Atheists are protesting a poster that reads "God Bless America," in a Simi Valley courthouse. Some may find it offensive, but the people protesting this poster are correct. Hanging religiously-inspired imagery and propaganda in a government building is offensive and against the United States Constitution, among other documents.
Among the group of atheists protesting the poster, 51-year old Stuart Bechman is better known for his protest of the McCoy Cross, a large cross on Mt. McCoy. His endeavors paid off and the land was sold.
In his latest endeavor, Stuart Bechman wants the poster removed from the city hall, and so do other atheists and those who find religious imagery unsettling in government-run environments. It's indicative of the local government endorsing a religion, which is blatantly in contradiction to the constitutional rights of those who live in the area.
The poster reads "God bless America," and "God bless you."
Stuart Bechman makes a really valid point about the disrespect this poster represents. With it being a military poster, what of the soldiers who are atheist or of non Christian-Judaic faith? This poster clearly discriminates against non-Christian soldiers and the fact that the Simi Valley city hall is displaying it shows that they are not only endorsing Christianity but they are lending to the discrimination of non-Christian people.
Certainly some people get themselves all in a tizzy when someone mentions the fact that the United States of America isn't a Christian nation. In fact, some people get the vapors like they're southern belles in the 1800s. It doesn't seem to sink in with some people that this is a nation based on freedom and tolerance of all beliefs and even non-beliefs, as they are.
Bechman and co. aren't the only atheists making headlines these days. In fact, a group of "nonbelievers" are suing to have the "Ground Zero Cross" removed from the 9/11 Memorial Site. This cross, idolized by rescuers and those near the site of the historic attacks, is a blatant symbol of Christianity. Davide Silverman of American Atheists is a smart guy, like Stuart Bechman; both men honor the freedom of all Americans, and they don't take it lightly when someone tries to blatantly misstep these freedoms by force-feeding Christian imagery down the throats of the masses.
This isn't a christian country. Deal with it.
Government funds whether directly or indirectly should never pay for this. Period.
Displaying propaganda and "monuments" honoring one religion immediately ties that one religion to an entire nation. This is not only disrespectful but it's downright falsifying and alienating each and every person who isn't of this one faith.
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