Atheist Flooded With Death Threats After FOX News Appearance

Andrew Sullivan reports:

Blair Scott, a spokesman for the American Atheists, Inc., was subjected to over 8,000 death threats and other violent rhetoric after appearing on Fox News. Some examples:


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  • Lisa Rosati

    The above comments display perfectly how the followers of the “God of Love” deal with Atheists- or anyone-who thinks differently from them. Congratulations to all for being the ideal spokespersons for Jesus and the rest of the Biblical cast of characters. Please climb back into your straightjackets now. Your Thorazine dosages will be arriving shortly.

  • Mike Holcomb

    Just another day at the office. Unfortunately.

  • Joseph Stanton

    In fact the so-called “Christians” who has a loving god, who sent his son to lead the way, have learned nothing from the “Word of God – The Bible”? I do remember Jesus Christ saying something like “If a person hits you on one cheek show him the other cheek” stuff? Isn’t killing a fellow man considered as a sin in the bible? Where is did the teachings of your “Jesus” go? Why the hell would you preach something that you yourself don’t practice it? You all are a waste of oxygen because we don’t go around telling others to kill someone just because they don’t share our thoughts. You guys have no right to suppress something or someone or someone’s ideology just because you think it is wrong. Seriously, I guess almost every christian needs a shrink.

  • Joseph Stanton

    who have a loving god.. Typo :S

  • James Sweet

    This is probably a minority of Christians who are like this. A significant minority, mind you, not just some extreme fringe, but probably a minority nonetheless.

    As to this not being inline with Jesus’ turn-the-other-cheek, man, that’s just for starters. I’m still baffled how these Prosperity Gospel people manage to avoid thinking about that whole thing about the camel and the eye of a needle. The Christian Religious Right in America holds pretty much the exact opposite philosophy as Jesus.

    (Please note I am not one of these “Jesus was a great philosopher” atheists. Legitimate doubts about the historicity of Jesus aside, even the Jesus character in the gospels is a clear douchebag a lot of the time. Look no further than the story of the fig tree. Quick summary: Jesus sees a fig tree in the distance and decides he’s hungry. He gets there and there’s no fruit, so he’s all like, “What the fuck, fig tree?!?” And his apostles are like, “Uh, Jesus? Figs are out of season, yo.” So Jesus gets all pissed and he goes, “Ain’t no fucking fig tree gonna mess with THE JESUS,” and he curses the fig tree so that it will die and nothing will ever grow there again. WTF?!?!??)