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Davide Mastracci

The war against atheists

Throughout the Western world, a disturbing trend has arisen that sees the religious masses maliciously labeling atheists as extremists. The targeted atheists are often not advocates of actual extremist policies—like a Hoxhaist ban on religion—but mere politically-involved members of society attempting to protect the rights they hold as citizens.An example of this trend in action has arisen in New York in regards to the 9/11 cross. The 9/11 cross is a 17 foot steel girder which was found amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center. Christians have found comfort in the cross—which resided at a church for the past five years—but has now been moved into the government-funded National September 11 Memorial and Museum. This move has prompted the American Atheists, an Atheist civil rights group from New Jersey, to launch a lawsuit.Despite the controversy the lawsuit has stirred up, there is legitimate reason to launch it. The rubble is clearly a religious symbol as it has been blessed by a priest, has resided at a church, and would have been meaningless to all people had it not resembled a cross.  According to the American Atheists, the fact that this piece of blessed rubble is in a government-funded memorial represents a “violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, and is … [a] violation of Sections three and 11 of the Constitution of the State of New York.” These violations are, of course, what motivated the lawsuit launched by the American Atheists.Because atheism is largely unorganized, without any real political power to back up their lack-of-belief, these lawsuits and other attempts to stand up not only for atheists, but minority religions in America, should be celebrated. Instead, a great deal of the population, disregarding the legitimacy of the lawsuit, have attempted to monopolize… Read More

September 15: Letter to the editor

Roy Rogers’s September 12 article, Putting the MUNACA strike in perspective, reads like a brilliant piece of satire. Unfortunately, this is not what he intended his obnoxious vent against MUNACA workers to be, and as such, his article must be criticized.Primarily, Rogers compares MUNACA workers to the obnoxious “Library Jerks.” This is unfair and implies a great deal about how Rogers views the average worker in Canada. Rogers’ description labels the “Library Jerks” as intellectually inferior students who “deserve an ass beating.” Although I would hope Rogers does not feel the same way towards MUNACA members, in comparing them to “Library Jerks” he leaves this possibility open.Anyone who isn’t completely ignorant to the story behind the MUNACA strike will quickly realize that this comparison is quite malicious. So naturally it must be asked: what made Rogers feel this way? If you are looking for something substantial, stop, as Rogers makes this vile comparison solely because he had his silence disturbed in the library. MUNACA workers are on strike, and thus creating noise, because the university has failed to provide them with the fair demands they have asked for. Most students, of course, realize the fairness of the MUNACA struggle and, as such, have respectfully dealt with inconveniences such as the one described.Rogers himself goes on to backup this point by saying that, “I looked at the other students around me to find common outrage over the audible unruliness. Much to my surprise, however, it was as though I was the only one who could hear the pandemonium. My peers were just sitting there as if the ruckus was nothing but the squeak of a church mouse.” Rogers attributes this silence to “universities [becoming] so politically correct that the average student cannot openly disagree with the prevailing left-wing bias.” Unfortunately, Rogers… Read More