My reaction to the “T-shirt Scandal”.
Well, the atheist/christian blogging world is aflame with what I call “The T-Shirt Scandal”. Basically, an atheist was kicked out of the museum for “unruly behavior”. He apparently had been warned about this t-shirt (which wasn’t really that big of a deal) and then he made a comment about how he wouldn’t spend anymore money at the museum (funny, I wouldn’t either, not in that bookstore). Apparently, this deeply offended a family from Virginia and “ruined” their whole vacation.
My reaction? Get over it.
The kid didn’t deserve to get kicked out. He was actually very respectful and apologized to the family. How do I know? I was there, watching the whole thing go down. You see, I was the undercover minister who was asked by the SSA to go with them on the trip and I addressed their conference the next day. I’m a full on Presbyterian minister, who subscribes to the Nicene Creed without hesitation.
It infuriates me when fellow Christians resort to these kind of tactics. It certainly plays to the crowd which likes the museum and probably brings in more donations. But, their whole reaction to this event are half truths at best, outright lie at worst.
All the kids tshirt said was “Smile, there is probably no god.” Creation museum folks, if you are trying to spread the Truth, then you should be able to handle the people you are trying to reach. Not watch them like hawks as if they were vandals. Not take guard dogs on rounds through the museum.
Guard dogs? For the love of St. Thomas…
Family from Viriginia? You need to educate your kids that there are people who believe there is no god. My six year old already knows this and he handles it just fine. It’s not a threat to his faith.
I’m also going to respond later today to some Christian bloggers who were there.
Why am I doing this? Because Christians are supposed to be about TRUTH, not lies. To be gracious, not play to your giving base.