We’re All in the Same Boat; Don’t Blame the Atheists

(In response to this post)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Mackinz

    Yeah, those damn god-hating atheists! How dare they try to go against God’s will and try to reduce the damage of the Boston Bombing and help as many people as possible, when God CLEARLY wanted the bombing to happen in the first place and attempting to help the victims is going against His will!!!

    …Okay, I can’t do this any more. Pretending to be a member of the Christian Right makes my head hurt.

    • kevin white

      That’s ok. I was in my local walmart and two old guys were talking about how the athiests caused the bombings to happen. Then they proceeded to grasp my arm and tell me that they thought they should find all the athiests in my small town and shoot ‘em all to get god’s favor. I just looked at them, shrugged, told them goodbye, and went home. I hate Arkansas.

      • Baby_Raptor

        Isn’t life in Arkansas grand?

        I’m still firmly in the closet. It’s not safe here.

        • kevin white

          Hell, i’m so far in the closet about athiesm, (and to most people, my sexuality) that i can see Gord-Damned Narnia. I’d get lynched in a second.

          • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

            We just need one

          • SeekerLancer

            Sheesh, at least in Texas you won’t get shot at… Well… East Texas. My girlfriend did get a lot of death threats when she was in high school though.

          • NewDawn2006

            That made me laugh! Not the situation obviously. But a very accurate description. Working as a public school teacher in a county that opens school board meetings with sectarian prayers in a state whose motto is “In God We Trust” I feel you. Not quite far enough in to see Narnia, but deep in there none the less…

        • Houndentenor

          No, it’s not. It would also affect your ability to find a job. No thanks. That’s why I’m not out to most people. I think most are smart enough to put the pieces together from my skeptical comments on various issues, but until I land a better job and have tenure I’ll not be out about my lack of belief.

      • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

        And another missed opportunity at martyrdom gets slashed with low prices.

        • kevin white

          Y’know, it may sound selfish, but i’ve been shot before, it’s not something i’d like to take part in again!

          • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

            Only the headline in the news is all that matters, “Atheist killed by elderly Christian men in Wal-mart parking lot over Boston bombing dispute.” that would pretty much harden our position.

            • WallofSleep

              Yeah, ya know how things get spun. The headline would more likely read:

              “Elderly Veterans Defend Themselves Against Young Assailant and Possible Meth Addict”

              • kevin white

                Well, that escalated quickly

            • baal

              There isn’t a silver lining to an atheist being killed for being an atheist. Not even martyrdom.

              • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

                gotta agree. if you’re not safe, you’re not safe. and as we all concur: this is your one and only life. protect it.

                however, i do advocate working with local groups to forward acceptance of nonbelief. there is safety in numbers.

      • Mario Strada

        Did you say Arkansistan?

        • kevin white

          Accurate description.

  • Houndentenor

    I got into an argument recently with a liberal Christian who claimed that atheists don’t volunteer or donate money to causes. Never mind the enormous donations made by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates into one of the largest charity foundations in the world (both atheists) but that wasn’t enough. Then I sent him the link to Foundation Beyond Belief and haven’t heard from him since. Because he hadn’t heard of it, he assumed it didn’t exist.

  • Sick to DEATH of this shit

    Oh for fuck’s sake Hemant – STOP.

    I am an atheist, and INSTANTLY after the Boston Tragedy, you started to post “Whaaa, they are picking on us” blog entries.

    What the hell is wrong with you? DO you really think the big issue here is how some fringe element Xian whackjobs pointed their collective finger at atheists? Or the fact people died and hundredss were injured?

    Jesus Fucking Christ Hemant, you are on the same fucking level as the finger pointers and ALL of you are just trying to turn this senseless tragedy into your own particular spin.

    Stop. Just stop. Try focusing on the real issues here.

    And I fully expect your cavalcade of sycophantic idiots to scream at me now, instead of actually seeing this blog tirade for what it is.

    JUST STOP ALREADY. IT IS NOT ABOUT US!!!!!

    • SphericalBunny

      Your comment may have been more appropriate on an entry that the person you addressed actually wrote though…

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      well, you’ve made your point nice and clear. the vulgarity helps. no, really.

      personally, i find this record of what people are saying about atheists at this difficult time useful and informative. it will be an important record later on as well, to have a list of outrageous claims made about atheism by hysterical believers who will do anything to avoid reason and responsibility.

      also: it’s his “fucking” blog, you don’t have to be here if it sickens you so much and may start your own.

    • Matthew Delemos

      If you want to claim your an atheist, then be a better one than this.

    • Mario Strada

      Arguments on the internet are presented as if the discussion had been going on for a considerable amount of time and there was some sort of breakdown in communication. Then one of the parties got fed up and finally blows up.
      But on the web this happens on the very first post.

      In this case, the OP probably read one too many articles he disliked and finally decided to give us a ;piece of his mind. I think his contribution may have added to the discussion of it was expressed from the beginning ion a more conciliatory tone.

      But instead of starting to post at the beginning he decided to wait until he reached a boiling point.

      I, for one, don’t see it as a “poor me” syndrome. These people are indeed accusing the “godless” for what happened. This is an Atheist blog and it is the blog’s job to interpret the news in an atheistic perspective.

      But I can also see how someone can get exasperated if their expectations were different.

      It would probably do everyone a lot of good to write out the comment and wait a bit before clicking that “send” button. Especially if it is a first comment and it’s going to be on the polemic side. Not because the language offends me, but because it makes the content of the post less relevant in my eyes.

    • http://twitter.com/JasonOfTerra PhiloKGB

      That’s right. No other media outlets are discussing this tragedy thirty-four ways from Tuesday. You can only talk about it in shouty-blog-commenter approved ways. Let this be a lesson to no one ever.


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