Activist Atheists Display Their Level of Commitment to The Evidence

When it comes to the origin of the nasty napkin that was allegedly left with an anonymous waitress, I noted there are three possible explanations.

  1. It was written by the waitress herself or someone she knows.
  2. It was written by the customers, who were hoaxers, not Christians.
  3. It was written by Christian customers.

I also noted there is no evidence to indicate any of these three was more likely to be true than the others.  Nevertheless, activist Hemant Mehta insisted the note was written by Christian customers.  So while the atheist activists sell themselves as people who champion reason and evidence, the truth, as we can see from this example, is that lots and lots of atheists jump to conclusions and cling to beliefs without the slightest regard for the evidence.  Such hypocrisy.

When you survey the 500 or so comments on Mehta’s blog posting, you will find the vast majority buy into his narrative,  hook, line, and sinker.  It’s like, “Presto!  Instant Belief.” What’s even more striking is the teeny tiny minority of comments that are skeptical.  They are immediately met with hostility from those who want to believe and keep the precious narrative alive.  Let’s look at some examples.

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More Atheist Rage

The internet atheists have worked themselves into a froth again.  On Oct 18, activist Hemant Mehta posted a blog entry entitled, ” Waitress in SC Receives “Tip” from Christians Telling Her a “Woman’s Place Is In the Home” and it received almost 500 comments worth of atheo-rage.   What set them off this week?  Let’s read Hemant’s words:

A waitress from South Carolina received a “tip” from Christian customers who told her (via napkin) that she should remain in the home like a good biblical woman, calling her work a “disgrace,” and saying she’s the reason her husband surely cheats on her.

They had no problem accepting her service while they sat in the restaurant, but they felt it was their job to treat her like dirt afterwards, despite knowing nothing about her life. Thanks, Jesus. (And Donald Trump, apparently, given the “make America great again” reference.)


This only happens with people who think sharing Jesus with their servers is what they need the most — instead of leaving a tip, which would help them much more. How awful.

Here’s the napkin:

Hmmm.  I don’t have the time at the moment, but this all deserves a closer look.

For starters, we can note one simple fact.

Despite Mehta’s narrative, there is no evidence this note was written by “Christian customers.”   Yes, I know the raging atheists want to believe it.  But those of us who value critical thinking and understand how evidence works have to step up and note the lack of evidence.

There are three possible explanations for the origin of the note.

  1. It was written by the waitress herself or someone she knows.
  2. It was written by the customers, who were hoaxers, not Christians.
  3. It was written by Christian customers.

There is no evidence that indicates #3 is the correct explanation.

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Atheist Activists Spin Out of Control

The “Friendly” Atheist is an angry atheist, apparently “pissed off” by the fact that the Murrow Indian Children’s Home, an orphanage, exceeded its fundraising goals this year despite the intense, smear campaign the internet atheist community launched.

Mehta, a career activist, furiously spins this news.  He begins as follows:

Remember the Murrow Indian Children’s Home?

That’s the Christian charity from Oklahoma that rejected Matt Wilbourn‘s donation of $100 on behalf of the Muskogee Atheist Community (which he and his wife Keli co-founded) — and then later rejected the $25,667.80 he raised for them online — all because the religious leaders said accepting money from atheists would “go against everything they believe in.”

Wrong.  There is no evidence that any “religious leaders” said “accepting money from atheists would go against everything they believe in.”

Lets deal in reality, shall we?

If you listen to the podcast where the Talking Atheist interviews Matt Wilbourn, you will get Wilbourn’s side of the story.  And in it, you will discover that Matt Wilbourn did not talk to any “religious leaders.”  He talked only to the “young lady” that came into his workplace that morning who then called him back an hour after he left.

It is the “young lady” who said (according to Matt’s account) that it “goes against everything we believe in.”  It was the “young lady” who described herself as the “middleman.”

Since this “young lady” is not a religious leader, and is the only one who allegedly told this to Matt, it is simply false that “religious leaders said accepting money from atheists would go against everything they believe in.”

What’s more, it is significant that Matt describes her as a “young lady.”  He himself is fairly young, so for him to describe her as a “young lady” means she was probably around the age of someone who might attend college.  Given the home relies heavily on volunteers, it is quite possible  the “young lady” was a college-student doing some summer intern or volunteer work.  As such, “goes against everything we believe in” is probably nothing more than the awkward wording of some 19-year-old volunteer who walked into an awkward position.  Yet Mehta has spun it to be some official pronouncement of “religious leaders.” Tsk, tsk.

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It Ends Well For Orphanage Attacked by Atheists

From here:

By all accounts, the fifth annual fundraising powwow to benefit American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)-supported Murrow Indian Children’s Home, Muskogee, Okla., was a huge success. The event was held on a recent Saturday on the grounds of neighboring Bacone College, Muskogee.

Approximately 275 attendees of all ages enjoyed a silent auction, live auction, raffle and cake walk as well as Native American foods and dancing.

“People like the raffle items,” quips Betty Martin, Murrow’s executive director. “They like purchasing tickets, trying to outbid each other.”

And the numbers don’t lie. According to Martin, the event drew approximately 92 volunteers, compared to 30 or so in past years. Likewise, a record-setting number of vendors—19—featured everything from information to intricate Native American beadwork, pottery and other art. During the live auction, a beaded buffalo skull garnered $300—$200 more than last year. In all, the event raised approximately $40,000—a $10,000 increase from last year.


