After the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) 300 (more or less) visited the Creation “Museum” and had at least one of their number kicked out for seeminly trivial reasons, there’s been a lot of inevitable backlash from creationists insisting that “the atheists” were misbehaving and unruly even though the “museum” officials have themselves stated that the SSA were behaved. . .while also simultaneously claiming that they weren’t (??).
Well, now they’ve got some explaining to do because it turns out that one Christian couple decided to perform a little social experiment and tagged along with the SSA to the “museum” to find out for themselves first-hand what it’s like to wear a scarlet ‘A’ for a day. They didn’t literally wear any atheist OUT Campaign merchandise displaying the scarlet ‘A’ but they were given name tags that identified them as being with the SSA, so as far as everyone was aware, they were one us. And while spending a day in the atheist’s shoes, what they found appalled them:
… While I did not have a T-shirt (a symbol anyway) it was obvious that there was a distinctive way that we were being treated because of the shared identification. There were hateful glances, exaggerated perceptions, waxing surveillance by security, and anxious but strong ‘amens’ accompanying a lecture on “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Dr. Jason Lisle.
Is this how Christians treat people? Is this how we follow Jesus’ commandment to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us? I cannot help but think that many Christians are fearful of atheists. It is a sort of xenophobia that runs along lines of faith and belief. What we tend to forget is that atheists, agnostics, and evolutionists are people too. If our attempt to preserve our belief means that we are treating these people like animals, are we really holding up principles that are based on a creation worldview?
There have rarely been times in my life that I have been ashamed of people that I call “brothers and sisters in Christ.” This was one of them…
Even their fellow Christians find their behavior repulsive! I think that says a lot. I would like to thank the Christian couple for taking the time to see what it’s like being in our shoes.