A New York Times story relates a recent lawsuit from a few atheists who are upset – really, really upset, perhaps even offended and certainly experiencing mental pain and anguish. Seems someone found a large cross-shaped beam in the wreckage following the collapse of the towers from 9/11, and now that cross-shaped beam has found its way into the 9/11 museum. The atheists insist that either the symbol must be removed or there must be equal representation of all religions so as to not promote one single faith.
The article continues:
And if atheists could put a symbol in the museum, what would it be? Perhaps an atom, Mr. Silverman suggested, “because we’re all made out of atoms,” or maybe a depiction of a firefighter carrying a victim. “It would be about helping,” he said. “It would not be derogatory against any religion or anybody.”
The atheists claim that they have suffered “dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish from the knowledge that they are made to feel officially excluded from the ranks of citizens who were directly injured by the 9/11 attack.”
But now I am experiencing mental pain and anguish. Now I am upset and offended on behalf of all the excluded atoms that make up those events of dyspepsia, moments of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish. You can’t just go around willy-nilly excluding atoms, Mr. Silverman. Either you support all atoms or you don’t. Not giving all forms of existence equal representation would certainly be derogatory, and your comments are derogatory to all dyspepsic atoms everywhere. Those atoms should not be be made to feel officially excluded from the ranks of the other atoms that these atheists so gleefully accept. This is nothing less than molecular racism.
Either we must have all the atoms represented and affirmed or none of them. Either we put the whole universe in the museum or we eliminate all that exists. Otherwise, somewhere in this universe there is a small dyspepsic atom crying. I sure hope the ACLU will come to his/her/its defense.
In fact, I will not rest until the museum has a depiction of these atheists carrying dyspepsic atoms — those are the real victims here — and that would be about helping, and then it would not be derogatory against any other form of existence.