This is one of the posts that has been deleted from FOX’s Facebook page. Mike Holeschek has clearly voiced his opinion of the American Atheists’ opposition to the inclusion of a cross — and ONLY a cross — in the WTC Memorial Museum.
Many more Christians are posting equally vicious and hateful comments on the FOX News FB Page. Though they’re being taken down almost as fast as they’re being put up, they are being saved for posterity by friends of American Atheists who have quick trigger fingers for the “Screenshot” button.
Thanks, Paul Altum. Thanks for showing me that your religion is a religion of love and peace. Thanks for helping me see the light, and bringing me out of my darkness with patient emulation of Christ.
This brings up an interesting point. In a week or two, that Facebook page will be clean swept of any threats or incitements to violence. If anyone goes back to read it, they’ll see Christians and atheists arguing — not always politely, but without threats. The words on the page will be gone. But for me and my fellow atheists, they will live on as long as we live.
I’m glad you can’t, Joe Martinez. But thanks for making me live in fear that one of your less restrained Christian brothers will have a moment of weakness and put a spray of buck shot into my skull in the name of Jesus. You’re a real humanitarian.
Every day, we have to live with the knowledge that there really are people who wish we were dead. They hate us. They think we are evil hellspawns deserving of nothing better than crucifixion, torture, and death. This is what it’s like to be an atheist. Either isolate yourself from Christians or subject yourself to this kind of abuse.
What’s worse, we have to spend hours defending ourselves to the “Good Christians” who would never do that kind of thing, and think we’re awful people for trying to paint Christians with such a broad brush. How dare we call attention to the hateful Christians! How dare we suggest that we’re a hated minority and that Christians are responsible? The gall of it all!
Who should shoot me, Joseph? Are you going to do it for Jesus? Or do you mean someone else? This is what lawyers refer to as incitement. In some cases, this kind of language can get you thrown in prison. But thanks, Joseph, for having the love of Jesus in your heart. Thanks for putting your name out there with no fear. You’re taking one for the team to further the will of Christ. And I admire you for it.
The thing is, day in and day out, we see the hate. We get it in our inboxes. We get it on Facebook. We feel the icy stares when we have the temerity to wear an atheist shirt in public. And then we get shouted down when we wonder aloud why all the supposedly “loving Christians” aren’t standing beside us against those who they claim are “Not really True Christians.”
Well I’m wondering aloud. WHERE ARE YOU? If there are so many good Christians out there who think we atheists are decent people and that we deserve equal treatment under the law, where are you? Why aren’t you helping?
You’re a real Crusader for Christ, there, Casey M Jones. No… I mean it… Your attitude is just like that of the Crusaders. Those Christian zealots who killed thousands and thousands of non-Christians to purge the earth of their filthy beliefs. I’m sure to have a change of heart any minute now and present myself for dunking at the nearest church. Way to go.
If there are so many of you who believe in separation of church and state, where are you? Why aren’t you outvoting that tiny little minority of Christians who are misinterpreting God’s word?
Why is it that all we ever see is the hate?
Yep. Nineteen people thought this was a good idea. Crucify us in a public square. That’ll teach us how much you love us!
To put it another way, there are really only two possibilities. Either most Christians really are hateful and vicious towards atheists, or most Christians are silent when they should be shouting at the top of their lungs, denouncing these evil people and voting with their feet against anything that would further divide this country.
Here’s an easy experiment. Off the top of your head, name five famous Christian leaders who are at the forefront of the battle to keep church and state separate and preserve rights for all Americans, Christian or not.
If you can’t do it… it might be time to rethink the old adage that “most Christians are tolerant, accepting, and loving.”
Thanks, Richard Silvia. It’s good to know you’re ready to kill for your lord and savior. (And people wonder why we atheists think we’re hated and persecuted!)
Thanks, Raylene Ingmire. I’m sure your junior high students are learning a lot about love and compassion from your good Christian example.