When I first heard about this I thought it was brilliant:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why the Catholic League is starting a new initiative aimed at atheists:
Approximately 80 percent of Americans are Christian, and 96 percent celebrate Christmas. Of the 20 percent who are not Christian, non-believers make up the largest segment, though the number of self-identified atheists is tiny. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, knows this to be true, which is why he is frantically trying to inflate his base. “We want people to realize that there may be atheists in their family,” he told the New York Times, “even if those atheists don’t even know they are atheists.”
We think there is some merit in David’s idea, even if he has things backwards, as usual. Today we are launching our “Adopt An Atheist” campaign, the predicate of which is, “We want atheists to realize that there may be Christians in their community, even if those Christians don’t even know they are Christian.”
Here’s what our campaign entails. We are asking everyone to contact the American Atheist affiliate in his area , letting them know of your interest in “adopting” one of them. All it takes is an e-mail. Let them know of your sincere interest in working with them to uncover their inner self. They may be resistant at first, but eventually they may come to understand that they were Christian all along.
If we hurry, these closeted Christians can celebrate Christmas like the rest of us. As an added bonus, they will no longer be looked upon as people who “believe in nothing, stand for nothing and are good for nothing.”
So I thought, excellent, if that means free food, dinners and extra Christmas presents I am all for it!
Please adopt me!!!!
But then I went to the site and saw this:
And there went all my hopes of free food and a warm welcome. They want the children! They don’t want intelligent grown up well balanced happy atheists, they want the children! They young, the easily influenced, the gullible, the ones they can still scare out of their with with their dark tales of human sacrifice and eternal torture in hell.
And oh dear, that last sentence shattered all my ideas of Christian tolerance and love for their next ones. Instead the usual silly lies and nonsense about atheists. I’m not going to dissect that nasty bit of propaganda, I am going to set up my Christmas tree.