The Atheist Shoe Company of Germany claims they’ve been discriminated against by the United States Postal Service. In short, it seemed that an inordinately large number of their shoe shipments to the US were disappearing enroute to their secular destinations. Could it be the “Atheist” packing tape they were using on their packages which was tipping off saintly postal workers?
They decided to find out (and no doubt garner some free publicity along the way). So, as theblaze.com reports (read their full article here), The Atheist Shoe Company set out to test their suspicions. They sent out 178 packages to 89 addresses, half identified with the potentially offensive “Atheist” tape and the other half travelling incognito. And they found as a result that nine times as many of the Atheist-identified packages disappeared enroute (9 to 1). In addition, the Atheist packages took on average three extra days to arrive.
On the other hand, Baker sent out advance copies of God or Godless via Fed Ex to atheist John Loftus and me on March 6. John received his copy on March 7, but I didn’t receive my copy until two weeks later. The same thing happened last fall when Baker sent us each the galleys of the book via FedEx. John’s copy arrived in a few days but my copy arrived three weeks later.
Perhaps The Atheist Shoe Company should start using FedEx.