Loudoun County Official Apologizes for Calling Atheists ‘Terrorists’… and Then Calls Atheists ‘Terrorists’ Again

This is Loudoun County Board of Supervisors member Ken Reid a few days ago, reacting to atheists fighting back against the Virginia county’s holiday display:

“None of the religious organizations in the county have had any problem with what we’re doing,” he said. “It’s strictly this group of terrorists. They’re fanatics who basically want to stamp out religion in all public life and property.”

Ken Reid

This is Ken Reid quoted in a Washington Post article today, apologizing for what he said:

Reid said Wednesday that he regretted using the word “terrorists” and apologized to those who may have been offended.

My use of the word ‘terrorist’ was a poor choice of words and the Washington Times did not tell it in full context,” Reid said in an e-mail. “My comments in the Times were directed specifically at the atheist groups that have been relentlessly pursuing their goal to remove all religious holiday symbols from the courthouse lawn, not ALL atheists or non-believers.

That’s one hell of an apology. Reid wasn’t attacking ALL atheists, just the ones who want church/state separation.

I feel better now. How about you?

American Atheists isn’t accepting his apology. To my surprise, that’s upsetting Reid:

The supervisor said he was disappointed that local Democrats and atheists seemed unwilling to accept his apology.

I can’t imagine why…

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  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    So only some atheist and non-believers are terrorist now. Gotcha!

    • C Peterson

      Yeah, just the ones who are secularists. But the rest are still the spawn of Satan.

  • RobertoTheChi

    Kindly go fuck yourself, Ken Reid.

  • pauleky

    What a douchenozzle.

  • Russian Alex

    I’ve said it before, but freedom fighters, Ken. Freedom fighters.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I’ll probably be mad later, but right now I can’t stop laughing at how ridiculously stupid his statement is.

  • JoshEvolved

    I didn’t know that lawsuits and attempts at secular equality were acts of violence with an attempt to instill terror for political or religious reasons. I guess someone should contact Webster and have the definition of terroist changed.

    • GwydionFrost

      Best definition I ever heard for the word, strangely applies to his line of thinking: “Terrorist: What the big army calls the little army.”

      • G Cowell

         AND is losing the war to.

        • The Other Weirdo

           Which war in particular?

  • becasquared

    I can’t wait to see the display tomorrow while I do my duty at the courthouse.  An atheist from Ken Reid’s district, doing jury duty, in Leesburg, VA.  I’ll make sure I give a big hug to Rick Wingrove.  Maybe I’ll bring my kiddos around on Saturday.  

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Ken Reid is a fat, no-neck, dumbass, Rethuglican hate monger who couldn’t pass a junior high school quiz on the Constitution even if he had the help of the entire Harvard Department of Government.
    . . . . .

    Upon reflection, I realize that my use of the words “fat, no-neck, dumbass, Rethuglican hate monger who couldn’t pass a junior
    high school quiz on the Constitution even if he had the help of the
    entire Harvard Department of Government” was a poor choice of words, and they should not be taken out of context. I apologize to anyone I may have offended.

    My comments were specifically directed at the fat, no-neck, dumbass Rethuglican hate monger who couldn’t pass a junior
    high school quiz on the Constitution even if he had the help of the
    entire Harvard Department of Government known as Ken Reid, who has been relentlessly pursuing his goal to wipe his ass with the First Amendment, and to establish his version of Christianity as the officially sanctioned religion of Loudoun County.

    My comments were not directed to all fat, no-neck, dumbass Rethuglican hate mongers who couldn’t pass a junior
    high school quiz on the Constitution even if they had the help of the
    entire Harvard Department of Government, only to Ken Reid, who is a fat, no-neck, dumbass Rethuglican hate monger who couldn’t pass a junior
    high school quiz on the Constitution even if he had the help of the
    entire Harvard Department of Government.
    . . . . .

    I am disappointed to learn that the National Association of Fat, No-Neck, Dumbass Rethuglican Hate Mongers Who Couldn’t Pass a Junior High School Quiz on the Constitution Even if They Had the Help of the Entire Harvard Department of Government, also known as the NAFNNDRHMWCPJHSQCETHHEHDG seem unwilling to accept my apology.

    • GwydionFrost

      I’m sorry, Richard. I am not quite following you here. Could you clarify and be a little more specific in exactly what you mean…? ;)

    • Pissonhuffinton

       you sound like the hate monger Richard Wade–name calling–you look to be old enough to know better–but then look at you homely, nasty face-you must have had pimples that never went away-and your mind is warped

  • Ian Reide

    Maybe IQ tests for public office?

    • Deven Kale

       This. I’ve been thinking this for a long, long time now.

    • G Cowell

       Think it through: there would be a scarcity of public office holders.

      • eonL5

        Well, you know what they say, only those who do not WANT public office are qualified to hold it…

    • RedGreenInBlue

      Is that not implicitly inhibited by Art. IV para. 3 of the US Constitution: “…but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States,” given the apparent correlation between religiosity and IQ?

      /tongueincheek

      • nakedanthropologist

        zing!

