I just… what… I can’t… wow.
Okay. Let me try to unpack what the assertion is here.
Pat’s upset about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s attempt to have the National Park Service take down a statue of Jesus in a Montana park. This is an actual establishment of religion in a state-run property. Pat routinely fights Muslim initiatives, including the Park 51 Islamic Community Centre. The erection of statues to a deity that only some people believe in, is in fact expressly different from worship of things that already exist. Never mind that Wicca doesn’t worship trees as gods — at least trees exist without humans to come along and build them. I’d have a hell of a lot more respect for someone worshipping things that actually exist, frankly.
Sun worshippers? They’re better than Christians, in that without the sun, none of us would exist. Life wouldn’t exist here without the sun. We know this for an absolute fact. Their proffered alternative, that no life would exist without Yahweh with Jesus as his son — well, that’s not exactly something they’ve ever offered any evidence for, but I’m sure they’ll suggest it’s the same thing. But no atheist is pissed off at the sun because some people worship it. So, likewise, no, atheists are not going to cut down trees out of spite.
Atheists don’t even really care about statues of Jesus, as long as they’re on private property, or church land. It’s when those “expressions of faith” are erected on state land that it hacks us off. When statues of Jesus appear unbidden in forest-like formations, replicating without any human intervention, let’s revisit this question, okay? Until then, quit smearing other religions to try to smear atheists, and quit Jesusifying every part of public policy and state land, you utter hacks.