Once again, atheists are having their incredibly unoffensive ads censored on the charge that they’re too offensive. This time it’s in Iowa. And once again, what is this obscene ad that has Iowans (Iowans? Iowaians? Iowaese?) so deeply offended to their core?
That’s right. Once again it’s the slogan, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.”
Really Iowa? This is where you’re drawing the line? Seriously? And not only were the already purchased ads pulled from city buses but Governor Chet Culver announced that he was “disturbed, personally” by them. Seriously, why would anyone want such a pussy to be their governor. If you can’t even stand a sign asking people if they don’t believe in gods, why should I believe this man can handle decisions about the economy?
It’s fuckin’ absurd! And I hope these assholes get slapped with a discrimination suit so big they’re think they’re Job. If it were merely about bus companies afraid to lose business because of offensive ads, that would be one thing. But we all know far more offensive ads than this appear on the sides of buses every day without any significant loss of business. Far more offensive ads and billboards are allowed to go up all the time when they’re from religious groups.
And it infuriates me to no end that I only see fellow atheists standing up against this injustice. This isn’t just anti-atheist. This is anti-freedom and it’s un-American. There is no law in the U.S. protecting individuals from being offended. Obscenity law is vague and its rulings are constantly overturned.
This highlights one of the many ways in which religion itself conflicts with American values. Not only are religious dogmas totalitarian from the core as they demand strict obediance to a great dictactor with absolute power who allegedly watches your every move, but their doctrines insist they’re always right while everyone who disagrees must be wrong, if not immoral.
Religions like Christianity cannot tolerate dissenting views because as long as just one person disagrees with them, that person is a threat to their entire brainwashed, fascist beliefs. How incredibly sad these individuals are, that mere disagreement offends and disturbs their narrow-minded, bigoted little ideology. And its this fragility that will ultimately bring down this house of cards called religion.