This girl makes me smile.
And the responses to her post make me homicidal...
I should mention that these are what it devolved into after discussing how they'd like to fuck her and then realizing she's 15..
This is not a socially awkward invite to coffee. These are invitations of rape to a young girl, who I can only hope doesn't judge the entire movement by the idiots on reddit. Though I can't say I blame her if she does.
If you give two shits about the movement and the advancement of reason, the first thoughts when a kid posts a pic of the amazing book she got should be of how awesome this kid is for reading Carl Sagan and how the future looks brighter because of kids like her. And not how you'd rape her given the chance.
Nothing about her post warranted such a response. She was not being moronic, she was not posting pics of her tits and then asking you not to sexualize her. Her post should have generated nothing but positive replies from any serious activists. I can only assume that these idiot commenters were either A. Idiots. B. Inbred hillbillies reminiscent of the character in the book I almost finished but didn't because it was just too bleak ("Child of God" by Cormac McCarthy).
Being offensive towards something deserving of ridicule is one thing... directly threatening violence and rape to a minor is an entirely different story that deserves so much more than people blogging vehemently about it.
We stand with those whom we frequently disagree with, who pointed this out for what it is.... disgusting.
To the decent atheists that are reading this:
I am a woman that has attended several atheist conferences as an attendee and as a speaker on a panel... and I have never had an uncomfortable experience(other than a hangover) at one of these events. I strongly advise not letting a few idiots, masked by the anonymity of reddit, dissuade you from attending. I should also note that the gender ratio in the group I attend is pretty even... so don't assume it will be a sausage fest at any event just because some of the popular bloggers' groups are.
Enjoy the book... It's my third favorite book on the planet! A wonderful guide for fighting off charlatans and putting an end to hokum.