More death threats from religious folks
Yesterday Blair Scott, communications director for American Atheists, was on the FOX News show America Live with Megyn Kelly. You can see the show here; sadly, I can’t watch it in Russia.
As soon as Scott returned home after the show, his inbox began filling up with hate mail and threats. Equally distressing, the Fox News Facebook page was soon inundated with death threats aimed at Scott and atheists in general, comments that are being taken down rapidly (see the report by William Hamby in the Atlanta Examiner).
The American Atheists web page has put up some screenshots of those comments posted on the Fox FB site. Here are the words of some loving Christians, with their real names...
[Coyne has a screenshot of some of the threats]
So much for the beneficence and love of the faithful! And all for the crime of not sharing their superstitions! Now I’m not saying that these areserious threats, presaging murder, but I bet if these folks were given guns, and the law were suspended for one day . . .
Death threats are morally despicable criminal acts. People who make them are not Christians, by definition. They may attend church, take communion, etc, but if you threaten to kill people, you are not in communion with Christ and you are no Christian. My hope is:
1) The people who made these threats never act on them, nor make them again.
2) They seek forgiveness and penance for this mortal sin.
That said, one needs to approach Scott's claim with caution. There is no independent evidence that any of these emails are from Christians, or are even genuine. There is nothing here that would be called evidence of any probative sort. American Atheists has a history of deceit and criminality. We are asked to take Mr. Scott on his word.
Coyne, as is his wont, makes an assertion so bizarre that you have to wonder if he was sober when he made it:
Perhaps some atheists have issued death threats against religious people, but I don’t know of any, and, at any rate, they must be much rarer than those aimed in the opposite direction.
Well, Jerry, here is richly detailed scholarly documentation of atheist
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