.” That you give atheism a bad reputation.

  8. Ignostic Atheist on said:

    “That’s the arrogance of atheists that they inherited from their father, the devil. They think that “doing good” means they are good. But the Bible advises that their good works, whatever they might be, “are as filthy rags” before the Almighty.”

    Oh look, there’s the minority maligning she was talking about.

    • Your moral equivalency argument is facile. Had Judy Saint and her fellow atheists not waged an unprovoked billboard attack on the Christian faith, I would not have responded on this blog. If atheists are “maligned,” it’s because they continue to pull hateful stunts that amount to giving Christians their middle finger. And during the Chistmas season, no less.

      • Ignostic Atheist on said:

        On the other hand, it’s super cool that christians put up billboards all over, promoting their beliefs, positive or negative. But atheists shouldn’t do that, because atheists are bad by definition.

        Oh, and that isn’t a moral equivalency. That’s me quoting you, who is doing something that Judy Saint mentioned is done against atheists. Namely, maligning a minority.

        Feel free to do a google search of christian billboards. I especially like the “Why do atheists hate America?” one.

      • Are you saying that billboards sponsored by Christians, declaring “Jesus is the reason for the season,” is an attack upon atheists? I don’t see how it can be because there would be no Christmas, no holiday season, without Jesus Christ. So enjoy your day off and thank the Lord.

      • Ignostic Atheist on said:

        No christmas, sure, but I bet we’d still celebrate winter solstice, what with it being the original reason for the set of late december holidays.

        And yes, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” is an attack on anyone who doesn’t believe in Christianity, and yet celebrates the season. At least, it’s as much an attack on atheists as “Doing Good – All without gods,” is an attack against Christianity. (This may be difficult to get, but the reason I say that, is because the atheist billboard targets ALL religion, not specifically Christianity. The only reason I say attack is because you insist upon using the word. Only a fool would consider “Doing Good – Without Gods” an attack and not a statement. The same goes for “Jesus is the reason for the season.”)

  9. I don’t see anything where they hate Christians. The atheists seem to be happy without God in their lives so why should that have anything to do with you? Your faith is pretty weak if you can’t handle a couple of billboards. It seems to be a lot more friendly than saying if you don’t believe in what I say, you’re going to be burned alive and your flesh will be stripped from your body for eternity. My favorite say for the atheists is: “I’m an Atheist. I don’t hate anyone”

    • You’re being disingenuous John. If I posted 55 comments on, say, your Facebook page denigrating your belief system, would you not consider that hateful? And my faith is more than strong enough to not only handle a couple billboards, but all 55 that are going up in Sacramento (or 55 times 55, for that matter). Because in all things I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me.

      The reason I called the atheists out is because I subscribe to the thinking of Edmund Burke who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” And, yes, atheism is evil.

  10. Thank you. By posting this and showing the world that you can only spew hate around without being able to quote an even remotely hateful billboard, you are doing more for our cause than we ever could. Thank you very much. Please, continue with your hate, your master, Satan, would be very proud if he existed.

    • Funny, I don’t hate any of the atheist’s I know, so obviously someone has their panties in a twist. Bit o’ the devil and such, what a shame, they might have gotten a real dialog out of someone like myself who takes God’s orders to love everyone seriously. I doubt that I have ever had a conversation with anyone of any lifestyle preference that they have not come away knowing there is at least one Christian that feels that everyone has a right to co-exist with each other without spewing crap of any sort. Of course one of my co-authors is from the LGBT community and he too shakes his head at people who can’t leave other peoples lifestyle preferences alone either. In America it is supposed to be equality and freedom for All, who does not understand that?

      • Did you write the article? If not, why do you reply like I talked to you? Some of my friends are Christians, so what? I know that being Christian doesn’t mean that you have to be hate-filled. But of course, as this article proves quite nicely, being Christian also does not prevent you from it.

      • pastorjackwilson on said:

        Gee, that was a sad retort. Grace just stated she didn’t hate Atheists and the ones the article is about are acting unkind. I am wondering what she said wrong or perhaps you have an axe to grind?

      • Did you read my reply at all? Everything I said was, that my reply to the article was not directed at her (or any other Christian besides the author of the article) and that I also have Christian friends. Where do you get the idea that I thought she was saying anything wrong?

        Anyway, while “unkind” is a better word for these billboards than some of the words the author of the article used, I still don*t agree – at least not concerning the examples given in the article (something like “Religion is a delusion” would qualify as unkind, for example). You might not like the fact that atheists speak their mind, but that doesn’t automatically make it unkind. It’s a different opinion. Try to live with it. Nobody is forcing you to listen or to agree.

        But thank your for using the word “unkind”. We may not agree on that matter, but at least you agreed that they are far off from hateful, etc.

