Fireworks weren’t the only thing in the sky on Independence Day. The American Atheists flew a banner over New York City that read, “Atheism is Patriotic — atheists.org.”
The organization wanted people to take a picture of the banner as it flew by New York City landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. The best photo will be used on the cover of American Atheist Magazine.
Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, said in a press release: “Religion is unpatriotic at its core, because it places its law above the law of the land. Indeed, religion abhors civil law, which is why we see attacks against science and privacy coming from our religious politicians. Religion asserts itself on the population at large by infiltrating the political system with true believers who will then use the political system to do the church’s bidding.”
Last year, “American Atheists attempted to fly a banner in all fifty states on July 4th, but ran into discrimination from companies that refused to fly the banner.”
The group cites the First Amendment in its defense: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“Since Patriotism is loyalty to one’s country, which is much more about its laws than its geography, religion is at its core unpatriotic to the American Way,” wrote Blair Scott on atheists.org.