"People go to churches to hide from the truth," Flemming said in a statement. "At no time is this more apparent than Easter, when Christians get together to convince each other that a man died, stayed dead three days, rose from the dead and then flew into the air above the clouds.
A media company that produced a best-selling documentary asserting that Jesus Christ never existed today launches its "War on Easter," encouraging volunteer atheists to plant copies of the film "The God Who Wasn't There" in churches across the United States.
Dubbing the effort "Operation Easter Sanity," Brian Flemming, a self-described "former Christian fundamentalist" and president of Beyond Belief Media, hopes to covertly place 666 copies of the documentary in churches by Easter Sunday, April 16. The number 666 is the biblical mark of "The Beast," which also is the name of another film by Flemming set for a 06-06-06 release.
Now, who would do such a thing? It's so... pushy. Invading the privacy of this place of worship and planting propagandist materials in hopes of converting some vulnerable thinker is so... deliciously ironic. Really, atheist tracts? I've never met a more satisfying idea. The Atheist Mama put it to work:
The strike began at dawn...
Ok, not really. It actually began about around 9:30 after I had dropped my oldest off at school, and cleaned out my car... I was very polite and I have no ill feelings towards anyone there, and was very welcomed. The woman at the front desk actually suggested that I was sent by God because she was just praying that she would meet women from my side of town for her new Women's Group. Besides, I can't count how many times Xian tracts have been left on my doorstep.
Sure you could argue that she was just as bad as evangelimentalists leaving tracts and knocking on doors, but you'd be wrong. Upending the dominant culture's tactics to criticize is valid comment and satire on it's own (not to mention damned funny). That she's spreading her truth (or rather lack thereof) is even more justification. In a postmodern world it does matter who starts the fight. (buy a t-shirt if you like - and check out the War's blog for more reports from the troops)