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Look in the mirror for hate, Mr. Nedd

August 2, 2008

CNS news reports that In God We Trust, an non-profit group that states that “Atheists hate America” and lists on its Outrages page such horrors as Charles Barkley having the gall to call conservative Christians “Fake Christians”, has sent a letter to presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama urging him to denounce a billboard in Denver that state “Imagine No Religion”.

Described by Bishop Council Nedd (Flanders?), the chairman of IGWT, as hate speech, the billboard was financed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF, another non-profit:

…is an educational group working for the separation of state and church. Its purposes, as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

Incorporated in 1978 in Wisconsin, the Foundation is a national membership association of freethinkers: atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree. The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). All dues and contributions are deductible for income tax purposes. (link)

According to Mike Christensen, a Seattle FFRF member, the billboards are not out there to preach hate at all, but “asks us to imagine a world where people can look at the universe with an open mind, and not make an assumption based on blind faith.” (link)

It really amazes me the level of deception that supposedly good, religious folks will engage in to get their way. In Nedds letter, he writes “By placing their billboard in Denver, the FFRF hopes to ride your coattails to the Democratic National Convention and claim your success somehow validates their anti-religious views”, even though the billboard was rented only through the months of June and July and would be long gone before the DNC. (link) Hell, it’s probably gone now, but I suppose a firm grip on afct and reality is not something the councilman prides himself on. No, he wants to fight a dirty game and win at all costs.

This last is easily displayed in the advertising campaign the In God We Trust started to counter the FFRFs. Tell me, which looks like hate speech to you?

Or this:

I think any reader with a brain in their head know the answer to that question. Maybe I should just laugh it off

h/t to vjack for the find

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