Skip to comments.Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash
Posted on 12/13/2016 6:39:53 AM PST by KeyLargo
Atheist activist, Green candidate Rob Sherman dies in plane crash
Rob Sherman, who died over the weekend in a crash of his small plane in Marengo, operated a business helping people build aircraft from kits.
But the 63-year-old was better known as a colorful political activist and Green Party candidate some might say gadfly who called journalists and introduced himself as Rob Sherman, your favorite atheist.
At one time, he had license plates that spelled out ATHEIST.
Though he came in for derision as a self-promoter, he challenged the use of government-sponsored Christmas creches and displays and anything he perceived as a co-mingling of church and state.
Early Saturday, fire crews responded after his single-engine plane was spotted in an area off Meyer Road, just north of Pleasant Grove Road, according to Marengo firefighter Joe Taylor.
A Monday autopsy found Mr. Sherman, of Poplar Grove, died of multiple injuries from the mishap, which is being investigated by the FAA and NTSB.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Sherman was constantly in the headlines for atheism activism.
As Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper put it in 1998, He has battled towns from South Holland to Deerfield to Zion to Palatine to Highland, Ind., and Wauwatosa, Wis., over public displays of religious symbols on water towers, on government property and on official village seals.
Mr. Sherman also filed suit against the Boy Scouts after he and his son, Richard, were denied membership because they refused to recognize a duty to God.
The relationship between Mr. Sherman and his son made headlines in 1998 for personal rather political reasons. He was convicted of domestic battery after he struck his then-16-year-old son, and later spent a brief time in jail.
I wanted to put the fear of God in him,
(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.suntimes.com ...
The Zenair CH 601 crashed under unknown circumstances sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to Taylor and FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro.
Authorities said late Monday that the aircraft was a manufactured model, not a home-built version.
Rob Sherman and fellow Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whom he called the next president of the United States. | robsherman.com
Rob Sherman 0, God 1
From building aircraft to shoveling coal
All in a flash
Straight in. Looks like stall/spin accident.
Rob meets Madeline Murray O’Hare in the fiery pit. Nice.
How green is Hell?
Hopefully he realized his error before impact...
Thief on the cross....(?)....
Maybe he prayed in the last couple a hundred feet.
Karma sucks huh?
Re: license plate ATHEIST.
His last words were “Oh....my....NoSuchThingAs...God!!!”
Name : SHERMAN, ROBERT IAN
Airman’s Address : PO BOX 10
POPLAR GROVE, IL, 61065-0010
FAA Region : Great Lakes
Date of Medical : Aug, 2015
Class of Medical : 3
Expiration of Class 3 : Aug, 2017
Airman Certificates : Sport Pilot
Well I guess he’s in the dark now!
Well, he is a believer now.
His meeting with the Master was probably a bit uncomfortable.
Sounds like he could use our prayers.
Manfacturing CO2 can be deadly.
too late, but not for his surviving family
But I doubt the sincerity
Rob will be happy to find out that satan doesn’t use fossil fuels to heat the place.
Another from the Clinton hit list? Perhaps he knew too much.
“Sounds like he could use our prayers.”
He’s dead now.
He had plenty of chances and I’m sure plenty of people praying for him.
Never heard of him but it sounds like he was a real pain in the ass prior to augering in.
I doubt he’s still an atheist...
No atheists in plane crashes
“You have 178 seconds to live.”
Google it. He had no time to reflect.
BTW, why are so many atheists such jerks?
Since there was nothing higher than himself in his atheist world, were his last words before impact..”OH MY GOD!” or “OH MY ME!”
... introduced himself as Rob Sherman, your favorite atheist.
How’d that work out for you at the Pearly Gates, Rob?
Soul Nazi says, “No eternal life for you!”
The Bible says you should not pray to or for the dead.
Praying for the dead is not a biblical concept. Our prayers have no bearing on someone once he or she has died. The reality is that, at the point of death, ones eternal destiny is confirmed. Either he is saved through faith in Christ and is in heaven where he is experiencing rest and joy in Gods presence, or he is in torment in hell. The story of the rich man and Lazarus the beggar provides us with a vivid illustration of this truth. Jesus plainly used this story to teach that after death the unrighteous are eternally separated from God, that they remember their rejection of the gospel, that they are in torment, and that their condition cannot be remedied (Luke 16:19-31).
