Well, they're at it again. With Good Friday officially here and Easter Sunday fast approaching, I was starting to wonder where all the atheists were hiding. (In their underground lair, maybe?) But just like the flatulence and indigestion that follows a plate of Taco Bell, here they are, right on schedule.
The atheist activist group Freedom From Religious Foundation (or FFRF for short) a.k.a. The People Who Don't Believe In Anything (or TPWDBIA for short) are apparently pissed off because one of their anti-Easter signs was recently "vandalized." Yes...someone vandalized their cheaply made foamboard sign. Did I mention the sign was taped to a wooden easel? A clumsy janitor or the breeze from a passing briefcase could have just as easily "vandalized" this hilariously pathetic excuse for a sign.
Anyway, The People Who Don't Believe In Anything posted the sign, which reads "Nobody died for our "sins." Jesus Christ is a myth." at the Wisconsin State Capitol after learning that the Wisconsin chapter of Concerned Women for America, a Christian group based in Washington D.C. would be setting up their own Easter display. Their display features a cross and pro-life materials. (Oh, the horror.)
According to a spokesperson from TPWDBIA (yes, they apparently have spokespeople), a "fanatic" vandalized their sign last Wednesday, leaving it "violently mangled" and "mutilated."
They also released an official statement on their website, saying, "A man wrested [the] foamboard sign, which was securely taped to an easel, and violently mangled it in front of passersby. Capitol security was quickly summoned and gave chase, but the vandal got away." (I think we're using the words "securely" and "mangled" a little loosely here.)
I know what you're thinking: "Just replace the sign and stop whining," right? Well, you're not a member of TPWDBIA. They don't let an occurrence like this go to waste. The group decided to leave the sign on display, affixing a note letting people know why the sign appeared to be bent.
"Somebody, presumably somebody who disagreed with our message, tried to destroy our sign. Apparently this person believes the Capitol is a public forum for Christianity only," the note read.
It continued, "If you don't think religious messages should be displayed on government property, join the club! We don't think they should be, either. But as long as religious groups use the Capitol to proselytize, FFRF has a right to respond to their message."
As a First Amendment, Constitution-loving American, I defend the right of The People Who Don't Believe In Anything to stick their cute, little, yellow sign wherever they want. What's unfortunate (and sad) is that the group is using the sign as a weapon, wielding it to attack people of faith (specifically Christians.) One would think that on Easter weekend, the most holy of weekends in the Christian faith, these People Who Don't Believe In Anything would have a little more respect. One would think.
But they know that they can get away with it. It's perfectly within their Constitutional rights to annoy and attack Christians on public land like the Capitol. Ironically (and quite hilariously) this just makes them look like a group of petulant, whining, immature children trying to get as close as they can to decimating the message of Christianity without overstepping legal boundaries. They sort of sound like this:
I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU...I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU...STILL NOT TOUCHING YOU...I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU...I'M NOT TOUCHING YOU.
And when someone of faith pushes back, atheists then sound like this:
Annoying? Yes. Immature? Absolutely. Pathetic? You bet. Self-defeating? Very much so.
And therein lies the irony. If TPWDBIA truly want to promote their beliefs, they should stick to making speeches, writing books and boring the living daylights out of anyone with half a brain and the attention span of a gnat.
As for the heartbreaking creases in their ungodly sign, I have only one thing to say: Over 2,000 years ago, someone died so you could be free. Only, unlike your sign, He was truly "violently mangled" and "mutilated." (I would advise you atheists to invest in a dictionary. You can even find one here.) And one day, whether it's tomorrow or one second after you breathe your final breath on your deathbed as an old man or woman, you will stand face-to-face with a man who has nail prints in His hands and feet and scars on His back. And He will say one of two things to you: "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter thou into the joy of the Lord." (Matthew 25:21) or "I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:23)
Violently mangled? Mutilated?
"And the soldiers led Him [Jesus] away inside the palace and called together the whole battalion. And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him. And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they were striking His head with a reed and spitting on Him..." (Mark 15:16-19, ESV)
"Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged Him..." (John 19:1, ESV)
"So they took Jesus, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called The Place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side and Jesus between them."
(John 19:17-18, ESV)
"One of the soldiers pierced His [Jesus's] side with a spear; and at once there came out blood and water." (John 19:34)
Now you tell me. Which of the two photos below seems to be the physical representation and manifestation of "violently mangled" and "mutilated"?
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