It was an inspirational tale -- especially for Christians who felt that Patrick Greene, an atheist from East Texas, had finally seen the light. But now, just weeks after announcing that he had converted to Christianity, the secular activist is, once again, a non-believer.
Last month, we reported about Greene's conversion after he had initially threatened to sue over the presence of a nativity scene on the Henderson County courthouse lawn in Athens, Texas. Despite his actions against the religious symbol, local Christians came together to raise funds for him and his wife to purchase groceries after they learned of an illness he had been stricken with. Greene was so moved by the gesture that he converted to Christianity.
While the story made its rounds as an inspirational tale that showcases the power of kindness and giving, Greene's transformation was short-lived. On Saturday, the activist e-mailed The Blaze to proclaim that he is no longer a Christian and that he has returned to his atheistic roots.
"The story you wrote last month about me, I thought you'd interested in knowing that my 'conversion' was temporary. It lasted less than a week," he wrote. "I came to realize, after reading just the first half of the first chapter of Genesis, that I didn't believe a word of it. I felt like I was insulting my own intellect."
Greene said that the Genesis story that he read "wasn't even close to being believable" and that he was merely captivated by the intensity and excitement of the situation. In addition to returning to secularism, Greene has reignited his anti-Christian activism. The Christian Post has more:
"I got all caught up in the excitement," Greene, a retired cab driver who lives in East Texas since 2005, told San Antonio Express-News.
In an apparent attempt to play a victim, the 63-year-old resident of San Antonio said, "It's easy to do when you get ostracized and treated like garbage. When you're an atheist, you're public enemy No. 1."
Having gone back to atheism, Greene is opposing Christians once again. He fought against Mayor Julián Castro's participation in the National Day of Prayer event on City Hall Thursday. In a lawsuit, he argued that the event was organized by evangelical Christians, was sectarian and therefore unconstitutional for a mayor to engage in.
So, it seems the former taxi driver is back in the atheist saddle. The temporary joy some Christians felt following his short-lived conversion has certainly dissipated. Now, the atheists who initially accused him of never truly being a non-believer before his conversion took place can, once again, find solace.