Thursday night, Jon Stewart, using humor, crucified American Atheists. Stewart slammed atheists for opposing a Christian cross being included in the new National 9/11 Memorial and Museum set to open in September.
The museum is a public building being funded with federal and state money. American Atheists contend that the World Trade Center (WTC) cross is a Christian symbol. Thus, including this Christian representation in the national museum, while excluding representations of other non-Christian viewpoints, violates the civil rights of non-Christians, as well as the separation of church and state guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Jon Stewart, like many inside and outside the media, feel that atheists are wrong to oppose the Christian cross being placed in the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. In a segment devoted to the omnipresent “Culture Wars,” Stewart tried to minimize and belittle concerns about the 9/11 cross as expressed by American Atheists.
“Why do you give a sh*t?”
Jon Stewart acted as if he did not understand why the atheists would object to the WTC cross. Stewart mocked American Atheists with the question: “By the way, Atheists, why do you give a sh*t?”
Using humor, Stewart seemed to imply that since Atheists see nothing of religious or supernatural value in the Christian cross, they should not object to the cross being placed in the public space.
Yet American Atheists would argue that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists and Freethinkers all died on 9/11. For some, it is only adding insult to injury to offer recognition to Christianity while ignoring the religious preferences of others. Atheists are asking for equality. If all religious preferences are not honored, than no religious preference should be honored.
While skewering Atheists, Stewart poked fun at David Silverman, president of American Atheists, claiming that Silverman was elected president of American Atheists after promising “to make sure that everyone, even those who are indifferent to our cause, will f*cking hate us.”
And the world is full of hate for atheists.
Death threats aimed at American Atheists populated the Fox News Facebook page after Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly last week to discuss the complaint filed by American Atheists and others with the state of New York asking for fair and equal treatment by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The following is a sample of tweets relevant to Stewart’s Thursday night anti-atheist shtick:
Jon Stewart missing the point about atheists trying to prevent the ground zero cross was very disappointing.
OMG. Jon Stewart said that atheists shouldn’t view the World Trade Center cross as a symbol of Jesus Christ, but as Jesus the carpenter
‘Atheists…damn you to…Atheists.’ -Jon Stewart.
Jon Stewart Lashes Out At Anti-9/11 Cross Atheists: ‘Why Do You Give A Sh*t?’
Jon Stewart attacks American #Atheists over the lawsuit about the WTC Cross. While I agree w/ Jon in general… way to miss the point.
John stewart is right! Atheists needa get over that cross thing at ground zero.like, NOt a big deal
American Atheists are dedicated to supporting civil rights for atheists and the separation of church and state.
Watch the video clip from Thursday nights Daily Show – leave a comment: What do you think?
- World Trade Center Cross: American Atheists file suit over WTC Cross. (mbcalyn.wordpress.com)
- Jon Stewart Lashes Out At Anti-9/11 Cross Atheists: ‘Why Do You Give A Sh*t?’ (mediaite.com)
- American Atheists in desperate need of a competent PR person (skepacabra.wordpress.com)
- Should Christian Symbol Be Removed?Atheists Sue Over World Trade Center 9/11 Cross (smokesomething.wordpress.com)