Is this what persecution looks like? Access Hollywood host Shaun Robinson says “if I’m ever around an atheist, I think I’m gonna get hit by lightning or something. I just don’t even want to be in the room with them.”
Conservative Christian actor Kevin Sorbo and Access Hollywood host Robinson engaged in what many might consider hate speech on the August 12 edition of Access Hollywood.
Sorbo was appearing on Access Hollywood to promote his movie, “God is not Dead.”
In an obnoxious display of Christian privilege, Sorbo and Robinson openly bashed atheists, repeating ugly stereotypes in an attempt to belittle and marginalize the secular community. The following is an excerpt from that discussion:
Sorbo: … I’ve seen these guys [atheists] on TV and cable outlets… Atheists actually have, like, chapters and they have, I mean, it’s weird. I see the anger when these guys get on TV! And I’m going, wow, how do you get so angry about something you don’t believe in?
Sorbo: I find that very interesting.
Robinson: Every time I’m around, if I’m ever around an atheist, I think I’m gonna get hit by lightning or something. I just don’t even want to be in the room with them.
Sorbo: It’s weird how they can get nativity scenes pulled down because they say it offends them. They’re offended by something they don’t believe in. Well, it offends about 90% of people of the country that they take the nativity scenes down, but apparently, the majority doesn’t have a voice in this country anymore, so what are you gonna do?
Sorbo: What’s interesting, people can say, oh, that doesn’t happen, where students get persecuted at universities because of their belief. It does happen. At the end of the movie, we show 37 court cases — we could’ve shown many more — in the closing credits of major universities being sued by students because they’re being persecuted purely for having a faith in God. What’s the big deal? I mean, live and let live. I’m a live and let live kind of guy. If [you're] an atheist, fine. If you’re an Agnostic, we can talk…
Robinson: God is telling us now we have to go to a commercial…
Sorbo takes the obligatory cheap shots at atheists: the tired cliche of “the angry atheist;” the tired suggestion that it is “weird” for atheists and other like minded people to meet and organize; the tired claim that atheists should shut up, and forget the Constitution and the secular values upon which this nation was founded, because Christians are in the majority.
While Sorbo’s jabs were rather pedestrian, and to be expected, Robinson’s remarks were over the top, as she openly expressed her contempt for atheists:
Every time I’m around, if I’m ever around an atheist, I think I’m gonna get hit by lightning or something. I just don’t even want to be in the room with them.
Imagine, if instead of Robinson saying “I just don’t even want to be in the room with atheists,” she said ““I just don’t even want to be in the room with Jews;” or, “I just don’t even want to be in the room with gays and lesbians;” or, “I just don’t even want to be in the room with African Americans.”
Robinson’s remarks are repugnant. Her open contempt for atheists is insidious, and ultimately promotes bigotry and stigma. Her open hostility towards and ill treatment of atheists should not go unchallenged.
Readers can communicate their displeasure with Robinson’s disparaging remarks towards atheists by contacting Robinson via Twitter: @shaunrobinson; and/or Access Hollywood via Twitter: @accesshollywood.
(H/T Friendly Atheist)