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Unblessings

The non-believers are getting active, unlike some women’s groups we could name.  They’re putting up billboards and de-baptizing people and unblessing things.

The de-baptizing is all in good fun, unless you’re religious and you don’t find that kind of thing funny.

But the unblessing is kind of important.  That’s what a bunch of Polk County,  Florida atheists thought when they scrubbed a highway clean with “unholy water” after it was anointed by some Christians to keep the drug dealers and Satan away:

The “un-blessing” came about a year after Prayer Under Polk anointed the highway. The group’s leader says they’ve been blessing the county line to keep the bad guys away.

“(We’ve been) praying for that entryway in to the city, that God would protect us from evildoers, mainly the drug crowd, that they would be dissuaded to come in to the county,” group director Richard Geringswald tells the station.

The atheists, though, says all the holy oils and praying are just meant to make un-believers feel unwelcome.

“It sends a very bad signal to everyone in Polk County, and (anyone) who travels through Polk county who doesn’t happen to be Christian,” Palmer says.

This isn’t the first time Polk County has been the staging ground for a clash between the worshipful and the skeptics. Palmer’s group clashed last year with Geringswald after Prayer Under Polk buried “prayer bricks” promising that “the wicked shall be destroyed” all along I-4.

The Christians just won’t take a chill pill and relax.  No, they must mark their territory and enlist God to patrol it for them.

{sigh}

This land is you land, this land is my land…

Don’t forget, this Saturday is the Reason Rally on the Mall in Washington, DC.  The festivities start at 9:00am.  Richard Dawkins will be there as will a whole bunch of godless Americans.  If you are in that number or you just like the idea of preserving the separation of church and state, consider going and joining a growing movement of secular Americans.  They may not pray, but they sure do vote.