Apparently, atheism does not foster good behavior.
Today’s militant atheists are not content to believe in their own unbelief. They want to punish others who do not share their beliefs.
Consider the man at Laguardia Airport who was boarding a plane to Dallas yesterday.
The New York Post picks up the story:
The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.
The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”
The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted before brushing past her.
Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.
The crew tried to calm the unidentified man, but he refused to back down and continued hectoring them.
He was escorted off the plane as other fliers burst into cheers and applause.
To be fair, we do not know, from the story that the man was an atheist. Perhaps he was a follower of a non-Christian religion.
If so, his religion does not teach him to respect other people’s beliefs. It seems to teach that people who say “Merry Christmas” should be punished for offering good cheer on the holiday.
For my part, I suspect that the man was a militant atheist. If he had been a member of another religion, the Post would probably have said so.
No one can say how common this attitude is, but today’s militant atheists often take severe offense at any expression of religious belief.
Apparently, “do unto others” does not belong to the atheist canon.