The Atheists Are Coming!
The Atheists Are Coming!
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 5:33 AM
This morning I heard on the radio that clergy and citizens of Cranford, New Jersey were up in arms over a large Atheist organization (from Texas) planning to move to their town. Can someone confirm this for me. I live in northern NJ and would welcome such a move to this area.
Thank you for your time.
Cordially, Your BORN-AGAIN ATHEIST!!
American Atheists, founded by Madalyn Murray-O'Hair (who with her family disappeared mysteriously about three years ago), has already moved to New Jersey. This is because the people who currently run the organization live in that general area. The organization has only recently become strictly a Separationist lobbying organization that also works for atheist dignity.
American Atheists is not a local operation but a national one.
People (expecially Christians) who fear that the God of Mercy will dump cosmic-sized buckets of boiling sulphur upon their town because an atheist organization is headquartered there, do well to read the alleged exchange between Yahweh and Abraham as presented in Genesis 18 where Abraham reasons with God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until the good folks have had time to leave: "That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked," says Abraham. In the tale, God agrees with (is swayed by) Abraham's argument. It is my experience that hysterical fundamentalist Christians tend to respond favorably to this passage.
Now, we atheists know that no god is going to rain fire and brimstone upon anybody. However, religious folks cannot be persuaded of this, and the next best thing we can do is to try to calm them down toward reasonableness in the only language they understand. I hope a few thinking preachers or a newspaper editorial writer is able to accomplish this. American Atheists has had more than their fair share of death threats, etc., throughout the years, and investigators have only recently started thinking that the O'Hair family was the victim of a robbery, killed for the organization's money.
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