Don’t make us uncomfortable: Christian edition

PZ Myers posts this gem of a “news” item about atheists and their evil War on Christmas:

“Wasn’t exactly happy about the Christmas Parade this year, I spent many years teaching my children to love and respect other people and to love the fact that they were children of God and I don’t feel that they should be influenced in any other way especially not at a Christmas parade,” said Tina Corgey, who is a lifelong Bryan resident.

Corgey brings her three kids to the B/CS Christmas Parade every year.

She said she was disgusted by what she saw on Sunday.

“If you have younger children they weren’t going to understand but I have older children, a teenager, 8-year-old and they were curious and they asked questions and it was hard for them to believe and understand that there are actually people out there that don’t believe in God,” Corgey said.

It must be so difficult to be a good Christian parent in a society in which atheists are allowed to exist. Your kids might become curious about people who aren’t like them. They might ask questions. You spend all those years teaching your kids to love and respect other people (except those dirty nonbelievers), and then along come a pack of non-Christians who start influencing your kids in other ways by playing Jingle Bells on vuvuzelas.

This is who the anti-atheist backlash is trying to protect, when they complain about how those horrible “New” Atheists are so intolerant, strident, militant, closed-minded towards people of faith. They want us to be like Harry Potter at the Dursleys’ dinner party: we’re allowed to stay in the house without the threat of violence, but we have to go to our room, make no noise and pretend we don’t exist. Otherwise, the people who weren’t previously aware of folks like us might start asking awkward questions and have to be Obliviated.

Odd, how we can tolerate being regularly told our lives are without meaning and morals and that we’re setting ourselves up for eternal damnation, but they can’t even tolerate our presence in their public spaces.