Our last post on this topic was Billboard Madness in North Carolina, about a billboard campaign by a group that wants “under god” taken out of the pledge of allegiance.
As expected, the provocative billboards have caused a reaction. In Yahoo! News we read Atheist billboard defaced on N.C.’s Billy Graham Parkway. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Unknown vandals unhappy about atheists’ billboard in Charlotte, N.C., spray-painted “Under God” on the ad, the city’s atheist association discovered Monday. The defaced message will remain in place until after July 4, the group reports, which is the soonest that workers can furnish a fresh billboard image.
God-fearing vandals? We’re shocked — shocked! A picture of their billboard desecration adorns this post. Let’s read on:
The billboard reads, “One Nation Indivisible,” which is the phrase preceding the 1954 insertion of the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance … . The billboard was erected on Billy Graham Parkway last week.
On the Billy Graham Parkway! Is nothing sacred? It’s no wonder the vandals attacked. We continue:
“It was done by one or two people off on their own who decided their only recourse was vandalism rather than having a conversation,” Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics spokesman William Warren said. “It does show how needed our message is. … “
Here’s one more excerpt:
An act of Congress changed the language of the Pledge of Allegiance during the height of the Cold War. Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and Christian socialist, composed the original pledge in 1892.
A Christian socialist? Egad!
We have more on this billboard issue. Here’s an article from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of cutting-edge, young-earth creation science. They have this at their website: Atheist Ads Vandalized. They say:
While vandalism should not be condoned, these recent events shed light on what some Americans will do when they feel that their freedom of speech is threatened. An atheist spokesman in North Carolina said their message is needed to “let people know we exist and that there’s a community here.”
Yet he failed to mention the concerted effort of atheist groups to stop religious Americans from freely exercising their religion.
We think they’re saying that the atheists “feel that their freedom of speech is threatened,” but ICR points out that the atheists fail to mention their own efforts to thwart the freedom of religious Americans. Moving along:
Not content with having the freedom themselves to worship or not as they see fit, militant atheists increasingly seek to shackle the beliefs of their fellow citizens through their own distorted interpretation of “separation of church and state.”
The atheists have a “distorted interpretation.” Right! ICR knows that the Bill of Rights doesn’t really mean what it says. It couldn’t! One last excerpt:
It is perhaps not surprising that some of those fellow citizens object.
There you are — ICR endorses what they see as righteous vandalism. Hey, why not?
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