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Saturday, December 15, 2007

An Atheist Group Is Angry At Ohio Gov. Strickland: Can You Pass Its Bible Quiz?

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Wisconsin's Freedom From Religion Foundation is peeved at Gov. Ted Strickland for issuing an order that allows Nativity displays in Ohio's state parks. The Madison-based organization is comprised of atheists and agnostics who insist the Constitution demands a high wall separating church and state. The group also contends there is quite a bit of scientific bunk, sexism and violence endorsed by the Christian Bible, and considers God a "troublemaker." It offers this 50-question Bible quiz whose purpose seems to be to put the Good Book in about as bad a light as possible.

The answers are available here. A passing score is 20-29; the average is 15 correct. Here's sample question, along with the answer, from the quiz that seems timely for the group's Yuletide clash with Ohio's governor, who happens to be an ordained Methodist preacher.

"What Christmas tradition is expressly forbidden in the Bible? a. Singing carols house-to-house. b. Exchanging gifts. c. Christmas trees. d. Kissing under the mistletoe.

Answer: C. Many other Christmas traditions have their roots in pagan practices, such as the holy wreath, a fertility symbol. Even the date of Christmas, near the winter solstice, is linked to sun worship. Modern Christians have stolen Christians from the pagans. 'Thus saith the Lord. Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest; the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with hammers, that it move not . . . They are altogether brutish and foolish.' (Jeremiah 10:2-8)"


  1. Yes, notice how they are cherrypicking old and new testament without context? Typical atheist b.s. They don't have an understanding for what Christianity is, they typically just pick and choose which passages to use, without the context that Christ superceded the laws expressed in Jeremiah. These people are pathetic.

  2. Hi Anon --

    I would not call them pathetic at all. I would say they have a point on view, and they have found some Biblical passages that certainly do seem to be in conflict with the ideas of a Christian religion that says love thy neighbor as thy self. However, they seem to be as intolerant of religious folks as some religious folks are intolerant of atheists.

  3. Like we really care what atheists from Wisconsin think. Have some whine with that cheese.