Perhaps no surprise to people of great faith, victory prevailed despite the threat of danger posed by a local atheist group and its sympathizers. Targeted by nasty telephone calls and Facebook posts, Murrow staff and supporters pondered whether their peaceful event would be disrupted.

In fact, negative publicity generated by the atheist group appears only to have bolstered recognition and support for Murrow. Many Muskogee residents had not realized that Murrow Indian Children’s Home is a separate entity from Bacone, according to Ben Sullivan, ABHMS Southern Plains/Northeast coordinator, Native American Ministries, and a Murrow board member, who helped with the powwow.

“More people know about Murrow now that had never even heard of them. Because of this, several local businesses pledged sponsorship for the powwow,” Sullivan says.

I figured this would upset the “Friendly” Atheist and sure enough, he is infuriated in his Oct 14 blog entry entitled, “Oklahoma Christian Charity That Rejected Atheist’s Money Receives Windfall After Controversy.”  The activist spins furiously in his infuriated state.  We’ll have to look at that next time around.

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More on the Authoritarian Nature of New Atheism

We have further evidence of the authoritarian nature of modern day atheism.   Here’s a video of a semi-popular 17-year-old Gnu sharing the wisdom of a 17-year-old Gnu.  What does this new generation of Gnus have in store for us?

At 4:51, he spells out his ideology on parenting and religion:

I think the most important thing a parent can be in terms of religion and the upbringing of a child is secular.  I don’t really care what you believe, as long as you let the children come to their own conclusions when they’re old enough.

So even if you are a Christian, you are supposed to raise your child as an atheist  (keeping in mind that we are told atheism is simply a lack of God belief which, in turn, is simply secularism).  He doesn’t care if you are a Christian as long as you don’t share it with your children.   Of course, Cosmic Skeptic is not alone.

A couple months ago, a Gnu named Travis was making essentially the same point:

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Is the Muskogee Atheist Community Slipping Away into the Memory Hole?

Remember when the internet atheist community, led by “friendly” atheist activist Hemant Mehta, decided to target and harass an orphanage?  Recall that the harassment was done in the name of The Muskogee Atheist Community.   At the time, I pointed out there was no evidence such a community existed. 

Keli Wilbourn showed up to inform us:

Lol! Our MAC page is a secret Facebook group in fact. For obvious reasons…We are working on a Web page. It is still under construction. We have a twitter. @MuskogeeAC if you were wondering…just fyi.

Well, over 6 weeks have passed since Wilborn’s comment.  How’s that web page coming along?

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Donald Trump’s Atheism May Have Contributed to His Campaign’s Implosion

I think it is pretty clear that as of now, Donald Trump’s campaign is imploding and he is on a pathway to a crushing defeat.  I also think that his atheism could very well have contributed to his implosion. How could that be?

Trump, as an atheist, is simply someone who does not have any belief in God.  As he has said, even when it comes to issues of morality, and deciding what is right and wrong,, “I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

What you have with Trump is someone who is deeply and thoroughly secular. He is a modern, secular man.  As such, he does not live his life around transcendent principles rooted in a reality larger than himself or even humanity.  He lives entirely in the self-focused atheisitic “here and now.”  And what that means is that his values are not guided by deeply held moral principles but instead revolve around unconstrained hunger – the hunger for power and money, along with the hunger for sex.

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Is Donald Trump an Atheist?

Recall that we are told an atheist is someone who simply lacks belief in God.

From back in the summer:

With this in mind, moderator Frank Luntz asked Donald Trump on Saturday, “Have you ever asked God for forgiveness?” The question elicited some laughter from the audience, though the Republican candidate seemed to take the matter seriously.
“I’m not sure I have,” Trump said. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
He quickly added in garbled syntax, “We I take, when we go, and church and when I drink my little wine – which is about the only wine I drink – and have my little cracker, I guess that’s a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that as often as possible because I feel cleansed, OK? But, you know, to me that’s important, I do that, but in terms of officially, I could say, ‘Absolutely!’ and everybody, I don’t think in terms of that. I think in terms of, let’s go on and let’s make it right.”
But given the setting and the audience, it’s rather extraordinary that Trump didn’t seem to have the foggiest idea how to even pretend to talk about matters of faith.
It’s not that Trump’s comments were emblematic of hostility towards religion, but rather, he reflected a degree of indifference.
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Looks Like Yet Another Atheist Conference is Cancelled

According to atheist activist Seth Andrews:

If you’ve purchased tickets for the Detroit conference weekend October 28-30:
Melissa Pugh, one of the speakers close to the event, has informed me that Great Lakes Reasonfest 2016 isn’t going to happen. Alarmingly, I had to get this information from Pugh, as no official word from GLR has come.

The site and social media pages have been dormant. No arrangements have been made for speaker travel/hotel. And I’ve been personally unsuccessful in making contact with GLR’s people.

It’s confusing, because GLR’s website (and ticket sales page) is still up, giving the impression that there’s a Detroit event to be attended.


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Atheist Thunderfoot Excoriates Richard Carrier

Since the topic is Richard Carrier, the video content is NSFW:

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