On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, an Atheist Talks About the Non-Religious Response to the Newtown Massacre

Yesterday, on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (guest hosted by Joy Reid), one of the guests was friend-of-the-blog Chris Stedman to talk about the importance of including atheists in “interfaith” efforts as well as the problem of religious figures blaming the tragedy on the notion of church/state separation (“You kicked God out of school! No wonder he’s not protecting us!”)…

Chris begins speaking around the 6:30 mark in the first video and 2:11 in the second video:

For all the shit Chris gets from the atheist community, he does one hell of a good job here (in a very tough situation, I might add, talking about something so emotional) explaining how atheists cope with tragedy and what his own community at Harvard is doing to help students affected by the shootings (Answer: The same things churches are offering, minus the Jesus nonsense).

He handled himself incredibly well without being aggressive or combative — in short, I suspect religious people watching the show would have a very hard time disagreeing with anything he said. Not an easy task for any atheist on television.

(Via NonProphet Status — Thanks to @VladChituc for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.