. . . just to poke a stick in the eye of people who enjoy putting up and viewing religious displays on public property.
Via Ann Althouse:
I don’t like these “atheists” who are really religion-haters. If you really only thinkthere is no God, why are you so hostile toward people who think otherwise? Find something else to do. Why obsess about religion? And why can’t you enjoy festive displays of things that you don’t actually believe in? Virtually everyone who puts up a Santa Claus display doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. It’s just a lightweight seasonal amusement. What’s to hate? I wouldn’t dignify virulent religion-haters with the neutral appellation “atheist.” It’s not fair to all the amiable, well-balanced atheists out there.