American Atheist Banner Flew over New York City On July 4th, 2012 And By The Statue Of Libery!Posted by Phil Ferguson on July 5th, 2012 – Comments Off – Posted in Uncategorized
The banner began flying at 7:30 PM, flew over the Verrazano Bridge, circle the entire New York Harbor, then up the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge, then south again to circle around the Statue of Liberty several times. After the Statue of Liberty, the pilot returned to the Verrazano Bridge and finally flew west along the Staten Island Shoreline.
From the American Atheist Web site….
Dave Silverman, President, said, “In 2011, American Atheists attempted to fly a banner in all fifty states on July 4th, but ran into discrimination from companies that refused to fly the banner. This year we are concentrating on New York City where the most powerful symbol of American freedom resides: the Statue of Liberty.”
Mr. Silverman continued, “Religion is unpatriotic at its core, because it places its law above the law of the land. Indeed, religion abhors civil law, which is why we see attacks against science and privacy coming from our religious politicians. Religion asserts itself on the population at large by infiltrating the political system with true believers who will then use the political system to do the church’s bidding.”
Teresa MacBain, Public Relations Director, stated, “As a pastor I often reminded my congregants that ‘God’s law was higher than man’s law.’ What that really meant was that the people should take orders from the church, above our civil government. Atheism, being the absence of any religious beliefs, implies that human law alone is supreme over humanity. Here in America, the highest law is in Washington DC, not some fictional heaven. That’s patriotic.”
Silverman concluded, “I ask all citizens to remember that the separation of church and state benefits everyone, except the preachers and the politicians in their pockets. Religious equality only comes from Government neutrality. Celebrate your Independence.”
This is fantastic! Good job American Atheists!