I’ve said it before, but one of the reasons atheism as a religion (and that’s what it is) just doesn’t catch on is that its adherents are just such jerks about it. Case in point: A woman and her unborn child were killed in a car crash on the edge of an atheist’s property last month. The usual roadside shrine was put up by mourners, including a cross, stuffed animals, porcelain angels, and so on.
Now, the owner of the property, a self-described atheist, has removed the cross and some baby booties from the memorial and buried them in his yard. Bill Brodmerkle said he did it because he “didn’t want any Catholic symbols on his property.” If he’s an atheist, why would he specify “Catholic” and not “Christian”? Why would he dispose of the cross and not the angels? And why bury the cross and not just toss it in the trash if it holds no meaning to him? He also claims that he didn’t mean to bury the booties but that the weather was bad and he didn’t notice them. So why was he burying them in bad weather? Something seems fishy about Brodmerkle’s story.
What’s really slimy is that he tampered with the memorial without trying to contact anyone connected to the family, which wouldn’t take that much work. Yes, roadside memorials can’t last forever, but they should still be treated with respect for the people how died there and their loved ones who mourn.