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Anti-Atheist Sign Removed from High School


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Atheist Republic (News)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): n.d.

According to the Friendly Atheist, there exists a common meme. One can see this in social media in general. It states atheism as a non-sense belief, the basic assertion being that atheism does not make any sense. As noted by the article, the intention is to show atheism as a ridiculous belief through a straw-manned representation.

It goes as follows:


The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.

Makes perfect sense.

It represents evolution as not really evolution because the gradual steps do not seem implied but, rather, a leap in change is purported over an instant from “self-replicating bits” into “dinosaurs.” Of course, the world is several billion years old and evolution took several billion years to evolve organisms as complicated as dinosaurs.

“Anyway, it’s the sort of statement you expect to see in a Ken Ham lecture or in a sermon from a pastor who didn’t do his homework that week and is desperately searching for material. It’s a cheap laugh for ignorant people,” the article states, “You don’t expect to see it in a public school classroom. Yet a sign with those words was seen inside a classroom at West Stanly High School in Oakboro, North Carolina.”

Somehow, a picture was sent to WSOC-TV in Charlotte. Then the superintendent of the district was contacted, which led to the sign being taken down immediately. Apparently, the superintendent said that “personnel action was taken.”

No person or reason is known as to why the sign was placed there in the first place. Friendly Atheist rhetorically asks, “Imagine if an atheist teacher put up the Christian version of the same sign in a classroom? We’d never hear the end of it.”


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