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Bad Wabbit

April 12, 2006 | 6 Comments

Peter Cottontail has gone godless. As part of a War on Easter, 666 copies of Brian Flemming’s best-selling atheistic DVD documentary The God Who Wasn’t There are being hidden like “Easter eggs” in sanctuaries, church yards and other holy areas. From the press release:

Flyers explaining the will be planted by undercover operatives among actual Easter eggs at churches holding egg hunts on Easter Sunday.

“People go to churches to hide from the truth,” explained Beyond Belief Media president Brian Flemming, a former Christian fundamentalist. “At no time is this more apparent than Easter, when Christians get together to convince each other that a man died, stayed dead three days, rose from the dead and then flew into the air above the clouds.

“Our nonviolent campaign sends the message that nowhere in the country is safe from the truth. Wherever Christian leaders are indoctrinating children with 2000-year-old fairy tales, the truth may just find its way there.

“Our ‘War on Easter’ is of course completely without violence of any kind. Christians believe that beating a man to a pulp and nailing him to a cross somehow solves all the world’s problems.”

(Pictures from the battlefield here).

Too in-Thou-Face? I’ve opposed trespassing upon private houses of worship, especially to have sex. My own preferred mode of evangelism is blogging. If a Christian complains that my intolerance is impinging on his freedom of religion, I can point out it’s the price you pay for entering a site you’ve Googled to with an “atheists go to hell” search.

But I don’t think the War on Easter campaign crosses any lines. It’s just leafleting with DVDs. The Jehovah’s witnesses and the Gideon Bible Society do it, more often and more obtrusively. And we live in a nation were millions of public school children are coerced every morning to pledge allegiance to God. Offering a truth-filled documentary (including my plug for CPCs) once a year to a few hundred parishioners can hardly be compared to the Crusades. (Not that I would object to a crusade, like taxing the churches out of existence with the same laws that apply to store-front psychics).

Will the promotion give atheists worse rep? l doubt it. I mean, Jehovah, Jehovah, how could it be worse??


6 Responses to “Bad Wabbit”

  1. Jean-Paul Fastidious
    April 12th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    I’ll have to pass on the War on Easter since I’m being deployed to the Skirmish on Good Friday. Our brave company of self-righteous god-haters will be planting Slim Jims in cathedrals all across the nation. That’ll teach them not to consume delicious meat on Good Friday!

    Slim Jim is the official sponsor of Skirmish on Good Friday. This message brought to you by ConAgra Foods, Inc. When you want to taunt Catholics with meat, choose quality ConAgra brand meat by-products.

  2. yonatron
    April 12th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    > The Jehovah’s witnesses and the Gideon Bible Society do it, more often and more obtrusively.
    In that case, let’s just kill people who make fun of us, since the Muslims do it.

    I dunno. I think some form of atheist, um, “conversion” activity is reasonable, but I think it’s just civil to stay off people’s property in the process. Maybe plant stuff, you know, on the sidewalk near-ish the church

  3. Tom
    April 12th, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    Damn, damn funny, Jean-Paul.

  4. Thorngod
    April 13th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    I insert 3 sheets of selected quatrains from Fitzgerald’s RUBAIYAT in those Gideons and deposit them in other occasional places.

  5. jahrta
    April 13th, 2006 @ 11:30 am

    I’ve often been tempted to simply throw out the gideon bibles whenever I see them in hotels, or slap a sticker on the cover as to the reality behind the man who was Gideon, and the atrocities he committed during his reign of terror.

    Since the books were free, and any “true” christian would carry their own bible, where is the crime in throwing them out? It’s not hotel property, but instead is unsolicited materials like any other junk mail or “have you seen me?” flier, only in this case no one has ever seen Jesus (well, not any SANE person, anyway)

  6. ukexpat
    April 18th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    If one of the local churches in my area can (as it recently did – anonymously of course) deliver the “Jesus DVD” to my mailbox unsolicited, then I say “full steam ahead” with the war on Easter…

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