Here's the problem: None of this is justification for blanket condemnation of atheists, unless you're claiming to be a vandal. (As an aside, the same five-minute Google that found those also found this . Perhaps you'd like to retract your "inaction" claim?)
Um. Just a thought. Is it really the atheists causing the problem here, or the people who are putting up a blatantly illegal display?
I don't hate or even dislike athiests.
I'm just infuriated that no action was taken by any party after the smashing of the mangers. Only the local churches seemed to be mad about it. Both a Christmas display that the local Knights of Columbus bid, and won, the rental for. As well as a few displays on church property were damaged.
(Basically anyone can bid to put a holiday display in a little area set aside in the park. Any group can apply and bid, be it red cross, a charity group, a church, an advocate group, private bidders, ect. I was in charge of handling the paper work. we had a jewish group win last year, this year Knights of Columbus won. Year before that it was freaking Coke for some reason.)
I feel like if someone had smashed a menorah made of ice, or slapped graffiti across a atheist banner the year they won, there would have been much more of a fuss.
The second bit was that after a presentation a prof took me aside and advised me not to wear a cross when speaking on scientific matters. Because it would help my image...
It's left a bad taste in my mouth.
As a whole I find loudly vocal atheists sound like a more boring version a Missionary and intellectually condescending, and the nutters I just can't stand, but that's common for every group I meet. The majority who are just "Meh I don't believe." and don't cram my face in it. I get along just fine with.
Oh can we all please agree to stop paying attention to those stupid battles over Christmas. I mean all sides, everyone who reads this Christian, Jew, Muslim, Athiests, neo-pagans and everyone else. Let's stop it please, it only makes the stupid act stupider around that time of year.