I wrote about my concerns that the recent atheist billboard outside the Lincoln Tunnel might be a tad too aggressive for the season if we're trying to convey the idea that atheists are just like everyone else. That doesn't mean, of course, that some Christians can't wreck the spirit far more effectively.
Take for example the reaction to the Atheist Vuvuzela Marching Band in a Christmas parade down in Texas. An atheist group marched in the annual event with no more of message that to wish everyone a happy holiday season. They sported no banners claiming "God is imaginary." They simply joined in the festivities with their neighbors.
The reaction? Animosity, anger, and contempt. One woman there expressed concern about what she would say to her children about the existence of people who don't believe in god.
Across the Atlantic, a Copenhagen pastor demonstrated the superiority of his understanding of this season of peace, love, and understanding by executing an elf in effigy outside of his church. His rationale is that the notion of cute little elves helping Santa actually comes from Satan.
Perhaps the Texas mom would feel more comfortable explaining that to her kids.