The Double Standard

When a group of students set up a table at Larkin High School for Ask An Atheist Day, the principal didn’t think it was such a big deal.

“Kids could come up to the table and ask them questions,” Tuin said. “Students didn’t have to go up to them and talk. It wasn’t like a group came in to do a presentation.”

Exactly. Atheist groups have a right to have their own tables, just like any other student group in the high school. But apparently, some parents weren’t very happy.

“They were here to talk about atheism,” said Shavon Stanback of Elgin. “That’s totally unacceptable to me.”

She continued: “I’m a Christian woman. I believe in God. I believe in heaven and hell.”

While this woman is just completely outrageous, this attitude of “why are atheists here at all?” is very common.

I’ve been asked countless times why the SSA exists on campus, most often from people with the presumption that the group is pointless to begin with.

There’s also the double standard. The students at Larkin High weren’t even proselytizing. They were not going out and interrupting people in the halls or making announcements on the PA system. They weren’t confrontational at all, and they only made contact with people who chose to come and speak to them.

But for the mere act of having a presence, atheists are labeled as “militant,” as people willing to push their beliefs on others.

And when religious groups go further and actually proselytize (notably the Christian ones), they are seen as contributing to the overall discussion and stirring up valuable debate.

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Posted on April 16, 2011, in Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Were the properly religious groups with tables? I some how doubt it, given the paper terrorism exhibited by the Godless whenever normal people, theistic people do anything in the public sphere.

    Get it straight; the Godless do not belong in America, though we’re willing to tolerate them as long as they don’t try to attack normal, proper Americans.

    Get above yourselves too far and, sooner or later, you’ll be purge from the nation. Your whole existence within the borders of America is solely based upon Americans’ sufferance of your existence.

    That can quickly change.

    • “Were the properly religious groups with tables?”

      Why would there be religious tabling on “Ask an Atheist Day?”

      While, according to you, America may suffer atheists’ existence, atheists are here to stay. Get over yourself.

  2. I absolutely believe in God and I absolutely believe these students or anyone can do this. Free speech and free religious thought isn’t just free as long as they believe what I believe.

    John Adams, our second President, fought at one point in his early life for the free worship of the neighboring church across town. His own church was trying to enact laws that prohibited the “other” religion, which was actually fairly common in early America. Eventually his community and then the rest of America followed a pattern of Free Religous/Non-Religous thought.

    If they believe those folks are going to go to hell, why do they care? Oh, I get it. Their own kids might get infected, like it’s a disease.

    All I can say to that is if their religion is such a guiding, piercing, all encompassing light why aren’t the rest of us drawn to it like the moth to the flame. Why isn’t this light, this power so strong and so brilliant that it’s completely self-evident like daylight?

    I’ll tell why, because what passes for modern religion makes many people feel repulsive and repugnant.

    The other thing is that modern religious thought usually has fear. They have fear that God won’t WIN. That it is a BATTLE. So they must do Battle, they must wear the Armor, they must TAKE BACK America. Because of that they have an AGENDA. Stanly Diamond, the famous anthropologist, said “Civilization is conquest abroad and repression at home.”

    Thanks for the post. Tell the truth matter what.

  3. I’m on of the afformentioned students. We currently have a reddit page explaining our side (clacos and 13lacula) of the story here: http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/grnp7/parent_complains_about_high_school_students_ask/

  4. Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.’s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it’s way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”, along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.”

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