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Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits

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... 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.

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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.” 

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.

Kansas State legislator Tom Edison (R), [said] “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.”
- See more at: http://nationalreport.net/smithsonian-drops-plans-atheism-america-exhibits/#sthash.iDXNB4Z1.dpuf

This is a serious problem for freedom of speech and the implications for mob-rule by the Christian Taliban.
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 07:31:55 AM »
Death threats. 'nuff said.
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 08:09:40 AM »
Holy crap. So much for a free america.  :'(
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 09:20:10 AM »
Someone needs to point out that this Edison's attitude is purely Orwellian.  Many Christians persecute atheists, yet it's atheists who somehow persecute Christians just by talking?  If their faith is so weak that a few words from an atheist count as persecution, then their beliefs are ultimately doomed anyway.

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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 10:08:29 AM »
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“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."

Overstate much?

I sat through a lovely church service just yesterday & didn't voice my opinion or tell anybody they were wrong. So, that makes you a liar Mr. Edison.

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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2014, 10:14:49 AM »
Holy crap. So much for a free america.  :'(

Sounds more and more like Michael Savage's version of America where... in his words... straight white Christian males are becoming the most persecuted minority... yes, he said minority in this country.

Golly gee willikers, I never realized us liberal atheists had that much social and political clout. &)

On the bright side, I guess that means being a gay, white atheist female is starting to look like a lock for the next Presidential elections. 8)
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2014, 10:17:44 AM »
I do not believe this is real.  From the source:
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Plus, I cannot find anyone named Edison in the Kansas legislature.
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/chamber/house/roster/
http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/chamber/senate/roster/

Plus, look at the front page:
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some articles:
Pro-Russian Separatists in Alaska Seize Federal Outpost
Mexicans to Blame for California Drought Billions of Gallons Sent to Families in Mexico
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Mel Gibson in the Running to Buy Los Angeles Clippers


I think it's a satire site.
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2014, 10:20:22 AM »
Oh... ummm... drat. Now what I am going to do with all these "Disciple of Sagan 2016" bumper stickers.... :-\
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014, 06:07:36 PM »
I do not believe this is real. 

Plus, look at the front page:
http://nationalreport.net/
Ahem... good advice... I'll just get my hat and coat...

PS, Is there any truth in that the story about those Russian separatists in Alaska....
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2014, 06:21:44 PM »

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I think it's a satire site.

Yep. And based on that hilarious headline I bolded, might be worth my time to peruse it. That's classic.
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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2014, 11:28:27 PM »
Holy crap. So much for a free america.  :'(

You can have a "free America" as long as you are a white conservative Republican Christian--otherwise: you're shit out-of-luck.

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Re: Smithsonian Drops Plans for “Atheism America” Exhibits
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2014, 02:31:27 PM »
The article does highlight a few problems with society, but I can't help it....I love this website! It's hilarious.
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