Threats and complaints, like sin, are all equal in the eyes of the lord.

You’d think that an organization that has defended its right to lie would have accumulated enough practice to be good at it.

American Atheists has decided to take down its billboards in North Carolina.  Fox News has an article out on it with the following headline:

Complaints cause atheist-funded billboards in North Carolina to come down

Yes, because American Atheists has a track record of altering its activism because religious people complained.

So that’s what the headline said.  The text of the article says…

Amanda Knief, managing director of American Atheists, said a report from Fox News on Wednesday about the billboards led to a national outpouring of “vitriol, threats and hate speech against our staff, volunteers and Adams Outdoor Advertising.”

If Adams Outdoor Advertising had not been involved, American Atheists would have kept the billboards in place, Knief said.

“It was a mutual decision between us and Adams Advertising for the safety and interests of both organizations that the billboards come down,” Knief said.

Threats.  Threats.  Complaints didn’t bring the billboard down, threats did.

American Atheists was concerned about not only their safety, but the safety of the employees at Adams Outdoor Advertising.

The quote from Knief was likely taken from the American Atheists post about it, where Kniefs line about threats was backed up by Teresa McBain saying…

Teresa MacBain, American Atheists’ Public Relations Director said, “It saddens me to think that our country is not a safe place for all people to publicly question religious belief.

Safety was the issue.  Safety, presumably, from Christians who consider criticizing religion to be a greater crime than threatening someone’s well being (assuming they think bullying for Jesus is a crime at all).  Gentle Jesus apparently doesn’t do much for keeping believers honest or peaceful.  You’d think the people claiming the moral high ground wouldn’t want to win if they couldn’t win honorably.

Seems the winning is what’s important, not the honor.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.