(Updates: Police are investigating, we respond to Christian questions, and a little advice to "true" Christians.)
Can we go ahead and award the most influential atheist of 2012?
All the vitriol these Christians can spew could never be enough to diminish the heroic actions of 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist. Her courage is contagious. She stood up against her school and her community to fight for our rights, won her lawsuit and the admiration of many. But she's also endured an enormous amount of hatred/bullying, and has done so with poise and bravery. I've seen a lot of this kind of bullying when issues of church/state are called out, but these comments are some of the most hateful I've come across.
It is apparent that Christians only believe in tolerance so long as their religion is allowed to violate the constitution.
Well, I've grown tired of just being tolerated and I will not be tolerating the stomach-churning hatred that's continuously espoused by those doing the "tolerating."
These are those comments... some of them anyway.. I hope you're reading them on an empty stomach.
(If you haven't been following Jessica's story, Hemant over at Friendly Atheist has got all the details.)
When will you stop saying this is shocking? It isn't anymore.
When will you stop saying this is rare? It isn't.
When do you think we need to start taking these kind of people seriously?
Hopefully when they're aiming their violence and hatred at a 16 year old. This happens every time someone does something amazing to further our cause. Christians show their "love" all over facebook, twitter, and comments sections of news sites.
We always capture them... Practical Doubt always captures them... and they still get to use the same defense.
"People like this are few and far between."
"These are fake, I don't think they would make their profile private just because they threatened someone."
"These are atheists making fake accounts and trying to make Christians look bad, they're even faking the horrible grammar."
Atheists: Spread these around! I know a lot of you have WAAAAY more popular blogs than we do so download the pics and share them. You don't have to link us, although a bump would be nice. ;)
Christians, if you're reading this... before you muster up the nerve to leave a comment here.. please read one little thing real quick. No true Scotsman.
(Disclaimer: We've left the names visible so that they can be reported. We are NOT advocating retaliation.)