New Atheists Harass Orphanage

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma (Christian Examiner) – The Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee, Okla., under fire for politely refusing to accept and publicize a $100 donation from an atheist, has been forced to shut down its Facebook page after hundreds of atheists posted vitriolic and anti-Christian comments on it.

Many of the comments, obscene in nature, cannot be reprinted by Christian Examiner. Others, however, reflect atheist sentiments such as referring to God as “your imaginary friend” and others calling the Christians who refused the donation “hypocrites” and “bigots.”

On Sunday, a fresh search for the Facebook page yielded only a statement that said the content was unavailable.

One member of the Muskogee Atheist Community said:

Am I sorry their Facebook page was shutdown? Not really.

And New Atheists complain that people have negative stereotypes of atheists.

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11 Responses to New Atheists Harass Orphanage

  1. mechanar says:

    I still have troubles understanding what the thought process of this people is “hey everybody lets be Giant dicks to everybody than we will Kickstart a new age of rationality” Do they really think pissing of every person on this planet that dosent follow their exact idea of what religion and faith is, offend every Philosophy besides their own will win them any fans? Than again Fanatics hardly never think rationally.

    I think these people have for a long time now giving up actually trying to change anything and just try to be annoying as possible, like a little child that wants attention.

  2. Doug says:

    And New Atheists complain that people have negative stereotypes of atheists.

    This is just so much Kabuki — New Atheism needs people to have negative stereotypes of atheists. It feeds the narrative. They are the only true victims, of course.

  3. Dhay says:

    > … forced to shut down its Facebook page after hundreds of atheists posted vitriolic and anti-Christian comments …

    Unfriendly Atheist Hemant Mehta’s blog post dated 12 September 2016 and entitled “A Decade After Atheists Were Found to be the Most Disliked Group in the Country, Little Has Changed” reveals much of its content in that title, though he does use “despised” also..

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/09/12/a-decade-after-atheists-were-found-to-be-the-most-disliked-group-in-the-country-little-has-changed/

    What else? Muslims are now disliked a bit worse than atheists, though the data was collected in 2014, with ISIS atrocities regularly splashing the headlines, so no comfort there for atheists in being disliked comparably.

    The researchers give as a possible reason, that “There are no mainstream, cultural expressions or depictions, on television for example, to present atheism to the general public”; with which Mehta disagrees, there’s plenty, adding:

    The problem isn’t just that we lack positive role models; it may be that it’s not enough to counter all the nasty things other people say about us. That said, this is a stigma that continues to haunt us and we’ll have to keep working to get rid of it.

    Ah, for Mehta the problem is “people” saying “nasty” things about atheists; and atheists will have to keep working to get rid of the stigma.

    Problem for Mehta, and for atheists in general, is that there’s “hundreds of atheists [who] posted vitriolic and anti-Christian comments” on the Murrow Home Facebook page; there’s Matt Wilbourn freaking out to the press that the Home declined to advertise a “Muskogee Atheist Community” with Wilbourn as the go-to contact; there’s Gary from that Community with his “Why don’t y’all go fuck yourselves, and I’ll see you in hell, if it’s really there!”

    And there’s Mehta himself, and his blog, working tirelessly to feed the troll-types and to grow the stigma.

    I would reckon the troll-types are a minority of atheists — in their anti-theism they probably count as New Atheists rather than ordinary atheists — with plenty of quite reasonable atheists out there; I used to be one such; but Mehta and co seem to be bent on promoting the negative stereotype — the negative stereotype of Christianity, and the negative stereotype of atheism.

  4. J. McHue says:

    Yep. That’s their plan. Step 1: Act like jerks. Step 2: Get called out for being jerks. Step 3: Play the victim and whine about how awful the people who called you out are.

  5. toddes says:

    Why do atheists hate orphans?

  6. Dhay says:

    toddes > Why do atheists hate orphans?

    In Britain, orphaned children are fostered temporarily until permanent adoption; care homes for children are nowadays for troubled or troublesome children; I imagine it will be the same in the USA. So are the Murrow Home children orphans?

    MUSKOGEE, Okla. – For more than 100 years, the Murrow Indian Children’s Home has provided a safe, home environment for Native American children from Oklahoma tribes.

    Through contracts with tribal and state governments Native children are placed there who either orphaned or are deprived of normal family care for various reasons.

    http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Article/index/8288

    H/T Billy Squibs that:

    … they help to protect and nurture disadvantaged children who have suffered abuse or neglect.

    https://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/still-no-evidence-the-muskogee-atheist-community-exists/#comment-14531

    So probably few actual orphans at the Home.

    As regards your charge that atheists hate orphans, you seem to be the only responder here who supposes that; I judge most or all others here would ascribe rather different motives to the Wilbourns, to the Unfriendly Atheist and to atheists in general — indeed, even to the most virulently anti-theist New Atheists.

  7. Kevin says:

    I wouldn’t say they “hate orphans”, but the case could be made that they were completely indifferent to any negative fallout that might have impacted the kids at the home. Their goals of appearing like poor little victims and smearing a religious target were more important than considerations for any children.

  8. toddes says:

    Add. /sarc

  9. TFBW says:

    I thought it was funny, toddes.

  10. J. McHue says:

    Yeah, I got toddes’ sarcasm with that question, too.

  11. J. McHue says:

    Kevin, I also believe that’s absolutely true. One way or the other, either through a successful donation and being acknowledged for it or having the donation rejected and raising a stink about it (the latter being what happened), the atheists only cared about making a name for themselves. It was never truly about them helping children, because if it were, they would have ultimately gotten the money to the Home somehow without needing to be recognized for it. Ultimately, it all comes down to what Jesus taught about giving:

    “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

    This atheist, as well as his eventual backers, wanted their giving to be seen and proclaimed for their own recognition and not to benefit the Home.

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