August 19, 11:52 AMPortland Humanist Examiner
Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, is under attack by a right wing Christian
hate group. The Illinois Family Institute, led by Laurie Higgins, is harassing
celebrity atheist Mehta.
According to Mehta, a high school math teacher, Higgins emailed
his boss, his high school's entire administrative staff, and every school
board member to inform them about Mehta's private life as an atheist blogger.
The attempt was to smear Mehta, claiming Mehta was unprofessional and
unsuitable to be teaching because of his affiliation with atheism.
This episode is but one shameful event is an organization that is
ugly through and through. The Illinois Family Institute is a vile sewer of hate
and ignorance. The group is engaged in a campaign of gay bashing homophobia.
The organization seems dedicated to denigrating anyone who does not goose step
to their Christian fundamentalism. Obviously, any organization that claims the
gay community is just as dangerous as Nazis is
out of touch with reality and hard to take seriously.
Higgins is on record as favoring the bullying
and harassment of gay
children by Christian children. She is engaged in an effort to prevent any
legislation which prohibits or penalizes discrimination based on sexual
orientation or gender identification. She believes it is a Christian's God
given right to abuse and harass gay adults as well as gay youth.
The attack on atheists and homosexuals is predictable for a group consisting of
the most ignorant and bigoted among us. Yet their shame is every Christian's
shame. Where are the good Christians, and why do they allow such hatred and bigotry
to be spread in their name?
For more info: The Friendly Atheist
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