This piece was originally published on AlterNet.
Anti-atheist bigotry is real. And atheists will make your life miserable if you try it.
1) Anti-atheist bigotry and discrimination — of a completely overt, very ugly kind — is real.
2) Atheists are no longer putting up with it. If you fuck with them, they will fuck with you right back. And they know how to do it.
Two recent events in the news illustrate this bigotry quite vividly. In the first, a billboard company in Ohio rejected an atheist billboard campaign — at the last minute, the week before the billboards were scheduled to go up, after weeks of extensive discussion and planning with no hint of trouble — because the atheist content was deemed “obscene, unnecessarily offensive and/or not in the best interests of the community at large.” In the second story, a local merchant near an atheist conference put a sign on his shop door, explicitly saying that conference attendees were not welcome in his Christian business. And he got a faceful of Internet fury for his trouble. [Read more…]