I've been thinking about this atheist display at the state capitol in Olympia, WA. I think it's nice that we're allowed to share space with Baby Jesus and menorahs and all that sappy religious stuff. But I'm not happy.
I mean, look at this thing:
It's just a bunch of negative words printed on a piece of white board, with a few sad sprigs of holly bunged in the corners. It's not even a fucking poem. It's just a bunch of yawping.
If I wasn't already an atheist, it would have persuaded me never to become one, because it slots so neatly into all of the dull, humorless, hopeless stereotypes.
The only thing that comforts me is that the nativity scene is very nearly as lame.
Look, we're atheists. We're not fucking Vulcans. Instead of just listing off a litany of "supernatural stuff doesn't exist, religion bad, wah," why didn't the Freedom From Religion folks use this opportunity to fucking celebrate freethinking? Logic and reason are beautiful things that in no way impede the fun to be had during the holiday season. The natural world is full of wonder. Atheism is awesome.
Not that you'd know it from that fucking display.
So, while I applaud the idea of inclusion, maybe next year we can have a little less pontificating and a lot more creativity, thanks so very much. Leave the boring billboards in the ditch.