Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Christians and atheists in blessing and un-blessing battle over Florida highway

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Humanists of Florida used "unholy water" to carry out
their unblessing

A battle has broken out between Christians and a humanist group over the blessing of a highway in Florida, the Friendly Atheist blog reports.

Humanists of Florida recently discovered that a minister in Polk County, just east of Tampa, had in 2010 embarked upon a scheme to anoint the roads surrounding the area, thus warding off unholy spirits and ungodly forces.

Pastor Frank Smith explained his Polk Under Prayer (PUP) initiative in a blog post in 2010:
"It's [sic] objective is to place Holy Angels at all roads that lead into or out of Polk County. A strip of anointed oil has been placed over all lanes of highway at the county line and a prayer has been given at each location asking God to have angels inspect every vehicle that travels into or out of this county and to bring under conviction to those who seek evil and we asked God to bring them to a state of submission and repentance. If they will not submit to God's way of living, then the prayer is to have them incarcerated or removed from the county. We pray salvation for each person and the full knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior. We are asking God to make His presence known when each person crosses this annointed line.
The results were immediate. There have been a number of arrests for drugs and drug manfacturing [sic] in Polk County since this project began. We are hoping to spread this project to all towns in Polk County so that God's protection and influence will be felt throughout the entire county. We encourage people to do the same with their drive ways and property lines."
Having belatedly discovered Pastor Smith's project, on Saturday the Humanists of Florida set about undoing his work, mopping the stretch of County Road 98 that runs into Polk County. Humanist spokesperson Rob Curry explained that the road would be mopped with unholy water "to symbolically welcome everyone, all citizens, whether they believe or don't believe," and pointed out that the cleansing ritual would not be conducted with malign intent. "We're not doing anything to harm anyone," he said. "No gods will be harmed in the washing of the roads."

The Polk Under Prayer group, unsurprisingly, are unimpressed. "We will probably do it again at some point," PUP member Cassandra Geringswald told the Guardian. "But we are not going to tell the atheists, because they will be back out there again," she added.

Which suggests that the group believe that humanists have ability to successfully carry out unblessings. On which note I'll end this post, because I'm assuming that, having learned that you possess a great power, you will want to go and try it out. Enjoy.
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