OK, so I spend a lot of time talking about how Christians and atheists can be friends, and then some stupid person proves me wrong. This is also the type of thing that makes me proud and embarrassed to live in Colorado.
These billboards have been put up, sponsored by theÂ Colorado Coalition of ReasonÂ (COCORE), in Denver and Colorado Springs. A couple of additional signs were supposed to go up in Northern Colorado, where I live, but the media company refused the ads. That’s not the worst of it.
A lot of Christians who have seen the billboards have found them offensive enough that they felt a need to complain. Some have even accused the billboards of being hate speech and denigratingÂ Christians.Â One Christian driver who saw the billboard went so far as to sayÂ â€œIt is a despicable act to allow that sign…â€Â I, for one, can’t see how that is possible since the billboards are not speaking to or about Christians or people of faith, they are merely offering support to those unbelievers who may be living in the area.
This really makes me wonder if we unbelievers should start complaining about religious signs and TV shows and radio programs that we find offensive. This goes against every fiber of my being, because I am a very strong supporter of free speech. But maybe they need a dose of their own medicine so they know what it feels like. I don’t know why some people just can’t understand that not everyone finds the same things inspirational or offensive. And I don’t know why not all Americans seem to understand that America is a free, secular nation and that not everyone who lives here is or wants to be a Christian. How can we get that message across without acting as stupid as these complaining Christians?
Is it too much to ask to be treated equally? Whatever happened to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? It seems that some Christians, at least, don’t actually believe in the golden rule, never mind theÂ Constitution.
Hat tip to Hemant.