Sunday, April 20, 2014

The War on Easter

It's been a little while since I went off on the Poor Oppressed Christians, but religious holidays always seem to bring out the worst in them. In response to an Easter display in Chicago's Daley Plaza, a group of atheists have hung banners advocating for the separation of church and state. Naturally, the Poor Oppressed Christians are outraged that anyone could be expressing a different set of beliefs than their own, because to them difference of opinion constitutes a war. As usual, they can count on the collaboration of Fox News, which is the only major network that gives much time to this sort of breathless silliness.

Two eight-foot banners featuring Thomas Jefferson and President John Adams promoting the secular views of our founding fathers. One banner reads "In reason we trust", the other will say "Keep state and religion separate." The exhibit, aimed at countering the Jesus in Daley Plaza displaying a display that is going on today or going up today, it's been going on for eight years there in Chicago, it'll feature a nineteen foot tall cross and a 10-foot tall image of the resurrected Jesus. Has Easter evolved into an occasion to demean religious beliefs and Christianity?

Of course, in the mind of any reasonable person there's a huge distinction between demeaning and disagreeing - but not in Poor Oppressed Christian land. This is exactly the same debate going on in Oklahoma and other places about public resources promoting particular beliefs. It's simple - if I have a right to put up a display supporting my beliefs, so does anyone else. Easter often falls during the Thelemic Holy Season, and I can only imagine how hard these idiots would squeal and whine if I were to post a banner honoring Aleister Crowley and Thelema from March 20 to April 10.

One of these days I'm going to put a post up here about real Christian persecution, not this imaginary crap. There are other countries in the world where conversion to Christianity is punishable by death. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Poor Oppressed Christians somehow manage to be under dire existential threat from "bad manners." It's about time their pleas for special privileges be met with the ridicule that they deserve by every major media outlet, including Fox News.

Oh, and the image doesn't have much to do with this story, I just thought it was funny. I addressed the truth about Easter eggs here on Augoeides back in 2012 if anybody needs a refresher. Happy Easter, everyone!

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