One of the most annoying arguments in the fundie arsenal goes like this: “Even atheists worship something. If they don’t worship God, then they’re their own god.” Rep. Rick Saccone of Pennsylvania, who is trying to pass a bill to post “In God We Trust” in every school in that state, offers his version:
Saccone: My Muslim friends can look at it and say… what God means to them. My Hindu and Buddhist friends can look at it, my Christian friends, my Jewish friends, can all look at it in their own way and they can interpret it in their own way. So it’s not excluding anyone. It’s actually inclusive, and that’s what the Supreme Court’s ruled.
Hanrahan: What about atheists?
Saccone: Atheists, you know, they look at things their own way, also. They can either interpret that as whatever God that they worship, in the form of, maybe it’s materialism, or something else in life that they look at. I actually talked with the head of the Pennsylvania Atheists who came to me after my last rally and said, “You know what, Rick? I support the bill. I see that it’s historic. And I don’t really have a problem [with it]. I don’t believe in God,” he said, “but I support the bill. It’s a good thing.”
He’s almost certainly lying about that, by the way. As Hemant points out, there is no group called Pennsylvania Atheists and no atheist group in the state that supports the bill. I think he should be challenged to name this anonymous atheist he allegedly talked to. I’m guessing he’s as imaginary as his god is.