We’ve seen before that modern day atheists are delicate, fragile little flowers. They are so easily traumatized by public displays of religiosity, they have even formed an organization devoted to turning the public square into one big Atheist Safe Space.
Yet another example of the Quest for Atheist Safe Spaces has come to my attention thanks to Google. This time, it involves some statue of Jesus located in some remote setting in the mountains of Montana.
“And now they’ve been going after this statute of Jesus, which was erected 60 years ago by the Knights of Columbus on a ski resort to memorialize soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division who died fighting in the Alps of Italy,” says Baxter.
Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s organization, leases the property from the U.S. Forest Service.
Not surprisingly, the co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who describes herself as a feminist and liberal (according to wiki), reaches for her fainting couch as she explains how she is being traumatized by the remote statue:
“When I look at that Jesus statue,” FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor complained, “I see the continuing efforts of this aggressive, missionizing, male-only Catholic club to deny U.S. women the right to abortion and contraception in the name of Jesus.”
Sounds like someone needed a trigger warning. It’s amusing to see a full time atheist activist whine about someone else being aggressive and missionizing, but it’s hard for serious thinkers to take Gaylor seriously here.
Look, atheists often complain how society has a negative view of them. So let me offer some free advice. One of the main reasons there are negative stereotypes about atheists is precisely this type of trouble-making. For 60 years, some remote statue has existed without any incident. There is no evidence that any person has ever felt pressured by the government to become a Catholic because they saw this statue. For the small number of people who have seen it while on vacation, most probably take pictures. Then, along comes an atheist who throws an intolerant, angry tantrum, demanding the statue be removed because they are traumatized by their own anti-Catholic feelings. Then, the atheists will pretend they are getting some type of government message from the statue and everyone has to go to court about it. Again and again.
If the FFRF eventually succeeds in having this harmless statue removed, they will also succeed in helping to entrench the negative stereotypes about atheists.