Michael is a biology graduate of the UMaine system. He likes to spend his free time hiking and defending science, though not usually at the same time. Contrary to popular (but not scientific) belief, the positive and appropriate perception of science is undermined by religion, alternative medicine, the U.S. education system, and most science journalists.
It boggles my mind that anyone would take offense to the billboard’s message. There is no attempt at evangelizing in it at all, unlike the Christian billboard (which is, as usual, telling you what they think you should belive rather than promoting tolerance towards other beliefs. ). All it is saying is that for those who already do not believe in a deity and feel isolated there is an organization for like-minded people to get together with. That’s it! What is wrong with that? Nothing. So then what is wrong with the people that showed up to the meeting (who had no business being there) and initiated a ‘discussion’ (discussion my ass- they were there to disrespectfully evangelize and wilfully disrupt the gathering, for which they should have been escorted from the room) ? There is only one answer- the very existence of atheists offends them. Sorry, Christians- you do not have the right to not be offended. These people have some real issues to deal with, perhaps some tolerance management classes would be in order.
To the Christians out there who are offended by my existence and beliefs, SOD OFF! Such people are beneath my contempt.
P.S. Anybody who is interested can ask “Dr.” Byron George why he is so disrespectful to those who do not share his brand of belief. His contact information can be found here. I certainly intend to.
I’m curious as to the actual purpose of the atheists’ meeting at the library. Were they actually “recruiting new members” as the reporter indicated?
That seems different to what I’ve come to see from atheist groups. Most of the time, it is for the atheists to find out that they are, indeed, not alone, and that their non-belief is perfectly acceptable.
How perfectly fitting that the Christians decide to come to the meeting in order to preach, rather than accept that some of us don’t believe as they do.