There’s lots and lots of panties in a wad over atheists and Christians and their various billboards and bus signs. I’ll not bother putting up links, they’re easy enough for you Readers to find if you care to look for them. Suffice to say that the internets are all abuzz over things like these:
The bus signs in particular are getting a lot of press. That’s in part because they are sponsored by a popular British TV writer and columnist for the London Guardian named Ariane Sherine.
Here’s the deal. Christians have every right to proselytize. That activity is absolutely, 100% protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause. (And not by the free exercise clause.) Britain, lacking a written Constitution, nevertheless has a very strong legal tradition of freedom of speech, one that the courts and Parliament labor to protect, albeit not without some inconsistencies and struggles along the way not at all unlike the same labors and struggles that we have on our side of the pond.
We atheists, non-theists, secularists, non-believers, skeptics, rationalists, humanists, and agnostics have no choice but to tolerate evangelizing in all of its forms. Indeed, we atheists, non-theists, secularists, non-believers, skeptics, rationalists, humanists, and agnostics have no choice but to tolerate stuff like this:
But we atheists, non-theists, secularists, non-believers, skeptics, rationalists, humanists, and agnostics have the identical right to spread our point of view, and those actions are protected by the same legal guarantees of free speech. We have the same, identical, and co-extensive right to put up signs that offend Christians’ sensibilities as they have to call us traitors and criminals and try and make people feel guilty when they buy pornography:
Which means that if you are a Christian who is not secure enough in your belief system to tolerate any remote challenge to it, too bad, because you do not have a right to be free from criticism. Or from marketing links: