Religious responses to atheists' campaign distress reader

12/06/2013 7:10 AM

12/05/2013 12:40 PM

Re “Atheists ‘Out of the Closet’ in new billboard campaign” (Our Region, Dec. 2): The responses of the religious spokesmen to the atheist billboard campaign were distressing. Metwalli Amer, executive director of the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims Islamic Center, took offense that people do not believe as he does. Is he suggesting that believers, but not atheists, can state their views publicly? Monsignor Jim Murphy, vicar general for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, dismissed atheists as a small minority, but perhaps he should reflect that Christians in first century Palestine were also a tiny minority. Believers may disagree with atheist views, but they need to offer reasonable counterarguments.

-- Wayne R. Anderson, Sacramento

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