Thursday, September 27, 2007

Vandals hit home of suburban atheist.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_268181231.html

(CBS) BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. An outspoken atheist from the northwest suburbs claims his family was targeted by vandals because of their fight to keep God out of a high school homecoming celebration.
Rob Sherman and his daughter, Dawn, recently took on Buffalo Grove High School. Because of her efforts in student council, the song "God Bless America" will not be played during the festivities.
Sherman says last Friday night vandals tossed eggs at the house. Their cars were also targeted. Someone scrawled "God bless USA" and other religious graffiti on the driveway. A church bulletin was stuck on the front door. The vandalism likely was the retaliatory work of youngsters, police Sgt. Mike Millett said, since it came on the heels of the school incident and because one of the chalked words, "Jesus," was misspelled. "It's absolutely a hate crime, but police regard it as petty vandalism because it's teenagers, there was no significant economic consequences and it cost 10 bucks to wash each of the cars," Sherman said. Sherman also calls the attack very "un-Christian."

If you're going to commit a hate crime, you should -at the very least- use correct grammar. If you're a high school aged, Christian and you can't spell Jesus - your future isn't very bright. ;)

You know...I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that the outspoken Christians are going to do more damage to Christianity than atheists could ever do. It's a bit like dealing with an ex-spouse when you have children. If your ex is a jerk, you really don't have to say anything to your kids. And, in fact, you shouldn't say anything to your kids to make them think badly of a parent. However, kids aren't stupid. They'll note that your ex is an idiot in their own time...and the picture that they form on their own will be so much more effective than the picture you might paint for them. Same goes for Christians - we (as atheists) don't have to say a word. There's a surprising number of Christians who practically fall all over themselves to show how hateful and vile they really are. I actually feel bad for the Christians who are getting a bad rap because of these douche bags.

11 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

How the sweet f*ck do you misspell Jesus?

Atheist in a mini van. said...

How the sweet f*ck do you misspell Jesus?
That's what I want to know.

Rasputin said...

See now, that's what I was going to ask.

DiverL said...

Juses? Geezus? Jebus? Jezus? Jeasus? Got me...

zooski said...

Apparently they spelled is "Jessus". Hard to believe...

shaun said...

Suck it, Jessus!

Donkey M said...

I read about this elsewhere, and from what I remember, the details seem a little skewed. The news story gives the impression that father and daughter mounted some great campaign to have the song removed, whereas the daughter was directly involved in drawing up the playlist. Granted, she suggested against using the song because of the religious content, but she also thought it inappropriate because the song didn't fit with the upbeat style of the others they'd picked.

Carlie said...

I love that there was a church bulletin left on the door. "We just destroyed your yard, so...come spend time with us next Sunday!"

Riker said...

You know, I think 'Jesus' is actually a misspelling. Ain't it actually closer to 'Yeshua'?

As far as atheists not having to say a word and letting the Christians defame themselves, I agree that this is true... but I think I'd get a tiny spark of joy acting as the defamation catalyst. You know, speaking up on something to give them an opportunity to commit their foot-in-mouthery :)

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Carlie, I was thinking that they'd just given the girl and her father the address of which church to egg. *



*I do not wish to promote vandalism. Comment made tongue in cheek.

Soitgoes said...

It's cheeses! argh yawl ignernt?