Claremont atheist threatens satanic display if city nativity, menorah not removed
“As an atheist, Killay said seeing religious symbols on city property is offensive“
Militant Atheists – they say believe in “no religion” and have no beliefs but they do. They hate we who do and their main doctrinal statement is this: anyone who is religious IS offensive. Period, full stop. They don’t believe in religion and they hate people that do. It is clear that Claremont’s Sam Killay is a “kill joy” in that he’s quite happy to ruin other peoples’ feelings of joy about the season (and in this case, concerning Christmas). Militant atheists are like that – selfish little beings who can’t stand other people that have something he doesn’t – faith. He doesn’t understand it, doesn’t like it, doesn’t like that others have it, and is perfectly willing to ruin it for others so he can feel better about himself. So, he’s resorting to religious extortion (reformatted, emphasis mine):
If the city does not remove a nativity scene and menorah it displays each year at Broad Street Park, an athiest is threatening to erect an anti-Christian display of his own. “It’s going to piss a lot of people off,” said Sam Killay, 36. Killay says the city must remove the religious displays or at least move them to private property. “It belongs at a church, not on public land,” he said. As an atheist, Killay said seeing religious symbols on city property is offensive. If he is forced to put up with it, he will do his best to offend Claremont’s religious citizens.
He may be offended, but that’s his personal problem. After all, we aren’t responsible for his feelings and his emotions as he doesn’t seem capable of keeping himself in check. And he’s interpreting law and the First Amendment with his line of “It belongs at a church, not on public land“. The First Amendment states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A government entity, like the City of Claremont is NOT establishing a religion simply by letting its residents display their religious symbols. And by having having two faiths displaying their symbols, both Christian and Jewish, how could it be said that a particular faith system is going to become Claremont’s “official religion”? While sharing the Old Testament, they vary widely after that. Even Killay understands that with this threat:
Killay considered first considered just putting up an atheist logo, but said people wouldn’t likely recognize it. Instead, he plans to use an explicit anti-religious image such as satanic symbols like the pentagram or an inverted cross. The cross of St. Peter did not originate as an anti-Christian symbol and is still used as a Christian symbol in many contexts as the Petrine’s (St. Peter’s) Cross.
So, he’s a “no religion” guy but is willing to use Satanist symbols to out the proverbial stick in the eyes of those of faith. Such anger in this one – and most likely, rather self-righteous about himself.
Killay, who has lived in Claremont for the past seven years, said he was flabbergasted when he first saw the nativity scene and menorah. After his initial complaints he was told by city officials that Claremont residents want the displays. Killay backed off at first, but last year decided to try and do something about it. “I don’t think I’m asking too much,” Killay said.
Actually, he is – and he knows it. Unwilling to let go, unwilling to “be a good neighbor”, he’s doubling down to silence others for their beliefs. Not to present his own beliefs (to which he has every right to do so and to which I would support – while I disagree that atheism is correct, he should be allowed to do it else it would be Government prohibiting his free expression while allowing others. The problem is that he wants it to be exclusive – only his should be allowed to be shown. Which is to say, nothing at all. Atheism, with respect to the religious, is nihilism. Nothing, Nada – Zilch. Exactly what he is demanding of others in constricting their Rights. Again, selfishness rules his day.
After writing numerous letters to area newspapers, Killay this week took his fight to the city council, reading a statement on the record demanding that the city remove the religious displays or at least display them on private property instead of at the park.
He should understand that the City has no Power to tell some private property owner to display anything (the Right to Private Property). So he is impinging on someone else’s Right’s by proxy. He must really believe he’s a BMOC in throwing his atheistic weight around. At the risk of sounding unChristian-like at this time of the year, I hope they figuratively tell him to pound sand…or snow (either will do) and read the First Amendment to him while doing so and teaching him the error of his ways with respect to respecting others’ religious freedoms under the First Amendment. And this from the NH Constitution:
[Art.] 5. [Religious Freedom Recognized.] Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession, sentiments, or persuasion; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or disturb others in their religious worship.
I believe that displaying a Nativity scene or a Menorah is not really a formal form of worship but it certainly is a profession of their faiths. Neither has disturbed the “public peace” in Claremont (although the Human Rights Commission in Dover seems to be making a hash of things over religious displays) – but it is clear that Sam Killay is doing exactly that.
Unfortunately, he has taken on the mantle of a religious SJW – all too willing to hurt others’ lives to make themselves feel good inside.
I guess it’s all about that nihilism that’s created such a hole in his soul.
(H/T: Union Leader)