Last night, an atheist in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was attacked and robbed by some guys who objected to an inflammatory phrase that was on the back of his car. According to police reports:
The victim told police he was getting out of his car in the parking lot of the Crabtree Gym in Myrtle Beach about 8 p.m. when the men pulled up beside him and inquired about a derogatory statement on the back windshield of his car…
The victim told police he wrote the statement as a “rebellious act against the National Day of Prayer,” the report states.
As they argued over the comment, the atheist was robbed, his wallet stolen.
I’m hard-pressed to think of any phrase/bumper-sticker that would condone such an attack.
Still, I wonder what the phrase was…
The statement on the vehicle was “Fuck the skull of Jesus.” This case is being prosecuted as a hate crime.
Here’s an excerpt from the police report describing the incident:
UPON SPEAKING WITH THE VICTIM, HE STATED HE PULLED INTO THE PARKING LOT OF THE GYM, AND AS HE GOT OUT OF THE CAR, A CAR WITH SEVERAL SUBJECTS INSIDE STOPPED HIM AND ASKED WHY HE HAD A STATEMENT WRITTEN ON THE BACK GLASS OF HIS FORD EXPLORER. THE STATEMENT IN QUESTION WAS “FUCK THE SKULL OF JESUS”, THE VICTIM WIPED IT OFF OF THE WINDOW AFTER THE ALTERCATION. VICTIM STATED HE TOLD THE SUBJECT THAT IT WAS HIS CAR AND HE COULD WRITE IT ON THERE IF HE WANTED, VICTIM THEN BEGAN WALKING TOWARDS THE FRONT DOOR OF THE GYM. VICTIM THEN STATED HE WAS THEN SHOVED FROM BEHIND TO THE GROUND BY A BLACK MALE, POSSIBLY A TEENAGER SIXTEEN TO TWENTY YEARS OF AGE, WEARING A WHITE T-SHIRT, WITH SHORT BLACK HAIR, AND WAS SKINNY. ONCE ON THE GROUND THE VICTIM STATED THE SUSPECT FIRST PUNCHED HIM IN HIS RIGHT EYE THEN KICKED HIM SEVERAL TIMES IN THE RIGHT SIDE NEAR THE RIB CAGE. VICTIM ALSO STATED HE WAS UNSURE OF HOW MANY TIMES HE WAS STRUCK. THE STRIKE TO THE RIGHT EYE OF THE VICTIM CAUSED A LACERATION BELOW HIS EYE, THAT DID REQUIRE STITCHES. DURING THE ALTERCATION THE SUSPECT STOLE THE VICTIM’S WALLET WHICH CONTAINED HIS SOUTH CAROLINA DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, AND ONE DEBIT CARD FROM WACHOVIA. THE WALLET WAS A TRIFOLD, BLACK IN COLOR NAUTICA WALLET.
VICTIM STATED HE WROTE THE PHRASE “FUCK THE SKULL OF JESUS” AS A REBELLIOUS ACT AGAINST THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. HE ALSO STATED HE CONSIDERED HIMSELF TO BE AN ATHEIST/ AGNNOSTIC.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Crabtree Gym, National Day of Prayer[/tags]