Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Christian National Registry of Atheists -- RUFKM???

I just got wind of this through seeing my atheist chuckle-of-the-day over at LOLGod, a great "non-theist" blog, where I saw his story on it, where some wackjob fundo down in Florida is starting something called The Christian National Registry of Atheists.

There's a pretty good story on it over at Think Atheist outlining what it's all about.

Here's the word from the founder of the organization, one Pastor Michael Stall, on the project:

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.'). [emphasis in the original]
Stall "wants your name and photo to be listed, so Christian folk like him can find out if they're living next to atheists. '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.."* Pastor Mike runs an internet church called the "Living Water Church," where he posted on his "I-Net" blog about his scheme to create a grassroots organization for compiling atheist stats.

As LOLGod pointed out with some graphic examples, we already know how this whole concept worked out last time it was tried:

[picture credit to LOLGod Blog]


Anonymous said...

So maybe us nonbelievers should start a similar registry, so we can be sure we're doing business with rational business owners who don't have invisible friends, and make sure to we don't have our children being taught by delusional teachers...? Wonder how THAT would go across with those "atheists are equal to child molesters and rapists" jackasses....

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, anon. One good thing that the so-called Yellow Pages are good for is identifying businesses that display the "Fish" logo. You know the one, a couple of curved lines that demonstrate to the "inside group" that the business is "Christian".
It does serve an unintended purpose: Whenever I see one of those in a display ad, I won't patronize that business.
That's the "free market" at work. If Stall and his mindless minions want to use their "atheist blacklist" in that fashion, I have no problem with it. But he is going far beyond that; it's the lip of the slippery slope that this represents that I find chilling.
-- The F Man

Nameless Cynic said...

It's strange. Godwin's Law says that the first person to bring up Nazi's has just lost the argument (which means that Glenn Beck loses every morning as he gets out of bed...)

But what other argument can you make about this minister's "I wanna register all teh GAWD-less!" plan?

He even describes his plan right in it: "Well, we want to be able to identify them so we can discriminate against them!"

And then he ends it with "Frankly, I don't see why anyone would oppose this idea" - because he doesn't understand the word irony.