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I just read your article entitled ‘My Kind of Vandals’ on WND, and would like to start by saying that I have never taken the time to write an email and respond to an author as I am doing here, which should express how much I care about this issue. I hope you can take the time to read and consider my views as I have done with yours. I think the easiest way for me to respond to your article is to use quotes, respond to them, then voice my final response.

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 is funny that you should correlate your religion with the success of our country. What does the public opinion of your god have to do with the country as a whole? Would posting pro-god billboards on every highway help to reduce our deficits? Would it help get the homeless off of the streets? Would it lower the rate of incarceration? Would it help increase life expectancy? Clearly pro-god billboards would accomplish none of these things, so I think it is dishonest of you to claim just the opposite; that somehow atheism is diminishing the ‘hope’ of our country.

Atheists have been vandalizing my beliefs for years.

By your logic, doesn’t every religion or non religion ‘vandalize’ all of the others simply because they are in conflict with each other? Also, I do not think vandalize is an appropriate word for what atheists do to your beliefs. It is my opinion that anyone’s opinions and beliefs are subject to debate and/or opposition. Do republicans ‘vandalize’ democrat’s beliefs? I think not, they merely provide a different point of view on the subject of politics.

That's interesting, because the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics felt its only recourse was to deliberately insult those who understand the importance of "Under God."

I am insulted that you would be so ignorant and self centered to call the billboard a deliberate insult. The purpose of the recent wave of atheist advertising in the country (and also the world) is to try and increase awareness and social acceptance of atheism. Atheists are a small minority not only in this country, but around the world. ‘Coming out’ as an atheist can be a devastating experience for some because of family and social pressures. Just because you may have been offended by an atheist billboard does not mean that insulting you was its purpose.

We will only take so much before we stand up against our oppressors.

For you to suggest that somehow atheists are oppressing Christians is flat out disgraceful to any group of people that have ever been oppressed. The Egyptians oppressed the Jews, the Nazis oppressed the Jews, Kim Jong Il oppresses his people, but atheists certainly DO NOT oppress Christians. Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. I would like to see you try and explain to me how atheists are oppressing Christians using that definition, or any other definition of the word. It is, however, appropriate to say that Christianity has been the oppressor of non-belief, and even more so, of science. Galileo Galilei is a perfect example of such oppression.

This billboard campaign was a calculated insult to Christians, and the atheists thought it was appropriate. That shows you how spiteful this organization is.

Again, you provide not a shred of evidence as to how this ad is insulting to Christians besides the lame, grasping for straws example of the ad being placed on a street named after a reverend. There are thousands of other atheist ads on other streets. Does that mean those ones aren’t insulting? Or would you look for other reasons to demonize the sign like proximity to a church or christian school?

They took an American celebration and made it about them.

My jaw literally dropped when I read this last part. First of all, you are taking this whole controversy, and making it about you. You claim to be the victim, and pile on the rhetoric (uses of words such as vandalize and opressors) that makes christian look like the victims in this whole incident. The EXTREME irony of this statement is that the USA is supposed to be the land of the free. The first amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. On the day where we celebrate these rights, it is sad that you are ignoring them. You should be proud that atheists can post such advertisements even if you don’t agree with them, merely because of the fact that we have those constitutional rights, and are free to enjoy them. The very same freedom of speech and religion that our forefathers fought for, you disrespect by saying things like “And who’s protecting my right not to be offended?”. Sorry, but you wont find that right anywhere in the constitution.

Any time you have a problem, the Left is ready to hear you out. But anytime a Christian has something to say it gets swept under the liberal rug and dismissed like our rights aren't important. "Oh, it's the Christians again; let their 'god' take care of it."

Can you even give me one actual example of this? What about atheist’s right to freedom of speech? Obviously that right isn’t important to you. May I remind you that President Obama was the first president to acknowledge non-believers in an inauguration speech. Right wing media outlet Fox News even went so far to ask on their show if it was offensive that he mentioned them (source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twoXZE9U0Io&feature=player_embedded). Also, I am eager to hear what rights do you feel like the ‘liberals’ are dismissing Christians? I challenge you to find me one quote of anyone in politics ever saying ‘let their god take care of it’. Actually, here, I’ll help you (http://www.bing.com/search?q=let+their+god+take+care+of+it&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n&sk=). That’s funny, it seems that the whole page is filled with pleas from Christians to Christians to ‘let god take care of you’. That’s weird.

Atheists are always saying how offended they are by, well … everything.

When reading this sentence, one word comes to mind; hypocrite. Your entire article expresses how offended you are about ONE BILLBOARD. You also complain that the liberals are dismissing your rights, and that atheists are getting preferential treatment from the government. Once again for clarity: Your entire article was composed and published with the intent of expressing how offended you were with the billboard, and how happy you are that the billboard was vandalized.

It worries me that it doesn’t seem to be the advertisement that you are offended by, it seems to me that it is atheists in general that offend you. You take the time at the end of the article to thank the vandals of such ads across the country, without mentioning what the ads said, or if you found each one offensive. You only expressed your sheer feeling of bliss you get knowing that atheists everywhere are being vandalized.

Going back to this advertisement specifically, did you know that The Pledge of Allegiance originally did not include the words ‘under god’? The men and women of America pledged their allegiance to a nation that wasn’t under god for 62 years (1892 – 1954).

The United States has prided itself since its inception as a place of free speech and freedom of religion, and I think you clearly disregard these rights when it is convenient for you. Atheists are not your enemy, they are people just like you. Let me rephrase that, some of them are Americans just like you. As your fellow American, I support your right to believe whatever you’d like, and say whatever you want. I wish you would feel the same way.  By: bYtock onDeclaration of Independence reddit

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