(You can assume this won’t end well.)
Among other things, Voorhees was mad that the University of Nebraska – Omaha was hosting the event — how dare taxpayer money support this event?!
But then it got worse.
The host invited Luke Hoffman, the former president of the UNO Secular Student Alliance, to speak with him about “militant atheism.” Luke tried to explain why that phrase was a misnomer, but the host kept interrupting, making accusations about how PZ Myers damaged a communion wafer and that’s the worst thing ever. (Apparently, that’s synonymous to other “extremist” actions like killing abortion doctors…).
Luke correctly pointed out that, even if you disagreed with that action, one atheist didn’t speak for all other atheists. But the host wouldn’t let him get a full sentence out… anyway, the whole segment was frustrating all around and that’s before he made his most inflammatory comment.
Finally, Luke said that his group received an award last year from UNO for being the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year in large part because they put together a free debate in conjunction with Campus Crusade for Christ (a.k.a. CRU) that brought in 130 people from various backgrounds.
Here’s how that went down (14:00 mark):
Hoffman: … That was why we were such a big deal on campus, because we hosted this event that was–
Voorhees: So you didn’t go out and help build any homes, you didn’t clean oil off of birds, you didn’t help any poor people…
Hoffman: … We participated in democracy…
Voorhees: … you didn’t do any food drives, you didn’t help the homeless. You had a debate. You know why the Christian kids helped you out in your debate? Because atheist chicks are easy. And a lot of them are goth and hot.
Hoffman: Wow… now that’s disgusting, dude. Seriously.
Voorhees: Thanks a lot for your call. [Hangs up on Luke.]
On his website, Voorhees describes the atheists who called in to complain as people who don’t “have a sense of humor.”
Not only did Voorhees make an offensive statement about female atheists, he offended the Christians in CRU who worked on this debate, suggesting they had ulterior motives for putting it together.
This wasn’t a joke. You can sense it in the host’s tone. Nobody was laughing except Voorhees himself.
I doubt anyone will punish Voorhees — conservative talk-show hosts say dumb shit all the time and get away with it — but you can always send an email to 1110 KFAB, the station that plays this garbage and let them know it was completely inappropriate.
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