Jewish Journal

Atheists politicize Independence Day

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 2, 2011 | 4:21 pm

There is no doubt that at atheists are treated differently in the United States—“baby eaters” who are not going to be elected president anytime soon. But I can’t agree with the organization American Atheists, which plans to politicize your Fourth of July.

Here is an excerpt of an email I got from the AA communications director:

As Americans head for vacation spots or fire up their backyard grills this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, they will be seeing more than fireworks when they look up.

Planes trailing banners will be flying throughout the nation with
messages like:

God-LESS America—Atheists.org and
Atheism is Patriotic - Atheists.org

“The purpose of the banners is to highlight the fact that atheists are everywhere, in every parade, on every beach, and in every state, city, and town,” said Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists. “Atheism is alive and growing in the U.S. “.

This PR move is not going over well with the public, as CNN’s Katie Glaeser reports.

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