    • Atomic Mutant, it is sophistry for you to suggest that, because I have repsonded to an unprovoked attack upon Sacramento’s Christian community, t I am somehow no less hateful than your atheist friends, the sponsors of the 55 anti-Christian billboards going up in California’s state capital. Your yelps of indignance remind me of the words of President Harry S Truman when he was accused of giving his opposers hell. “I don’t give them hell,” said Truman. “I just speak the truth and they think it’s hell.”

      • Clear Thinking on said:

        In this case it seems that they speak the truth and you feel attacked. You provide a picture of one of the 55 billboards and it doesn’t mention Christianity at all. You provide three quotes from others. Two of those also don’t mention Christianity or anything connected with it, and the other only points out that a close reading of the Bible can provide a selection of factual errors ( Pi=3 for example) and logical problems that can turn away belief. Just how is a statement that one is full of love an attack or “hate speech”?

      • Clear Thinking, I don’t feel attacked, personally, because I’m not a member of Sacramento’s Christian community. As to the photo accompanying this post that depicts one of the 55 billboards, it doesn’t need to mention Christianity to know its a slam against Christians. After all, it features the director of FFRF’s new Sacramento chapter and her lesbian wife. And as to the three billboards I quoted, they don’t need to explicitly mention Christianity to denigrate Christianity. Indeed, one of the billboards declares, “Studying the bible made me an atheist.” That says the Bible is a fairy tale, and those who believe otherwise are idiots. That amounts to anti-Christian hate speech.

      • zoebrain on said:

        The problem is that studying the Bible – and the Koran, and the Torah, and some of the Talmud (there’s a lot in there, one could spend a lifetime in it and still only scratch the surface), and the Book of Mormon, and the Bhaghavid-Gita, and the Analects of the Sage, the Principia Discordia and Confessions of St Augustine – made me an atheist too. That’s just a fact.

        Is the Bible a Fairy Tale? I’ll leave Thomas Jefferson to answer that:

        “They have been still more disfigured by the corruptions of schismatizing followers, who have found an interest in sophisticating and perverting the simple doctrines he taught, by engrafting on them the mysticisms of a Grecian Sophist (Plato), frittering them into subtilties and obscuring them with jargon, until they have caused good men to reject the whole in disgust, and to view Jesus himself as an impostor. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, a system of morals is presented to us which, if filled up in the true style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man. The question of his being a member of the Godhead, or in direct communication with it, claimed for him by some of his followers, and denied by others, is foreign to the present view, which is merely an estimate of the intrinsic merits of his doctrines.”

        “I, too, have made a wee-little book from the same materials (The Gospels) which I call the Philosophy of Jesus. It is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen. It is a document in proof that I am a REAL CHRISTIAN, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call ME infidel and THEMSELVES Christians and preachers of the Gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what its author never said nor saw. They have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man, of which the great reformer of the vicious ethics and deism of the Jews, were he to return on earth, would not recognize one feature.”

        I don’t call myself Christian, REAL or otherwise, as does Jefferson. Christianity as it is practiced today has one tenet, and one tenet only: belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ, and that salvation is only possible through Him. His teachings – optional extras, usually discarded as terribly inconvenient and very, very difficult to live by. Not necessary, too hard, so ignored.

        “Fairy Story”? That cannot be a fair or just description of a work containing a “beautiful or precious morsel of ethics”. Even if full of self-contradictions and superstitious nonsense on stilts in places.

        “Those who believe are idiots” – there’s so much objective evidence against that hypothesis that one doesn’t know where to begin. I’d venture to say that most of the great intellects of history have been theists of one kind or another, many of them Christian. It’s as much of a ludicrous statement as “the Earth is flat” or “the Moon is made of green cheese”. But the billboards don’t imply it, any more than they make implications about the composition of the lunar surface.

      • Voicing a different opinion is NOT an “unprovoked attack”. You may not like it, but people do not have to be Christians and they do have the right to talk about it – yes, that includes billboards. But, rejoice, Christians also have the right to talk about their religion – and that also includes billboards (something that you knew already, didn’t you?).

        And yes, I know that (some!) Christians think that way, the same way a racists thinks he is not racist, but only speaking the “truth”. It’s sad, really.

      • Atomic Mutant, if I bombarded your blog with 55 comments berating you and your atheist views, would you not consider that an attack? Most reasonable minded people would. And if you do not think that Freedom From Religion Foundation’s billboard campaign was borne of animus toward Christians, you are intellectually dishonest.

        Finally, you complain on your blog, “Sometimes Christians write postings and close the comments, which I find a pretty cowardly attitude.” Well, I, for one, am not cowardly. I just don’t have the time or inclination to respond to an inordinate number of comments from a single individual.

        Indeed, you have submitted more than a half-dozen commments to this particular post, all of which we have published. I think we have been more than magnanimous. Go in peace.

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