|Gordon Klingenschmitt. Future member of Colorado State House? (source)|
Klingenschmitt was reacting to the US Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal brought forward by a Wisconsin school district. The district was successfully sued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State for holding its graduation ceremony in a church.
Anyway, Klingenschmitt thinks that what whiny atheists need is a good old fashioned exorcism to chase out the demons with which they are obviously possessed -- why else would they be atheists? Then they'd stop complaining about having to sit in churches.
"If the atheist complainer is so uncomfortable when they walk into a church that there's something inside of them squirming and making them feel these feelings of hatred toward the cross of Jesus Christ, don't you think it's something inside of the atheist complainer that's wrong?"Although some atheists may feel uncomfortable in churches -- due, perhaps to real trauma -- many have no problems with this. I think churches are magnificent buildings. I just have problems with public schools endorsing a particular religion, that's all.
"I have a solution," he continued. "Let's do an exorcism and cast the Devil out of them and then they'll feel comfortable when they walk into church..."
Also, some atheists may not be keen on Jesus, while others have no problem whatsoever with him. Being an atheist doesn't mean you hate Jesus, or God. It means you don't believe in gods.
Isn't it also nice the way he suggests that there is something flawed or wrong with 'the atheist?'
Then there's the brilliant solution of forced exorcism. Half joking? Suggesting? Planting the idea of gross human rights violations?
I'm pretty sure he's not really serious. Although this could be a good case study for why atheist chaplains are required in the US military.
Hypothetically though, dragging people to get excommunicated reminds me a little of some countries that will throw you in jail if you don't observe Ramadan. Just sayin'.