It's hard for me to carry through on this blogless plan of mine when absolute head-scratchers like this one keep finding their way to my computer...
I was wandering around the net and found a story on Crooks and Liars about a pastor in Florida, a Reverend Mike Stahl, who wants to establish a national database of known or self-admitted atheists. He put out this idea a year ago on his blog, but apparently no one noticed it there, so he's repeated it on Facebook. In his own words:
Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or something similar . I mean , think about it . There are already National Registrys (sic) for convicted sex offenders , ex-convicts , terrorist cells , hate groups like the KKK , skinheads , radical Islamists , etc..
And then he goes on to say:
Now , many (especially the atheists ) , may ask “Why do this , what’s the purpose ?” Duhhh , Mr. Atheist , for the same purpose many States put the names and photos of convicted sex offenders and other ex-felons on the I-Net – to INFORM the public ! I mean , in the City of Miramar , Florida , where I live , the population is approx. 109,000 . My family and I would sure like to know how many of those 109,000 are ADMITTED atheists ! Perhaps we may actually know some . In which case we could begin to witness to them and warn them of the dangers of atheism . Or perhaps they are radical atheists , whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh’s , in that case , if they are business owners , we would encourage all our Christian friends , as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be “feeding” Satan .
Frankly , I don’t see why anyone would oppose this idea – including the atheists themselves ( unless of course , they’re actually ashamed of their atheist religion , and would prefer to stay in the ‘closet.’ ) .
The idea here is to shame atheists into hiding their disbelief, I guess. Or maybe the good reverend would like us on a handy list so he and other Bible Thumpers can come and attempt to convert us to the Good Book. Stray sheep that we are, we all need a good shepherd like Rev. Mike.
Or maybe he'd like to see to it that the other sheep shun our businesses, lest they 'feed Satan'...
Personally, I'd like a national database of ignorant shitheads like Mike Stahl, just so I'd know who to avoid in public and which businesses I should ignore. It would also be useful to know when two of the members of that ignorance-on-parade list are spawning, so we'd know how to plan for remedial educational funding for their kids. Trust me on this, any child born in the shallow end of THAT gene pool would need a lot of help from the rest of us...
What a prick.