Alabama Atheist Gets Death Threats

In yet another example of the patterns I discuss in my forthcoming book, an atheist in Alabama who spoke out against putting an “In God We Trust” display on public property has been inundated with hate mail and death threats. Because that’s exactly what Jesus would do, don’t you think?

Here are just a few of the messages that were directed at Scott on Facebook via comment threads or even to her personal inbox, provided to

  • “Shoot her for treason.”
  • “Go jump off a bridge.”
  • “I believe in God. ‘In God We Trust’ should not be an issue. I bet that if she was [sic] fixing to be raped or murdered she would be asking God to save her.”
  • “Get a rope.”
  • “I think this lady is just trying to get some attention, because no guy wants to go out with her.”
  • “Saw her on the news, she’s just mad because one of the seven deadly sins is gluttony.”
  • “If you don’t believe in God, how can God or the word God offend you? I wish people like this would walk into traffic.”
  • “What’s her motto, in McDonalds we trust?”
  • “She can take a flying leap off Canal Bridge.”
  • “Dump her off at the Iraq border, tell her she’s home hit the road.”
  • “Whatever happened to stoning people in the city square?”
  • “What do I think? I think she will burn in Hell when her time comes.”

None of this is the least bit surprising, of course. It is standard operation procedure whenever anyone speaks out against Christian privilege.

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  • John Pieret

    Now all they need is a fire to dance around and a bunch of drums to beat on and they can really do their tribal thing.

  • TCC

    The usual threats, plus a little bit of misogyny and fatphobia thrown in for good measure. What scumbags.

  • alanb

    I can understand why these people are upset. If a dentist in Alabama refuses to acknowledge God, that may piss off God enough to send a tornado to Oklahoma. However, the people that they should really be concerned about are the atheists in Kansas because they cause hurricanes in the Gulf.

  • blf

    Boring. Threats of fictional torments and what seems to be personal insults, with a few possibly-criminal threats added in for concern. Where’s the creative feckwittery?

     ●  “Madam, Thoust ideas are but the tinesy speck of dust on gnat, invisible to all whom reason, seen only by the mad and rabid, and false even in fairyland.”

     ●  “Madam, Whilst you may not trust a faerie, I has seen them with mine own eyes, herd them with mine own ears, and knowst that they are real, and kind, and have lousy aim, not wanting to hurt you or any of our plague-bearing kin.”

     ●  “Madam, I shall inform you of three truths: You’re wrong, I’m right, and Teh Proof is Why We So Trust.”

  • Michael Heath

    Let’s be clear, one of these comment posts is both:

    a) the most evil declaration presented here (for those who celebrate the Christian god) and,

    b) the one shared by all biblical inerrantists. And that’s this one:

    What do I think? I think she will burn in Hell when her time comes.

    So as hateful, idiotic, delusional, ignorant, and in some cases evil many of these posters are; they all pale in comparison, infinitely so, with those people who celebrate a god who they think will cause unimaginable suffering against some – for all eternity.

  • Rus

    Ed, tell us more about the book you’re working on.

  • blf

    That was actually supposed to beyour plague-bearing kin” but it rather works as typoed…

  • petemoulton

    There’s just no hatred like xian ‘love’.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Any news of moderate Christians calling on the hatemongers to quieten down? I’m guessing none yet.

  • Alverant

    When are the cops going to start arresting those who make threats of actual violence?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @ ^ Alverant : Wish I knew. Why don’t they?

  • dingojack

    blf – your second point in #4 reminded me of:

    The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was. “


  • rationalinks

    @3 alanb – I can create hurricanes in the gulf…sweet?! You all are so screwed….muahahahaha… me, sorry about that.

  • blf

    Dingo@12, I neither recognize nor recall that. Who / What is it from?

  • busterggi

    If believers had to pass a test on their knowlege of the bible and their own supposed theology before they spoke/tweeted/etc there would be nary a peep from them.

  • bushrat

    SHOOT HER FOR TREASON…Jesus loves you.

  • Modusoperandi


  • freehand

    blf says: Dingo@12, I neither recognize nor recall that. Who / What is it from?


    Why, that’s Bottom, a simple but most sincere ass.


    (Pssst – “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”)