As many of us know, a favorite tactic of the atheist blogosphere is to cherry pick stories that put religion, or religious people, in a bad light. A constant, steady stream of such stories helps them to maintain and propagate their negative stereotypes. With that in mind, it would not be hard to balance out their approach by looking for stories about atheists or secularists that don’t get much attention from the atheists. So, in the name of balance, I offer you some stories of atheists behaving badly from just the last couple of months of 2013. After all, with all the hate that exudes from the atheist blogosphere, it was only a matter of time before some it started to work its way into the real world.
Atheists and Christmas
Some atheist (or atheists) decided to harass a family because of their Christmas displays:
A Newton family received a note from their “neighbors” criticizing their Christmas decorations. The “neighbors” who sent the letter wanted to point out that the entire neighborhood is not Christian and may not want to look at their decor, especially given that it is “cheap, tacky and kitschy.”
The note stated that the “neighbors” have held their tongue in the past, but felt it was important to make their concerns known this year. Because “not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian” they believe that people do not want to “see such a flagrant display” of Christian beliefs.
The “neighbors” conclude the letter by telling the family that they are free to worship and celebrate however they’d like and they are even “free to have bad taste” but they ask the family to do those things in the privacy of their own home.
We all know that atheists love their anti-religious signs. Well, some atheists decided to trespass on someone else’s private property in order to spread their memes:
‘Twas just six days before Christmas — and someone planted anti-religious signs on the front lawn of a man of faith.
“This is the one that was on the big sign out front,” said homeowner Chris Cox, showing KCRA 3 a poster that reads, “Question everything – even your god and your bible.”
Cox found the message on his front lawn Thursday morning, sitting right in front of his religious sign proclaiming, “Unto you is born this day, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.”
Cox has been displaying his sign faithfully for 20 years without incident.
“It’s interesting how people (preach) tolerance but they don’t practice it,” Cox told KCRA 3.
Someone also propped up anti-religious signage in the park, right across the street from Cox’s Sacramento home.
PZ Myers has joked about punching religious people in the face. It looks like another atheist did more than just joke about it:
Police Chief Jarrod Campbell said in his eleven years with the department, he’s rarely seen “an incident this brutal.” Campbell is referring to Sunday’s brutal assault on a pastor by a self-described militant atheist with a criminal past.
The suspect, 28-year-old James Maxie, of Springfield, Ohio, was attending the service with his girlfriend. According to Rev. Hayes, Maxie was vocally confrontational during the service as if “looking for an argument.” After the service the couple approached Hayes. She told police that when Hayes asked if Maxie was abusing her, Maxie attacked him, striking him several times in the face in the church hallway.
“I questioned his girlfriend in his presence if she felt safe,” Hayes said. “He was very, very upset that I’d even suggest that he would hurt her. Then he turned around and hurt me very badly.”
Luckily, this did not make it into the real world, but deserves note for because it is the creepiest story. It looks like creationist Ken Ham was the subject of some atheist “satire”. The atheist wrote on his blog:
And being such, I’ve decided that for my Christmas dinner I will capture and cook alive, slowly, Ken Ham himself. I’ve a lovely place in a secluded wood all picked out with a human size iron pot of oil just waiting for me to plop Mr. Ham into and bring slowly to a boil. There’s no need for me to gag him either because we’ll be SO secluded, no one will be able to hear even his loudest yelps of pain. Man, this is gonna be a great Christmas. I’m glad Mr. Ham took the time to remind me of how evil and nasty I am just because I don’t believe in his god. He took away any last twinge of morality in me that might’ve said, “It’s wrong to boil people alive in oil and eat them, so don’t.” Oh well, he has no one to blame but himself for becoming my Christmas dinner! Hee Haw! How’s that for imposing my a-theism on you, eh, Mr. Ham?
All reason. All evidence. All the time.
Yeah, right. The unifying them behind all of this atheist activity is the same theme that unifies the atheist blogosphere – hate.