Atheist Brigade

Brooke Gladstone of NPR talks about the “Atheist Brigade” that is becoming more vocal. You can listen to the story here.

One part of the story talks about the ludicrous saying “There are no atheists in foxholes.” A soundbyte with that quotation was played– spoken by NPR reporter John Burnett. Burnett is asked about why he used the line– he didn’t realize it was offensive, he says. He adds “they spammed me for weeks,” referring to the numerous complaints from atheists.

Did the complaints make him think twice about the phrase?

Burnett responds: “Frankly, I will think twice before I use it again.”

Think twice? Don’t think twice. Think once. Realize it’s ignorant to say the lie. Then stop saying it.

To their credit, they do get some good quotations from atheists Sam Harris, Ellen Johnson, Gregory House, M.D., and Jen from Dawson’s Creek

[tags]Brooke Gladstone, NPR, Atheist Brigade, There are no atheists in foxholes, John Burnett, atheism, Sam Harris, Ellen Johnson, Gregory House, Dawson’s Creek[/tags]

  • Todd

    May the peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you this Advent season.

  • txatheist

    As a veteran and atheist all I have to say is I am living proof that there is such a thing as an atheist in a foxhole. Well actually an atheist in a rescue swimmer utility helicopter but you get the drift :)

  • Jennifer

    Jen from Dawson’s Creek.

    But that was awesome. What a great piece. I love how the anchor speaks about House and points out that he actually beat god.

  • FriendlyAtheist

    Jennifer– My bad. Correction is made in the posting. Thanks!
    – Hemant