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Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits

ImWithStupid<National Report>Washington, DC–After several weeks of preliminary preparation, the Smithsonian Institution has decided to scrap a series of exhibits that would have shown the history and culture of Atheism in the United States, after a number of organizations lashed out against their plans… and a few had even vowed violent retribution.

In February, the Smithsonian began preparing a series of exhibits that focused on “America’s separation of church and state and our freedom to believe in anything or nothing.”  They would contain famous and not-so-famous documents, photographs, and dioramas depicting key figures in American history as they struggled to secure America’s freedom of, and from, religion.

The exhibits were named “Atheism America,” after a little-known poem written by one of America’s founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, in which he posited his belief that one day, atheism would be a “majority philosophy” in the United States, as more Americans “cast aside the dogmas and shackles of un-tempered ideology in favor of the achievements of science and reasoning.”  Jefferson was to be prominently featured in a number of exhibits, showcasing his vast collection of holy texts, his letters and journals discussing “the merits of atheism,” and his famous letter to the Danbury Baptists in which he coined the phrase “separation of Church and State,” in reference to the first amendment.

But in March, a Washington DC pastor learned about the exhibits from a Smithsonian employee in his congregation, and launched a campaign to stop the Smithsonian from showcasing “Atheism America.”  By mid-April, as many as thirty religious groups and eighteen politicians had rallied against the Smithsonian’s plans.  Smithsonian curators decided to pull the plug on Thursday, May 1st, after some museum staff started to receive death threats during the previous two weeks.

“America isn’t ready for exhibits like these, it would seem,” said Smithsonian Director Mark C. Fredericks, in a press release announcing the cancelation of the series.  “It wasn’t our intention to offend people, but to educate them.  To promote the merits of a free society where all citizens are free to believe what they want to believe, or to believe nothing at all, and are granted the unhindered opportunity to express those beliefs however they see fit.  But sadly, not everyone agrees with this fundamental right.”

Kansas State legislator Tom Edison (R), who made headlines last month after pushing a State bill that would have banned the Fox television show “Cosmos” from airing in Kansas, was organizing a protest rally against the Smithsonian, to take place on the exhibit’s opening day in July.  Edison announced on his Facebook page this morning that due to the Smithsonian’s decision to pull the exhibits, his events were “suspended until further notice.”

“Liberals want us to believe that America is a secular nation, but it isn’t.  This is a Christian nation, and there [isn't] any denying that,” Edison claimed during an interview recently on an AM radio program in his home state.  “Christians are persecuted every single day in this country, every time one of these atheists start flapping their gums.  We can’t worship in peace without some liberal atheist voicing their opinions, telling us we’re wrong.  That’s oppressive.  And we aren’t going to let the Smithsonian celebrate that oppression with a museum exhibition.  No way.”

Edison was asked if he felt the anonymous death threats sent to museum staff were going too far.  “No, I don’t think so.  Not really.  Jesus kicked over the tables of the moneychangers.  His message there was that violence isn’t always the answer, but sometimes it’s necessary.  I’m not saying these museum people should be killed or harmed, I’m not saying that, but it just shows you how offended some people are.  And you have to ask, `what would Jesus do?’ And I think the answer is clear.  He’d kick over the tables of the moneychangers.  That’s what you have to do sometimes to get the point across.”

 


 

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13 Responses to "Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits"

  1. Shawn McRoberts says:

    Another disgusting example of the cowardice of the American christian. Oh no historical facts! Run for the hills!

  2. Jess Cost says:

    “…asked if he felt the anonymous death threats sent to museum staff were going too far. “No, I don’t think so. Not really. Jesus kicked over the tables of the moneychangers.” What kind of asinine, knuckle-dragging BS is this?!?! THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I HAVE EVER READ!!! How do you think Tom Edison would respond if I sent him anonymous death threats? Cause you know, Jesus kicked over the moneychangers’ tables and stuff. How does kicking over a table and threatening someone’s life correlate? And what, pray tell, do atheists and moneychangers have to do with one another?? This is why I HATE 99.9% of Christians.

  3. skeptic4321 says:

    “Smithsonian curators decided to pull the plug on Thursday, May 1st, after some museum staff started to receive death threats during the previous two weeks.”
    The true face of Christian love.

    • There is nothing profitable, edifying or of redeeming value about promoting something that is a negative or a vacuum in existence. you might just as well say, “I’m going to show you that rain does not fall or that the sun doesn’t rise in the morning.” It is telling that death threats were received in response to the proposed organizing of a pro-aethiest propagandizing campaign. They reflect the strength of conviction regarding the existence of God in this country and how steadfastly opposed to tampering with those convictions people in this country really are.

    • JT says:

      It’s kind of hilarious, when you think about how quick people were to decry death threats over some comics of Mohammed, and here we have Christians with death threats not even about their religion, but about merely acknowledging the existence of atheists.

      I’m sure there are good Christians out there, but it would be nice if they would make the news for once in a while, instead of having representatives like this buffoon.

  4. skeptic4321 says:

    “And you have to ask, `what would Jesus do?’”
    Well, since Jesus probably didn’t exist (and even if he did everything written about him is hearsay and pre existing mythology ) I guess you can just make up whatever you want. Or, you could look to Revelation for that wrathful Jesus/god and behave atrociously.
    Perhaps an objective display on the historicity of Jesus and pre existing / parallel mythology is in order? No, that would really bring out the Christian love.

    • There is nothing profitable, edifying or of redeeming value about promoting something that is a negative or a vacuum in existence. you might just as well say, “I’m going to show you that rain does not fall or that the sun doesn’t rise in the morning.” It is telling that death threats were received in response to the proposed organizing of a pro-aethiest propagandizing campaign. They reflect the strength of conviction regarding the existence of God in this country and how steadfastly opposed to tampering with those convictions people in this country really are.

  5. Rich says:

    I dont agree with Mr. Edison at all, but a point must be made. When he speaks of Christians being oppressed/harassed when they worship or say their beliefs by atheists. It seems to me that they are just frustrated and had enough bullying. When people feel this way youre going to get a negative response from them, they are human after all.I have seen such an increase in Atheists belittling and proactively attacking theists, its a shame. I really hope this stuff doesnt escalate to violence, as even the threat of it is sad and quite scary.

    • Joanna says:

      Please provide concrete examples of the modern day oppressions of Christians in the U.S.A. that are true oppressions and not leveling the playing field for all belief systems. Thank you.

  6. ZombieJesus says:

    I turned over tables in a synagogue because they were taking advantage of people’s faith to make money. You know, like big money is using the GOP to convince you to give them your hard earned cash in exchange for the belief that you’ll get it back tenfold. It’s not going to happen. I didn’t walk the earth to preach wealth and prosperity you know. So if you’re not going to follow my example please stop using my name.

  7. Brien says:

    Our security agencies are more than capable of tracing any ‘anonymous’ threats. The terrorists need to be taught a lesson that the laws of the land are over any rules of a mythical religion.
    We need to direct out anger at the security agencies.

  8. Mike in the Peanut Gallery says:

    P.T. Barnum was right. The comments here prove it. Hehehe.

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