by Ana McKenzie
The Charlotte Observer posted a story on its website today about two rather scandalous billboards that have popped up around town just before the Democratic National Convention and all its VIPs arrive.
I feel sorry for the story's author, who has been completely outshined by commenters.
Some background: The American Atheists rented two billboards, one attacking Mormonism and the other Christianity, to draw attention to the significant role religion plays in the presidential election.
One sign, which sits off the Brookshire Freeway, reads "Mormonism: Magic Underwear, Baptizes Dead People, Big Money Big Bigotry."
The other, off Wilkinson Boulevard, reads "Christianity: Sadistic God: useless Savior, 30,000+ versions of "Truth" promotes hate, calls it "Love.""
A statement from the group's president, David Silverman, said that because of the DNC coming to Charlotte he wanted to let Americans know about his group's displeasure about both candidates making religion a part of their campaigns.
“The election of our leaders in the United States is one of the most important decisions that we as citizens make. Allowing our judgment to be clouded by sheer silliness is unacceptable. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification for those desiring public office. How can we disregard our governing principles so blatantly,” Silverman asked.
I've collected some of the best comments, many of which would work wonderfully on T-shirts and pillows.
"Stop with the hate talk. If an adult told you they thought the tooth fairy existed and you tried to explain that that isn't true, you are not being hateful. You are being helpful." - denz
"Telling an athiest that they're going to hell is like telling an adult they're not getting any presents from Santa." - MaxPowers
"You can hate on white men, Republicans, and GOD. But don't hate on a gay man with a gun." - Democrats_suckbigtime
"It's called free speech. I have it, so do you. I just choose not to get my undies in a wad about it." - Stumbleweeds
"Magic undies: FICTION— most are poly/cotton, nothing magical about it
Baptizes dead folks: FICTION— mormon church has never baptized a dead person...ever. Cause that would be gross." - JDlees
"I am tolerant... except when I'm not.... then I am sometimes, but not always... stop trying to confuse me!" - fake spam
And my favorite:
"Be carefull if you are driving. You should be looking at the road anyway in the first place." - IamHereTheThird
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