Atheism is Dead has been noting failed attempts by various atheist sects to put a happy public relations face on atheism. Taking advantage of the fact that reporter/journalists no longer seem to bother with annoying little tasks such as conducting research and checking facts various atheist sects get free advertizing by granting interviews. During these interviews they try very hard to control their anti-Christian rage and put on the victim, martyr, friendly atheist next door act. I say “act” because unlike the media I have taken the next step and also considered how these various atheist sects present themselves on their own websites. That is where you find the disparity between the “Can’t we all just get along maaaaaaan?” public image and the anti-Christian support groups found on their well within the box group think prejudice expressing websites.
This is evidenced within the following Atheism is Dead essays:
Atheism and the Continuing Public Image Shim Sham Shimmy: the Atheist Community of Topeka Give it a Shot
Atheist Nip and Tuck: the Metroplex Atheists Try on the Friendly Atheist Mask
Atheism - the Living Dead (on USA Today blog columnist Nica Lalli)
Atheism : Another Attempt at a, Positive, Face Lift (on the Seattle Atheists)
Is the “Atheist Alliance International” Atheism’s Happy Face?
The Godless Unholiday Tree (a follow up on Atheist Alliance International)
The free press was provided by the New York Times which noted that the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry spent thousands of dollars of donated money during a time of worldwide recession in order to purchase billboards that stated the innocuous enough statement, “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone.”
As we have considered in the past (at this post in particular) atheists also have more than pure motives of doing good deeds. This time we get a refreshingly very good example of that as it is reported that the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry:
They are connecting on the Internet, holding meet-ups in bars, advertising on billboards and buses, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash, earning atheist groups recognition on adopt-a-highway signs.
They liken their strategy to that of the gay-rights movement, which lifted off when closeted members of a scorned minority decided to go public.
Thus, volunteering at food pantries and picking up roadside trash is a mere strategy employed to earn atheist groups recognition, which they also seek to get by turning adopt-a-highway signs into advertisements.
Founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, Herb Silverman, stated, “The most important thing is coming out of the closet.” Assuming that this is true; the problem for such atheists is that the modern day New Atheist movement seeks not only to come out of the closet but then to kick down their neighbor’s door and shove atheism down their throats—as they already do in public school classrooms.
The New York Times also reports,
Ten national organizations that variously identify themselves as atheists, humanists, freethinkers and others who go without God have recently united to form the Secular Coalition for America, of which Mr. Silverman is president. These groups, once rivals, are now pooling resources to lobby in Washington for separation of church and state.
And encouraging the unification of atheism and state.
While the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry sport t-shirts reading “Non Prophet Organization,” an unfriendly anti-theism mockery, they certainly are not nonprofit. At the very top of the Secular Coalition for America website are two prompts to “donate” and one “support us.”
Their advisory board consist of, in part:
The President of the anti-Christian “American Atheists” Ed Buckner.
Militant activist atheist, Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Atheism.
Buddhist mystic atheist, Sam Harris who does not like the terms Buddhist, mystic or atheist and who is describe as “author on the dangers of religion to modern society” and who has a one word answer for all of the world’s ills, “religion.”
Self professed “anti-theist,” Christopher Hitchens.
Contender for the record of number of lawsuits filed and claimant that atheism is a religion, Michael Newdow who attempted to have his religion shoved down public school children’s throats by removing “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ellery Schempp who was a “litigant in…the 1963 Supreme Court ruling that public school-sponsored Bible readings were unconstitutional.”
And Julia Sweeney whose “comedy” is premised upon promulgating misconceptions about the Bible and Christianity in the form of atheist propaganda.
In an utter display of intolerance and lack of diversity they ask “Can the Obamas Help the Boy Scouts See the Light?” and state:
With reports indicating President Obama will accept the traditional role of honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, the Secular Coalition calls on him to use his power to move the Boy Scouts beyond their “traditional values” and to practice the American values of diversity and tolerance. The Coalition also hopes the First Lady, likely to become Girl Scouts’ honorary president, uses her position to promote that group’s enlightened embrace of diversity.
Apparently, to the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry is to intolerantly and in lack of diversity seek to make the Boy and Girl Scouts adhere to uniformity and change them at their core; their core of “traditional values.”
They also do not seem to know the difference between the Constitution’s Establishment Clause and a letter written by Thomas Jefferson who attended worship services in a Christian church that worshipped the God of the Bible in the Capitol Building:
The Secular Coalition Thanks the Senate for Upholding Church-State Separation…Secular Coalition for America and its allies won the first battle to protect church-state separation…
We also learn from the New York Times that,
A wave of donations, some in the millions of dollars, has enabled the hiring of more paid professional organizers, said Fred Edwords, a longtime atheist leader who just started his own umbrella group, the United Coalition of Reason, which plans to spawn 20 local groups around the country in the next year.
We can only expect success as such groups prefer legislation from the bench.
Also of interest is,
Andrew Morency, who attended a Christian high school, said that when he got to college and studied evolutionary biology he decided that “creationists lie.”
Not a big surprise as I have evidenced that atheists smuggle atheism through the back door of our science classrooms. Actually, they go right into the front door as they have managed to get atheist propaganda to be printed directly into textbooks that are supposed to be about science (see here).
It was also reported,
Part of what is giving the movement momentum is the proliferation of groups on college campuses. The Secular Student Alliance…At the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, 19 students showed up for a recent evening meeting of the “Pastafarians,” named for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster — a popular spoof on religion…
That’s right college students confuse rebellions again corrupt religion with rebellion against God, remember that there is no ultimate accountability, that you are absolutely autonomous, that if you get away with it you just got away with it and oh, yeah, do whatever you want and still look in the mirror and say, “I’m a good person.”
In keeping with the new generation of atheist evangelists, the Pastafarian leaders say that their goal is not confrontation, or even winning converts, but changing the public’s stereotype of atheists. A favorite Pastafarian activity is to gather at a busy crossroads on campus with a sign offering “Free Hugs” from “Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist.”
Apparently, the “Friendly Neighborhood Atheists,” all 19 of them, seem to think that it is not confrontation to premise their sect upon mocking theism. Perhaps according to the atheist morality de jour this makes some sort of sense. And who knows who is responsible for referring to the Pastafarians as “atheist evangelists” while claiming that “their goal is not…even winning converts.” How stereotypical the whole thing is.
Overall, we find that, yet again, the happy face is just a mask hiding the old, tired, stereotypical anti-Christian atheist support groups.
 Laurie Goodstein, “More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops,” April 27, 2009