Back in June, a medical case study became public where a man went swimming five days after receiving a tattoo of a cross on his leg even though he was instructed not to do such a thing. Because of his bad decision, the tattoo became infected by “flesh-eating” bacteria and he eventually died a horrific death.
What’s creepy about the story is the way atheist activist Hemant Mehta felt obliged to exploit his death:
A 31-year-old man who got tattoos of a crucifix and praying hands died in the worst possible way.
He ignored warnings to wait at least two weeks before going swimming and took a dip in the Gulf of Mexico five days after getting inked. That’s when the flesh-eating bacteria came…
Way to protect him, Jesus.
Word to the wise: God won’t protect you from your own idiocy. It’s not like they tattooed his ears and eyes shut. He ignored the rules and paid the ultimate price for it. I’m sure Jesus can relate.
Of course, being the experienced activist, Mehta knows how to throw red meat to his hateful readers and sure enough, many responded with sadistic glee.
On one level, there is nothing surprising about this. Mehta, for example, is the activist who helped coordinate a hateful attack on an orphanage. And his atheist readers have a history of going after 12 year old girls. Thus, we have come to expect such deep-seated hate from Mehta and his horde.
But on a deeper level, even for someone as cynical as I am, it is shocking to watch this hate morph into full blown sadism. Yes, it was a stupid decision to go swimming, especially after being instructed not to. And given the man already had cirrhosis of the liver at age 31, it’s clear he had a history of making poor health-related decisions. But to actually take some form of pleasure in his painful death, to actually use this example to score some silly little culture war mocking point, is a level of hate that I cannot fathom. It shows where activism guided by tribalism can lead.