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  • ChristianApologist

    Dear Vesvolod,

    I would step in front of that bullet.

    I like Zenpencils while believing in God and see nothing wrong with science or the comic.

    Oh and try and remember Matthew 5:9 where it says we should be peacemakers.

  • Taylor

    I’m sure your death threats make your God proud. *Begins protocal level 7 eye roll*

  • Drakk

    Gentle, loving christians everywhere.

  • proudatheist

    Here’s a link to the Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx. You know, to send a thank you card to gentle, loving christians in times like this.

  • usclat

    Wow, excellent response. Thanks for sharing the link and may Vesvolod reason with an orange (jumpsuit) xmas. Cheers!

  • momtarkle

    Have any of you gentle (Hah!) readers filed a complaint against this turd on the provided site? If you haven’t, I will.

  • bamcintyre

    I love it when the Religious Right demonstrate the exact reason why I am no longer Christian or Republican. I only wish it didn’t take me so long to come to the conclusion.

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

    the important thing is that you finally did step into the light of reason and sanity. that’s what really matters. i am also ashamed of some things i once said and believed, but i think those experiences helped me be as firm as i am in my atheism and liberalism today. i’ll be this way (if not more so) for the rest of my life, i’m sure of that now.

  • islandbrewer

    If your ideas and beliefs are threatened by cartoons, and can only be secured by threats of violence, then they and you, are quite definitely wrong.

    Note: For those wondering about the context of this comment, it’s in response to a by-now deleted post with a death threat.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    It would seem to be a failure of one’s position if the only argument for that position is violence.

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  • momtarkle

    To Vesvolod Chaplin: Why do you wish to kill all atheists?

  • duke_of_omnium


  • momtarkle

    What does that mean, please?

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

    “do not feed the trolls.”

    esp the violent ones. basically, act like you never saw their horrible and malicious posts and don’t respond to them in any way.

  • momtarkle

    Lesson learned, and good idea. But I’m still (silently) curious why anyone would say what he said.

  • Guest

    I wonder if this Vsevolod Chaplin is the same guy. http://orthodoxwiki.org/Vsevolod_Chaplin

  • momtarkle

    Kind of looks like it, doesn’t it? Why does he want to kill all atheists?

  • momtarkle

    I can’t seem to delete what I had posted here, so will disappear it. I found my answer.

  • http://www.dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    Nicely done.