Having screwed the pooch on a billboard with an atheist-friendly misquote from Thomas Jefferson has not stopped Fountain Valley-based Backyard Skeptics from going to the inkwell again.
This time, above a Costa Mesa mattress store, it’s a 48×14-foot “Treaty of Tripoli” billboard that boldly states, “The United States in in not any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”
For years, atheists have pointed to the Treaty of Tripoli being proof that America was not founded as a Christian nation, while others have used it to strengthen the argument for a separation of church and state. But for about just as long it has been disputed by religious scholars who say Article 11 was a poor Arabic-to-English translation and/or that it appears solely in the English version of the treaty.
Tip: Jim Lippard
I’m not clear about the Treaty of Tripoli quote. Frankly, I don’t know so I won’t put forth an opinion on it. But, this group is apparently not too careful with their evidence. They royally screwed up on their first billboard attempt.
Oh, good going. If you are going to hit people in the face with your opinion, one ought to be better informed.
Also, these are not “skeptics”, these are Atheists who appear to the public as outwardly against religion and motivated by something in addition to/other than reason and evidence. Example:
Gleason’s group got attention last month for tearing out pages of the Bible at Huntington Beach pier.
Not cool. I call myself a skeptic and these activities have nothing to do with skepticism. Those who practice scientific skepticism strive to be truthful and careful about claims. That certainly didn’t happen here.