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And yes, this happens a lot.
Recently fellow Atheist Shannon Morgan tried to submit “8THEIST” as a custom license plate.
What happened next? It got rejected of course. Why? For being “objectable.”
Hold on guys, let’s not jump to conclusions here. Shannon DID try another controversial term, “BAPTIST,” to be sure New Jersey wasn’t anti-atheist or anything.
Aaaaand it was accepted. You can commence with conclusion jumping now.
Great job New Jersey. Read more on Patheos if you have the chance:
Start with a cage containing five monkeys.
Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been done.
And that, my friends, is how our social, economic and religious hierarchies are created and reinforced.
Worth a watch. This guy brings up some nice points.
"Went into the local Walgreen here in a Midwestern town. The total of my order came out to $6.66.
The Clerks face turned pale and she said “oh boy, oh boy, if I were you, I would buy something else right now.” I thought for sure she was joking. I smiled, laughed and said “nah, that’s okay, I am not superstitious.”
She put her hand over the credit card machine, in what seemed like an effort to block me from swiping the card and asked “are you sure?” I told her I was and she then said, in the most haunting tone I have ever heard “It’s your choice, but that right there, that is the mark of the devil.”
After paying and getting my receipt, she called over to her coworker “shelly, I am taking a break now, please cover me”. I can only imagine what she went to do, whether it was pray, take a bath in holy water, kill herself, I have no idea. Never in my life have I encountered such superstition so up-close and personal. Frankly, it was terrifying.”