They are low self esteemed, self hating LOOKITME jerks who feel the need to bully those who’s nature is not to fight back with violence
and usually unattractive to boot
Green Party? Steinincide?
May God have mercy on his soul.
Prayers can certainly be offered after the fact. We are linear, and constrained by time. God is above time. He created it for us, but it doesn’t limit Him. He knows the end from the beginning.
For example, if we pray for this atheist now, God will have known, while the man was still alive, that such prayers would be offered. God heard them before we uttered them [provided we in fact pray]. Any help a believer’s prayer might be for this atheist in his last earthly moments can still be afforded. It only requires us to recognize that God’s omniscience and omnipresence prevent linear time from constraining Him in any way.
As his plane was going down he was praying to....Darwin?
His master might have told him ‘ah, my favorite atheist’, glad to see you...
Flame away, but no one should ever take glee in the eternal loss of a soul.
Oh he gets that just without where we were designed to be. Eternal life without the Lord.
+1, a thousand times.
Anyone with even the remotest concept of what an eternity separated from God, His grace, His mercy, and His willingness to hear our prayers, would be like, can only be sobered by the thought that someone may have—and likely did—squander their last chance to avoid such a fate.
I agree. The only positive note from his demise is that he will no longer be able infect others with atheism.
>>He was convicted of domestic battery after he struck his then-16-year-old son, and later spent a brief time in jail.
I wanted to put the fear of God in him, Mr. Sherman told police.<<
Interesting turn of phrase from an Atheist. No?
It is impossible for me to feel any Christian compassion for this man or make any prayerful supplication to The Almighty for mercy on his behalf. This man caused an untold amount of suffering for others and an enormous waste of taxpayer money in his quest to sterilize U.S. culture of any evidence of a religious foundation. It was all done to stroke his own ego. He was a power-hungry megalomaniac who simply deserves an eternity in Hell. Thanks be to God.
Sounds almost Old Testament in nature.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
“I never knew you.”
Not what you want to hear from the Prosecution.
updated: 12/12/2016 7:30 PM
Atheist, activist and aviator: remembering Rob Sherman
Meyers speculates Sherman could have been flying from Poplar Grove to Schaumburg Airport, where the Experimental Aircraft Association was having its Christmas party Friday evening. Sherman’s wife was at the party, Meyers said.
“I didn’t see him there, and it was unusual for her to be there by herself,” he said. “I assumed he was going to meet her.”
In a 1995 Daily Herald interview, Sherman called life after death “a fantasy.”
“People want to believe there is a life after death,” he said. “They don’t want to believe that when you die, it’s over. One of the more unfortunate aspects about religion is they teach people the party begins after you die. Atheists know that the party is now, and after you die, it’s over. A lot of people waste their life waiting for the party to begin.”
Sherman burst onto the public scene on April 1, 1986, when he challenged Zion’s right to display a Christian cross on a public water tower paid for by tax dollars. A life of activism followed.
His brash style often irritated critics and even supporters. Sherman sometimes referred to Christians as “Constitution-hating Christers,” made jokes about God, used a coin with his likeness and the words “In Rob We Trust,” and sported a “God is make-believe” bumper sticker.
Wauconda, facing Sherman’s threat to sue, removed holiday season lighted crosses from its water towers in 1989, prompting many residents to put lighted crosses on their own property. Palatine and Rolling Meadows removed crosses from their municipal seals. Kane County covered up crosses when it bought a former seminary building.
Sherman sued and lost over an Illinois law that required a moment of silence at the beginning of the school day.
Sherman, who compared himself to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and once referred to himself as “the Jesse Jackson of atheists,” occasionally enlisted his son and daughter in his battles against religious programs in schools and Scouts.
This is a sad thing. I hope, for the sake of his eternal soul, that he prayed the sinner’s prayer. If not, then he is an atheist no more. He KNOWS there is a G*d, and Mr. Sherman is not it.
My sympathy to whomever had the task of separating the pilot from the plane.
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