Hemant Mehta runs the blog entitled, “Friendly Atheist.” His angle as an atheist activist is to play up the atheist-as-victim routine. About a year ago, the Friendly Atheist used his blog to accuse Christians of defacing a poster that advertised for a student atheist group at Western Carolina University. He entitled his blog entry as “Christian Graffiti on an Atheist Poster.” It’s a short piece and you can see the graffiti here.
The person who originally put the flyer up took it down after seeing the graffiti. I would’ve suggested otherwise.
Leave it up there.
Let people see “Christian Love” in action.
Then, put up a sign next to it with an arrow pointing to the first sign, reading “This is why we need the atheist group” (or something along those lines).
Hopefully, no one considers retaliating against any of the Christian groups’ posters. Because we should be better than that.
As an activist, Mehta appreciates the propaganda the value of such vandalism. It not only gives the atheists a perfect opportunity to portray themselves as victims, but also allows them to portray Christians as eevil bigots and thugs. The student atheist group also benefits, as it receives the free publicity for its event.
Of course, there is one problem with this perfect activist “teaching moment.” There is not one shred of evidence that a Christian wrote that. Not one. So why does Mehta insist that this was “Christian graffiti” and an example of “Christian love?” With no evidence to back up his claims, he must either be drawing upon his own prejudice, where his confirmation bias trumps any need for evidence, or his own sneaky activism, where the chance to score a propagandistic point is too important for needing evidence.
To his credit, and unlike Coyne, Mehta apparently allows some dissenting voices to post on his blog. Three people pointed out there was no evidence a Christian wrote the graffiti, but in each case, an atheist stepped forward to dismiss them. Mehta himself just ignores it all.