Undercurrent of Atheist Mockery at Travis AFB Christmas Display
A variety of sites have noted the decision by Travis AFB to defend its nativity and Menorah. A few have noted the Travis AFB chaplains helped local atheist Airman SSgt Dan Rawlings erect an atheist display.
As more find out about it, more commenters are also questioning the Air Force’s decision to allow the atheist sign — not because of the sign itself, but the “flying spaghetti monster” on it [ellipses original]:
the flying spaghetti monster display is now up…mocking every belief out there. They had a great opportunity to be recognized and they turned it into a mockery. Sad, really. Great job staff sergeant…17 years without a complaint, you come along…complain, then mock everyone with your display. Isn’t that against military policies…to mock others?
As noted previously, even local non-religious people have said the atheists appear to be mocking their fellow Airmen by including the “flying spaghetti monster” on their sign. Again, as said before, official articles indicate the Air Force has a “zero tolerance” policy on “disparaging” others’ race, ethnicity, sex, color, disability…and religion.
The FSM was “invented” several years ago…as a parody for God.
The nativity allows Christians to celebrate Christmas. The Menorah allows Jews to celebrate Hanukkah. The 22 other cards allow military members of any persuasion to celebrate Santa, gift-giving, family, or whatever they want.
The atheists are the only ones to use their display to belittle the beliefs of their fellow Airmen, rather than celebrate something of their own.
If this were any other belief system, Michael Weinstein and Jason Torpy would be excoriating the military for making servicemembers feel like ‘second class’ citizens. But then, the central tenet of atheism seems to be mockery, doesn’t it? As said before, atheists are establishing themselves as nothing more than an asterisk on Christianity.