This is going to be a shotgun post (meaning: lots of random topics). As most already know, or have pointed out, there's been a lot of news in my area regarding atheism. The first being the Ford Dealership that ran an ad saying atheists should just "sit down and shut up" because this is America and Ford is an American company. I wrote the company, because I'm interested in the hybrid cars they're making and the ad made me less likely to buy from Ford. I got a response from Ford Corporate that basically said, "We can't control our franchises" and were "investigating the situation". Then, it got weird. The owner of the dealership said, at first, that the ad was ran by mistake. He claimed to have not listened to it in its entirety before it hit the airwaves. But, now he's changed his story. Now, he's saying that he stands by the ad one-hundred percent and people who don't believe in god should "sit down and shut up." He also made a comment about the volume of phone calls he's received during this fiasco. When he was trying to make nicey-nice, he stated that he had received many "pleasant calls from atheists" who just wanted an explanation. Now, of course, he's claiming that he's getting "threatening calls". Know what I think? I think he was shitting his pants over the initial fuss and emails. But, I think that it hit major news venues and he started calls from indignant theists who couldn't wait to slap him on the back and proclaim him a soldier for Christ (or something). I think THOSE calls emboldened him to retract his original apology. And, let's be very frank - if he'd aired an add saying Christians should "sit down and shut up" because we "have a constitution in this country", then he'd have been dodging Molotov cocktails and cross burnings.
The second gem of news from these parts is from the Lancaster area. Debbie Phillips attended a public city council meeting where the issue of putting "In God We Trust" on the wall of city chambers was being discussed. Lancaster waited very patiently and then approached the council to say her piece. Mayor Rex Parris stopped her before she could begin speaking and told her that she was "REQUIRED" to disclose her address (in a public, televised meeting) to the council. She had left the address information on her card (filled out before the meeting) blank because she was taking a position that ruffle feathers. She was told that she could not speak until that information was given. So, she gave it. She then started her statement. Of course, because people in office seem to crap on the constitution they claim to love, the council voted the signs in. And, one would've hoped that Mrs. Phillips could go home, having had her say, and get back to her life. That wasn't in the cards. Following her speech at the meeting, she woke to find that someone had vandalized her house by painting "In GOD We Trust" (emphasis kept as in the vandalism) on the windows and walls. On another window, they had scrawled "In GOD we trust OR...?". The kicker? The Mayor had absolutely, positively no right to demand that she disclose her address during the televised meeting. And, by requiring her to do so IN PUBLIC before speaking, the Mayor violated the law. And, to add insult to injury, the police said that, because it was removable, it would be hard to prosecute. The area's hate crime group is "still investigating to see if this qualifies."
What. The. Fark?
Let's recap: a US citizen gets up to voice her opinion at a city council meeting opposing putting a divisive and unconstitutional motto on public, government property. The putz mayor makes her a target by forcing her to disclose her address or lose her right to publicly object. Her home gets vandalized, while she's inside sleeping, BY HERSELF, and yet...no one does anything to help her?
That's some freeze dried bullshit right there.