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OUR VIEW: Atheists trade bibles for porn; dis Mother Teresa

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Atheists have enjoyed a good run in recent years, organizing to challenge the value and validity of organized religion. They’ve reminded society about historic episodes of evil cloaked in religion. They’ve guarded against government establishment of religion, to public benefit. They’ve elevated icons who write and speak, such as scientist Richard Dawkins and journalist Christopher Hitchens. They’ve worked to make disbelief seem downright cool for some.

The once-insignificant Freedom From Religion Foundation learned how to spend small amounts on marketing stunts that grab priceless publicity, such as confrontational billboards that insult religion in Colorado Springs and other religious bastions.

Yet it appears the movement toward mainstream status for atheism may have come and gone in a flash. Today, the briefly notable trend has become a comedy of buffoonery.

As mainstream religious organizations devote human labor and hundreds of millions of dollars to aiding earthquake-ravaged Haiti and Chile, atheists organize around causes like the bibles-for-porn exchange. The organization Atheist Agenda, at the University of Texas-San Antonio, draws attention by offering pornography in exchange for Bibles, Torahs, Korans and other religious texts.

Here’s some unsolicited advice for the college atheists: Grown-ups don’t think it’s cute, and you don’t help the atheist cause by aligning it with porn. We’re just saying…
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