Ron Luce, who was recently exposed in Christiane Amanpour's God's Christian Warriors is a showman who is making a small fortune marketing ever-popular conflict to credulous teens, so this incident put me in mind of Luce's BattleCry moneymaker.
As originally posted on Friendly Atheist:
"The home of a local outspoken atheist was vandalized overnight Friday, police said -- with eggs tossed at the house and cars, and crosses and religious words scrawled in chalk on the driveway.. . . Daily Herald 9/23/2007
A church bulletin also was stuck on the front door.
The incident comes days after Rob Sherman's daughter, Dawn, led a successful effort to have the song "God Bless America" yanked from Buffalo Grove High School's homecoming celebration. Dawn Sherman is a freshman on the student council.
The vandalism likely was the retaliatory work of youngsters, police Sgt. Mike Millett said -- since it came on the heels of the school incident and because one of the chalked words, "Jesus," was misspelled."
One wonders just how thick even an American teenager must be to misspell a simple word like 'Jesus' as 'Jessus'. Of course, the actions may not be those of a teen but of a dyslexic, overpatriotic, adult Jesus-freak. Religious fundamentalists, after all, repeatedly demonstrate that ignorance is not confined to preschoolers.
On Atheist revolution:
"The police are convinced that angry teens are the culprits rather than some local Christian terrorist organization. Their evidence? The vandalism closely followed the incident at Sherman's daughter's school, and "Jesus" was misspelled. They may have a point about the proximity of the vandalism to the school incident, but the misspelling sounds like they are assuming Christian adults must have some modicum of intelligence. I'm not sure this is a safe assumption.
Had racist slurs and symbols been used to deface the home of an African American student, I wonder if the police would have the same response that this was simply an innocent prank by teens. Well, maybe in Jena they would."
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