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I wonder if theists like Barry Lynne who want religious displays removed from courthouse lawns are also terrorists.

  • Justin Miyundees

    Clearly not all douchebags refer to innocent, conscientious, patriotic citizens as terrorists and I apologize if I give that impression.

  • revatheist

    It’s good to know that he has no problem with the atheists… that know their place by shutting the fuck up and letting the religious do what they please.  If this was the 1950s, he probably also wouldn’t have a problem with negroes…that stay at the back of the damn bus. What an open-minded and pleasant fellow.

  • Helanna

    Does he realize that these sorts of lawsuits have been consistently won by the ‘terrorists’? Are all of the judges also terrorists? They seem to believe they’re following the Constitution . . . 

    *gasp* That’s it! The Founding Fathers were all *terrorists*!

    • Artor

      Well, from the point of view of the British, they kinda were…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandy-Kokch/100000074576649 Sandy Kokch

         No – The founding fathers were Traitors To The Crown. Had they lost, they would have been tried and hung for High Treason and Sedition.

        In the late 1700s the sentence for this would have also included post mortem beheading and displaying their heads on spikes, and the quartering of the rest of the body and gibbeting the remains at four major towns or cities. The same would have happened had America lost the war of 1812. We Brits carried on with hanging/drawing/quartering till the 1820s.

        The word “terrorist” was originally used by the French opressed to refer to the government perpetrators during the “Reign of Terror” after the French Revolution….which was well after your own.

        Even now they would not be referred to by Brits as terrorists. Hyperbolic overuse of words like “terrorist” and “hero” is an American habit we Brits try to avoid, so that words retain their meaning. Only the cheap and tawdry tabloid media in the UK follow the American habit.

        As Al Murray The Pub Landlord so rightly said: Two nations separated by one common language….and 3000 miles of ocean thank god!

        • Coyotenose

           “Traitor” and “Terrorist” are not mutually exclusive terms. The American rebels committed numerous acts against British civilians that perfectly fit the definition of “terrorism”. Saying that the word doesn’t apply because it’s overused elsewhere is an unwarranted move from the general to the specific.

        • Steveneyre

          “The same would have happened had America lost the war of 1812.”

          They DID lose the War of 1812, Goddammit!   ;^)

      • amycas

         I’ve voiced this thought before and been called a terrorist…

        Although, technically I said traitors, not terrorists. But I guess the case could be made either way.

    • Coyotenose

       Yep, they were. Highly educated, very successful terrorists. Doesn’t mean they weren’t right, but it’s an apt descriptive term.

    • G Cowell

       Actually in the eyes of King George III they were terrorists.

  • Ida Know

    Because having your unearned privilege challenged is exactly like being shot at, blown up, or kidnapped.

  • HughInAz

    Religionists, to be labeled terrorists, have to fly planes into buildings.

    Atheists, to be labeled terrorists, have to fight to enforce the Constitution.

    • Coyotenose

       Have to fly planes into buildings *and be Muslim*, don’t forget. After all, the vast majority of terror attacks in the U.S. are planned and/or carried out by white Christians, but oddly they don’t seem to count.

      • nakedanthropologist

        You know, I’ve always thought that that behavior by the media was incredibly unfair – to both sides.  People in the US do all sorts of horrible things to others in the name of God (and Christianity) but they’re never labelled “Christian terrorists”.  They should be – it’s detrimental to the public safety to do otherwise.  Then again, are what the American media labels as “Muslim terrorists” ever called such in their own country?  I have not researched this premise myself, but I think it does bear further scrutiny.

  • RebeccaSparks

    That’s an insanely low bar for terrorism.  By this logic I can call cops terrorists–not all cops,of course, only the ones who gave me a speeding ticket for exceeding the local speed limit. The law might be on their side, but because I do not like it it’s terrorism!

    • Ben

      Ha, Sorry off topic,  but that is exactly how every libertarian I’ve had the misfortune of debating seems to think.  They consider taxation to be terrorism and extortion.

      • amycas

         Don’t even get me started on the pseudo-intellectualism that holds anarchism together…ugh

  • Octoberfurst

     Wow, I feel SO much better now knowing that Ken  Reid doesn’t think that ALL atheists are terrorists!  Only those that stand up for the Constitution are!  So I guess if I just lay low and keep my mouth shut while he rams his religion down America’s throat I’ll be okey-dokey in his book!  Great!

  • phantomreader42

    I apologize for calling Ken Reid a mentally deficient, drug-addled, disease-ridden traitor who rapes puppies and sets kittens on fire for fun.  But that doesn’t change the fact that  Ken Reid is a mentally deficient, drug-addled, disease-ridden traitor who rapes puppies and sets kittens on fire for fun.  :P

  • Ken Reid loves rape

    I hope Ken Reid suffers a stroke, clearly that will mean his god wants him to shut up.

    • G Cowell

       Be charitable, he is clearly a sick sick man.

  • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

    Nice nonpology there.

  • Pissonhuffington

    Atheists are terrorists and why should he apologize for speaking the truth-they do ruin holidays and they are odious pieces of shit


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