Last July 4th, WND reported on the failure of the group American Atheists to find pilots willing to fly “Godless” banners over American cities in all 50 states. Some 80 percent of pilots refused the jobs, saying things such as, “I’m not going to hell flying that sign.”
According to the atheists’ website, this year they aren’t trying to be quite as ambitious.
Instead of trying to locate pilots in all 50 states, this year the group plans to hire one pilot to fly a banner above New York City on the 4th of July.
According to the group: “In celebration of the rise of atheism in America, American Atheists flew aerial banners across the country on July 4th in 2011. … The banners proudly stated, ‘God-LESS America’ and ‘Atheism Is Patriotic.’ The banners brought the breadth and patriotism of the movement into America’s conversation.”
However, when so many pilots the group tried to hire refused the work, the atheists cited the need to keep up their efforts.
“Originally, we had planned on flying banners in all 50 states, representing the fact that atheism is the fastest growing segment in all 50 states, but we were unable to find pilots in many states willing to fly our banners, representing a clear reminder of the work we have to do,” said the group.
The group seems confident they will find one pilot to help declare their message.
Of this year’s attempt the group says, “Continuing this mindset, American Atheists again will fly a July 4th banner in 2012 in New York City.”
“The banner will again read, ‘Atheism Is Patriotic.’”
Last year, American Atheists claimed:”The reality is that there is still a lot of bigotry out there and many companies refused to fly our banners. This just emphasizes the importance of doing this campaign!”
A statement on the atheists’ website declares atheism is the only “theological position that is directly aligned with American freedom.”
But as WND reported last year, many atheists have expressed reservations about the group’s banner plan.
After announcing its aerial campaign in 2011, several comments on the American Atheists website seem to find fault.
“The first statement can easily be read to imply ‘Atheism is Patriotic, Religion is Not’ by a biased viewer,” said one commenter. “Point of fact: biased viewers comprise most of the intended audience. Why put it up in the first place?”
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