No more than Republicans own the American flag.
And this is something that annoys me about the post-9-11 New Atheists: they are happy to cede biblical interpretation to fundamentalists. It is as if, in Japan and China, there was a popular fundamentalist and literalist interpretation of Buddhism that dominated popular culture, and made the heaven and hell realms literal. Would we then throw Zen out the window and grant that, say, Bodhidarma has nothing to teach us?
Of course not. I think that atheists, agnostics, and secularists should acknowledge the role that both the Bible and the Greek pagan traditions bring to Western culture, and then own them in a sensible way, insisting that characters like Jesus and Moses don’t belong to fundamentalists: they belong to us. We own them as well. They are part of the contingent history that made us, our secular hopes, and our democracy. The story of Jonah is my story. The Sermon on the Mount has something for me, and Jonah and Jesus, were they alive today, would be on our side, not the side of the fundamentalist authoritarians. Here’s a nonfundamentalist, Martin Luther King, channeling Moses: