Center For Inquiry’s Statement About the Colorado Tragedy

Earlier today, I criticized a statement from an atheist speaking about the Colorado tragedy, not on behalf of his organization (though it seemed that way from the article), but on his own.

The Center For Inquiry’s Ron Lindsay put out a statement today on behalf of the entire organization. It’s brief, but it’s exactly the kind of thing that’s called for at this time:

“A tragedy like this reminds us of how fragile and precious this one life of ours really is. What we do every day is significant; we must make use of every opportunity we have to extend love, sympathy, and support to others, and we should never fail and to live up to our highest ethical ideals. We extend our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and our sincere wishes for full recoveries for those who were injured.”

More of this, please.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.effectualagents.org Marc Barnhill

    Agreed, Hemant. This was classy, appropriate, and sincere, pandered to no one, and set a good tone without opportunism.

  • newavocation

    Not to make light of this awful tragedy,  but it just seems opportunistic to speak up about a particularly gory killing when there are other less TV news worthy tragedies  not spoken about that affect many more on a daily basis. 

  • Istj04

    Not that I advocate random acts of violence, but when a theist like Rick Warren (and the idiot republican legislator!) spew forth they vitriol, it makes me wish that THEY could have been in that movie theater! How come these clearly, “well-deserving” Christians don’t get a first-hand experience of their “loving god’s” violence accessorizing?


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