It seems that at least one prominent Christian pastor in Fort Worth, Texas doesn't believe the First Amendment applies to atheists. It came to light because Fort Worth banned all ads with religious or atheist content.
We've all been having fun watching the back-and-forth "battle of the ads" on Fort Worth buses. For years, various Christian organizations bought ad space with no controversy. Then those darned atheists messed it all up. They decided to show their "Good Without God" and similar atheist ads, sponsored by the Coalition of Reason, on those same buses.
Well, those ads upset the deeply religious people of Texas – we're talkin' about Baptist country! So they started chasing the buses around with their own god-mobile. It was a truck with a big billboard on it saying "I still love you – God," and "2.1 Billion People are Good With God." A couple of bus drivers even refused to drive the atheist-ad buses and took sick days.
Up to that point, it was all good fun. There's nothing that says "America" better than a wild controversy that's aired with vigor and passion in public. That is what our First Amendment is all about.
Sadly, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority voted unanimously on Wednesday night to ban all religious ads. A vibrant American debate is squelched because the FWTA can't stand the heat. What a shame.
But here's the real kicker. The social activist Rev. Kyev Tatum thinks that only the atheist ads should have been banned. Why? Because "religion is not about divisiveness but about love," whereas the atheist ads fall into the "offensive" category.
Got that? We're a Christian nation, so anyone who isn't Christian is "divisive." Well, duh. That's the whole point of the First Amendment! Minorities are always divisive when they assert their rights, because the majority is always the oppressor. That is the very reason why those bus ads are so necessary! That's why we have a First Amendment.
It's time for bigots like Rev. Tatum, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any religion, to get over the idea that they have a monopoly on their American citizenship and American society. The last time I checked, I was an American too.
And what is Rev. Tatum afraid of anyway? If his flock's faith is as strong as he claims, he should laugh off a few silly atheist ads on the side of a bus. His fear says a lot more about his own faith than it does about atheism.