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Texas Christians raise money for ailing atheist critic

Kate Shellnut has this story at The Houston Chronicle blog, and I wish there were more stories like it.

An atheist activist who dropped threats to protest an Athens, Texas, nativity scene after his health declined is now receiving aid from fellow atheists and the very group of Christians he opposed, according to reports on the Friendly Atheist blog.

San Antonio atheist Patrick Greene spoke against the controversial Christian scene set up in front of the Henderson County courthouse last Christmas.

He had threatened to file a lawsuit, believing the display to be state endorsement of Christianity, the blog said, but backed off once he discovered in February that an eye condition could soon leave him blind.

Sand Springs Baptist Church, in Henderson County, saw Greene’s need and donated $400 to help him pay for treatment.

“Why not turn this into something else? This is a great opportunity to turn the other cheek and show God’s love,” said Jessica Crye, the Christian who organized the collection.

Greene accepted the help of what he called “real Christians” willing to love and help others.

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