Atheist Murdered Over Argument About Religion

Mojoey relays the disturbing story:

16-year-old James Doyle was shot in the chest by 14-year-old Daniel Nadler on June 27, 2010. Doyle was an Atheist, Nadler a Christian. They were arguing about religion at the time of the murder. Apparently, Christian + hormonal teen + argument about religion + shotgun = murder, but does not equal a hate crime. The case has been under reported in the press. Plus, it was not an accident.

“The kids were up all night messing around with the gun and then there were some angry words and the victim was shot,” said Indianola Police Chief Steve Bonnett.

The killing was motivated, Bonnett said, but he declined to release specific details: “This wasn’t a case of kids playing with a gun and it accidentally went off.”

Nadler’s motivation should be examined. If he killed Doyle because he was an Atheist, this crime becomes a hate crime and should be handed differently. They way it is going Doyle will walk out of jail when he turns 18. How is that justice?

Mojoey goes on:

A boy was murdered because he was an Atheist. The Christian who murdered him will escape justice. The case is under reported in the press. Please help by contacting the people prosecuting the case:

Judge Richard B. Clogg
Prosecuting attorney: Brian Tingle
You can also help by spreading the word.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Chris


  • krissthesexyatheist

    If it was the other way around the atheist would be up the creek.


  • Buffy

    Kriss is right. If the Christian had been shot religious groups would be calling for blood over “religious persecution”. Instead it’s just more “boys will be boys” and “there’s nothing to see here”. After all, dirty atheists don’t count.

  • Shanna Cross

    How in the hell is this NOT a hate crime? Really? And look WHO had the shotgun…the Xian. This makes me so sick. I am so over being told I’m a bad person for being an Athiest, and not being like them….But look- If I were like them, I’d be murdering non beleivers in their teens.
    Yes, I am so fu**ing over the Xians in this world, and how they are raising their little hellions to “Be like christ” , and they go out and murder an innocent young man. Of course, they will be no justice.

  • SamanthaB

    I agree Kriss and Shanna. I have often encountered this same thing in my life. Christians love to think that they are better than atheists for all kinds of reasons. Ive been called all kinds of names, ‘misguided’, ‘confused’, ‘uneducated’, ‘hell-bound’, ‘ungrateful’, ‘loser’ and ‘immoral’ are some of the mild (and judgmental) terms for a public forum. Lots of times in my own experience people who claim to be believers are even more immoral than myself and many other atheists I know. I have lost friends and jobs and even the majority of my own family and any since of financial or emotional security because of my beliefs (also an atheist).

  • David Wainwright

    The guilt should be borne by a society that allows kids to play with and handle guns , the kids are just the victims of our societies excesses, shame on us all.

  • Michael Diviesti

    These are not the droids you were looking for.

  • PAM


  • e ston

    Not to mention, why were two young teens “messing around” with a shotgun????