But, what if you live in a country that holds freedom of speech and freedom of belief to be the highest of it's social truths? Well, you can only hope to keep track of the rabble 'just in case'.
Enter Pastor Mike Stahl. He feels that Atheists need to be put on a national registry so "we" can keep track of them.
From his blog;
"I mean, think about it. There are already National Registrys [sic] for convicted sex offenders, ex-convicts, terrorist cells, hate groups like the KKK, skinheads, radical Islamists, etc.."
"This type of 'National Registry' would merely be for information purposes."
"I mean, in the City of Miramar, Florida, where I live, the population is approx. 109,000. My family and I would sure like to know how many of those 109,000 are ADMITTED atheists! Perhaps we may actually know some. In which case we could begin to witness to them and warn them of the dangers of atheism. Or perhaps they are radical atheists, whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh's, in that case, if they are business owners, we would encourage all our Christian friends, as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be "feeding" Satan. "
He seems to be unaware that GOD hardened Pharaohs heart several times after Pharaoh repeatedly agreed to let the Jews leave Egypt. ;-)
I have to link to the article about Stahls blog because he's made it invite only since it hit the news.
When the lights go on, the cockroaches run and hide.
I'll gladly invoke Godwin's law here. Pastor Mike's idea certainly mimics Hitler's practices against Jews, gays and atheists, but McCarthyism is a more appropriate comparison.
I really don't have a point to make here, Pastor Mike makes it for me. I just wanted to shine another light on a cockroach.