Matt Staver, the extremist christianist poohbah of the extremist christianist legal flophouse known as Liberty Counsel, which is based right here in fatuous Florida, has set into motion "its 'Friend or Foe' Christmas campaign in an effort to defend America from the same secularization faced by people living under atheistic governments."
Thank god for that!
Whew. We sure wouldn't want to face what those people have to go through! Wow! I'll bet they can only say "Merry Christmas" twice a day and never on Sunday!
What's got Staver's shorts in a knot is another campaign - this one by the American Humanist Association - which paid for ads to be placed on buses in Washington, D.C. This campaign will continue through the month of December and the ads read: "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake."
Staver said, righteously, "Christmas is a time of joy and hope, not a time for hate."
I have found in recent years that anytime you criticize right wing extremist christianists or just plain right wingers, they think you're filled with hate. And they all want to pray for me.
The problem with an ad like this, from the christianist point of view, is that christianists don't believe people can be good without believing in their particular skygod. One of the densest christianists around, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, said "It's a stupid ad. How do we define 'good' if we don't believe in God? God in His word, the Bible, tells us what's good and bad and right and wrong. If we are each ourselves defining what's good, it's going to be a crazy world."
Well, now, think about that for a moment. No two people can agree on what the Bible says, so that's a huge problem right off the bat. Some people believe God said some things were good, and others think God said those same things were bad. And there are numerous places in the Bible where God comes off looking pretty bad himself!
Christians have a big problem here, because if you consider the history of Christianity, it's not a nice picture. It's two thousand years of incredible violence and horror. Where's the good in that?
And the AHA is not about hate, it's about prodding people to think about what they believe. Do you really need to believe in the christianist god to be good? A quick look around will provide you the answer: of course not. In fact, a lot of pretty nasty people claim to believe in the christianist god.
Actually, "Be good for goodness' sake" ain't a bad slogan, whether you believe in god or not.
Dontcha just hate it when the "bad" guys are right?