So I’m reading Lori Gilbert‘s excellent article about the Stockton Area Atheists and Free Thinkers and she mentions the reason one of the SAAFT members finally got fed up with her Christian church and left the faith…:
Others, including some members who asked not to be identified because of intolerance against those who don’t believe in a God, were later converts to atheism. One such woman was raised as a Catholic, “born again” at 13 and belonged to a fundamentalist Christian church until she was 28.
“That’s when they started telling us how to vote,” she said. “One lady stood up, this was during the Clinton administration, and she was talking about how there was a conspiracy on the part of the government to take children away from homes at a young age so they would not be raised in a Christian household. This was all about funding for free preschool. They considered this an effort to take children away at young age. I remember thinking, ‘You’re crazy.'”
Yep. That really happened. What I don’t understand — and what I presume never happened — is how so many people in that church could hear this woman’s rant and not a single one of them stood up to say, “No, you’re crazy.”
Then again, it’s not like any Christians do that when their pastors say something equally crazy about the Bible…
Something else to note: A couple of the group members interviewed in that article joined up because they saw this atheist billboard advertising the group:
Even if you think the majority of atheist billboards are poorly designed, they’re having a real impact.