Moncrief Goes Atheist Hunting

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Posted December 3, 2010 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch

For some reason, Mayor Moncrief decided to turn a manufactured controversy (the atheist T bus ads) into a legitimate one by issuing a statement today. It reads, in part: “I totally disagree with (the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s) decision to allow these divisive ads on the T buses and will express my concerns to the appropriate individuals.” In the same statement, he admits that the city doesn’t fund the T and that it’s an independent agency responsible for its own policies.

Here’s why this is troubling: People fling the word “censorship” around a lot. But it’s really only appropriate to apply the “c” word when government steps in and suppresses speech. Moncrief has just publicly announced he will walk across governmental and agency lines and attempt to quash a group’s access to public expression. Not exactly the Chinese government filtering information, I grant you, but too obnoxiously close for my comfort.

And the ads themselves simply state that some people don’t believe in God – they don’t criticize people who do believe. This whole thing mystifies me.


9 Comments


  1.  
    cag

    Terrific, now we can demand that all representations of christianity, like churches and their billboards as well as all televangelists be banned. I’m all for that, as banning one side of the debate and not the other would definitely be unchristian.




  2.  
    Brian Westley

    Throw that first-amendment-hating mayor out on his bigoted ass.




  3.  
    Don Young

    What next, a war on long haired hippies?




  4.  
    cosmic

    it’s called being spineless. capitulation on streetcars comin’ up. the man is completely unable to stand up for any principle except drilling…




  5.  
    Roy

    Maybe he’s planning on running for something other than mayor. When a politician starts flinging manure to the yahoos, it’s a sure sign of his aspiration for higher office.




  6.  
    Happy_Atheist

    Yes, millions of us Americans live happy, healthy, moral lives, without belief in anything supernatural. Why does that offend anyone?

    We pay our taxes, serve in the military, give to charity, raise our children well, help our neighbors, but somehow it offends you christians that we do all this without believing in your god? We are your sons/daughters, sisters/brothers, fathers/mothers, neighbors, etc., and you have known us all your lives (just that you don’t know we don’t share your supernatural beliefs) and you have always respected us as good and moral people. We just have a different viewpoint on whether your god exists, and that offends you? You’re offended because I have a different viewpoint? How arrogant and intolerant of you christians.

    We are your doctors, lawyers, police officers, teachers, nurses, judges, plumbers, salespeople, counselors, social workers, business owners, mailmen, etc., etc..

    There is no reason to be offended that we exist, even if we don’t share the same view point as you on god’s existence.

    Is your faith so weak that it is threatened by the fact that not everyone agrees with you???




  7.  
    doobythecat

    Well said again, Happy Atheist.




  8.  
    scott_h

    Beyond censorship, Moncrief seems to be using his public office to advance the goals of his religion.

    He may have broke the law making the public statement. If he carries through with his threat of expressing his concerns “to the appropriate individuals” he will certainly be on the wrong side of the law.




  9.  
    reasonablequest

    What is devisive about the ad? It just says that there are people who are good even though they are not convinced there is a supernatural dimention to the universe. Are Christian really offended by this? If you can’t provide evidence or argument at a god exists, at least don’t you want your fellow citizens to be good? What is offensive about encouraging people to be good no matter their belief in the supernatural is?





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