Speaking about the nonexistent right to not be offended, get a load of this.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) objected to a yearly Christmas sign in downtown Pitman, New Jersey that read “Keep Christ in Christmas.” So they put up their own (below left):
The results were predictable. As philly.com reports:
Pitman is host to an oversized “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner that hangs over Broadway. Johnson said it has hung in the center of the town’s business district during the holiday season for more than 40 years.
Since 2011, the Foundation for Freedom From Religion has asked to have the banner removed or have Pitman put up a similar banner for non-believers.
“All we wanted was equal time and equal prominence,” said the foundation’s spokesman Andrew Seidel. “Otherwise, they’re violating the Constitution.”
Pitman’s mayor and town council repeatedly rebuffed the foundation, Seidel said.
“So rather than sue this town, we decided to take a different tack and put up a billboard,” he said. The foundation leased a Clear Channel-owned sign that stands near the intersection of West Holly Avenue and Lambs Road.
Pitman residents were livid, Johnson said.
. . . An off-duty police officer witnessed the latest assault on the sign Tuesday about 11:45 p.m., said Chief Robert Zimmerman. Two white men pulled up in a silver and blue Ford 150 pickup truck with a ladder rack. They poured gas around the supports, set it ablaze and quickly fled.
“They were not successful,” Zimmerman said. “The posts are steel and didn’t ignite at all.”
. . . Seidel, the foundation’s spokeman, said the attempt to burn the sign constitutes a hate crime under New Jersey statute.
“It was an attempt to intimidate people on the basis of their religion, a case of bias intimidation,” he said, pointing out that Sunday was the 222nd anniversary of the First Amendment, which guarantees all Americans the freedoms of religion and speech.
I think that’s a bit poorly worded, because Seidel made the tacit admission that nonbelief is a “religion”. Believers could have a field day with that! He probably should have said “on the basis of their lack of religion.”
But Christians: pay attention! Do you see any atheists torching Christmas signs or nativity displays? Have you ever heard of that? On what grounds does your religion, supposedly a loving one, grant you license to attack the property of atheists, when we never do that to you?
And here’s a video of Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-President of the FFRF, defending heathen signs two years ago on Laura Ingraham’s show. Ingraham is as nasty a piece of right-wing work as they come, and seems unable to let Annie Laurie speak, but Gaylor holds her own:
There’s nothing that angers Christians more than seeing a nonbeliever try to assert her rights under the First Amendment.