Pastor Michael Stahl thinks that atheists should be registered in "The Christian National Registry of Atheists." He wants your name and photo to be listed, so Christian folk like him can find out if they're living next to atheists. "I mean, think about it. There are already National Registrys [sic] for convicted sex offenders, ex-convicts, terrorist cells, hate groups like the KKK, skinheads, radical Islamists, etc.."* Pastor Mike runs an internet church called the "Living Water Church," where he posted on his "I-Net" blog about his scheme to create a grassroots organization for compiling atheist stats.
In the words of the I-Net visionary himself:
Now, many (especially the atheists), may ask "Why do this, what's the purpose?" Duhhh, Mr. Atheist for the same purpose many States put the names and photos of convicted sex offenders and other ex-felons on the I-Net - to INFORM the public! I mean, in the City of Miramar, Florida, where I live, the population is approx. 109,000. My family and I would sure like to know how many of those 109,000 are ADMITTED atheists! Perhaps we may actually know some. In which case we could begin to witness to them and warn them of the dangers of atheism. Or perhaps they are radical atheists, whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh's, in that case, if they are business owners, we would encourage all our Christian friends, as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be "feeding" Satan.
Frankly, I don't see why anyone would oppose this idea - including the atheists themselves (unless of course, they're actually ashamed of their atheist religion, and would prefer to stay in the 'closet.').
Since the blow-back from the progressive and skeptic community has been a bit too intense for his liking, Pastor Mike closed the blog and his facebook page to the public. Although claiming at the time of his retreat that it was all intended to be a joke, google cache and information released by a private member of his blog reveal that the good Pastor is in actuality already taking advantage of his recent surge in notoriety.
...to all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I will give you - free of charge - those e-mails and related info, as well as the complete unedited full e-mail messages.
All you need to do is e-mail me with a physical address to 'snail mail' them to you, as I am in the process of printing them out and will mail them in a manilla envelope, and will also send more to you as I continue to receive them.
These will be YOUR PROPERTY, as I am giving them to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, to copy, distribute in your communities / churches, etc, and to do with them as you wish.
Sounds like this is a man who really looked up to Senator McCarthy in his boyhood. Now, I don't really think this Pastor Mike is much more than a blowhard with a desktop, but the fact that his attitude is probably shared by more people than I would like is disquieting. Can you imagine what life would be like in Stahl's America?
****Please don't threaten the man should you choose to contact him. We've got more to stand on than intimidation and personal attacks. Also note that your inbox may be soon filled with attempts at conversion.