Dispatches from the Creation Wars

WND Columnist Cheers Vandalism

Chrissy Saterfield, a Worldnutdaily columnist clearly preparing herself for a career as one of Fox News’ Barbie doll talking heads, cheers on those who vandalized a billboard put up by an atheist group in North Carolina:

Just when I start believing there is no hope for our country I get a little reminder from my God that all is not lost. It was reported June 29 that a billboard sign sponsored by a North Carolina atheist organization had been vandalized. The ad reads, “One Nation Indivisible.” It seems someone didn’t think the sign was an accurate depiction of our Pledge of Allegiance, so the vandals inserted “Under God” with spray paint – and I couldn’t be more relieved. It’s nice to know that I am not alone in my beliefs and that some people are still willing to stand on the right side of truth.

And then she shows both her irrationality and dishonesty in a single sentence:

Never would I encourage vandalism, but in this case I think I’ll let it slide.

Talk about an oxymoronic sentence. If you’re willing to let it slide because you agree with the message, you are in fact encouraging vandalism. Because it makes you feel “so relieved.” And then she immediately changes the subject from vandalism to criticism:

Atheists have been vandalizing my beliefs for years, so it’s about time the shoe was on the other foot. When asked about the vandalism, William Warren, the spokesman for Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics, said, “It was done by one or two people off on their own who decided their only recourse was vandalism rather than having a conversation.” Hmmm. That’s interesting, because the CAA felt its only recourse was to deliberately insult those who understand the importance of “Under God.” They probably figured that because the Bible teaches Christians to turn the other cheek, we’ll just take their abuse forever. We will only take so much before we stand up against our oppressors. Besides, I can’t count how many times an atheist and I have had a “conversation.” They’re not as calm and passive as Warren suggests.

No one can vandalize your beliefs, you can only vandalize property. Atheists may have been criticizing your beliefs, of course, and you have every right to criticize theirs. That does not mean you get to vandalize their property or the billboards they paid for.

More cheerleading:

The best part of this whole situation, though, is that these secular billboards were part of a Fourth of July project that placed similar ads in Greensboro, Raleigh and a handful of other cities – and it totally backfired. They underestimated their demographic, and because the vandalism occurred days before the Fourth, no one could service the billboard until after the holiday. It’s the small victories in life that make it all worthwhile.

Yay! Life is worthwhile now that we’ve managed to destroy someone else’s right to speak their mind! That speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

Incidentally, when was the last you heard about a Christian billboard that was vandalized? It happens all the time, yet it’s never “newsworthy.” But when an atheist’s right to put his beliefs on blast is vandalized it’s “Poor atheists. They have a right to ad space.” Atheists are always saying how offended they are by, well … everything. How is this billboard not offensive to me? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Where’s my PC? And who’s protecting my right not to be offended?

You don’t have a right not to be offended, you ignorant bubblehead. Neither does anyone else. I’ve heard of Christian property being vandalized; what I have never heard is an atheist leader or thinker cheer on that vandalism (and if anyone knows of such an example, I’ll gladly call them an idiot and an asshole too).

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the man or woman responsible for this vandalism. I appreciate the action you took. Thank you for reminding me that I’m not alone. It took a lot of guts to do what you did – and the fact that you haven’t stepped forward to take credit makes you a hero. It shows everyone that you are more devoted to the message than you are to the spotlight. I encourage you to keep your cover. Don’t give the secular world a reason to call your name; instead, let them call for our God.

I also need to extend a thank you to some people in Sacramento and Detroit. In February, 10 atheist billboards were defaced in the Golden State and a slew of atheist bus ads were vandalized in Detroit. My dose of honesty this week: I am not happy that vandalism seems to be the only way to get an atheist’s attention. I’m happy that I can count on other Christians to stand up for themselves and for Christians everywhere. It gives me hope.

I don’t think it’s possible for me to despise someone more than I do at this very moment. You get hope from your fellow theocrats vandalizing billboards? What a vapid, amoral, cowardly little pimple of a human being you are. She’s ready for her close up, Mr. Murdoch.


  1. #1 jimmiraybob
    July 8, 2010

    It took a lot of guts to do what you did – and the fact that you haven’t stepped forward to take credit makes you a hero.

    Only billboard vandalism? Piker. Just the latest among a pantheon of militant American Christian Heroes that includes Eric Rudolf, Shelly Shannon, Michael Griffin, and Scott Roeder.

    More militant Christian terrorism tallied here.

    Never in my wildest imaginings when I was young and innocent did I conceive of such wantonly brutal acts being committed in America in the name of Jesus – although raised in a Catholic tradition it was a fairly liberal environment….considering. The growing tolerance for and justification of unlawful and violent acts, along with the wave of open and defiant gun display, along with the increasing right-wing belligerence toward anything smacking of non-Christian governance is beyond worrying.

    That’s one reason why those building a falsified Christian nation narrative (Beck, Barton, Bachmann, Palin), upon which the militant Christian violence and illegal acts can be openly justified*, need to be resisted with every fact available.

    This is a growing insurgency campaign aimed to divide the nation for the purpose of claiming it for Jesus/Yahweh.

    *even those reluctantly willing to condemn the acts when pressed but who otherwise remain silent (or even apologetic) because of their sympathy for the greater metaphysical Truths™ involved. I realize that the militant Christians are still a relative minority, but it’s the tipping toward silence and tacit approval by the rest I worry about. Silent tacit approval is still approval.

    Well, that little vent should last me for a while.

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