I would take atheists a whole lot more seriously if some groups didn’t pull juvenile stunts like this.
In a public display of opposition against Christianity, a group of atheists on Saturday tore apart photocopies of Bible verses that they view as immoral and illegal.
The demonstration was led by more than a dozen members of a humanist group called Backyard Skeptics at the base of the Huntington Beach pier in Southern California.
Some of the passages the group opposed included Matthew 5:29 and James 5:14-15, which states:
“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will [c]restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up …” (NASB)
Bruce Gleason, who heads the group, told The Christian Post earlier that he was “doing this to make this a better world” because he felt that “reason, science, and critical thinking will do much more than prayer and belief.”
I wonder just what the Backyard Skeptics were trying to accomplish beyond getting their names in newspapers. They are not likely to make any converts to Atheism this way. They are not going to increase public acceptance of their beliefs by offending people. Of course offending people was not their intent.
He insisted that they weren’t trying to offend people. Only printed sheets of paper of the Bible passages were expected to be torn. But near the end of Saturday’s event, the outspoken atheist ripped out a few pages from the Bible.
Well, if they do not think that tearing pages out of a book considered by many to be sacred scripture to be offensive, than I double dog dare them to rip up a Koran.
Somehow, I think they would rather stick their tongues to a frozen flagpole, less dangerous.
- Penn and the Bible (davidscommonplacebook.wordpress.com)
- A Hell of a Way to Rally People to Your Cause (omnipotentpoobah.com)
- I have doubts Backyard Skeptics (mojoey.blogspot.com)
- Backyard Skeptics
Here is their website. They do seem to be determined to offend as many people as possible. I wonder why it doesn’t occur to these people that calling someone ignorant and stupid is not going to endear them to your cause.