Atheist receives death threats after speaking out against ‘In God We Trust’

Kill all non-believers? Atheist activist Amanda Scott is receiving hate mail and death threats after speaking out against a planned “In God We Trust” display at a government building in Mobile, Alabama.

Scott, a 21-year-old college student, spoke before the Mobile County Commission twice, once at a June 19 meeting where the “In God We Trust” display was approved, and again on August 7, when she and several others proposed their own displays, including “In Reason We Trust.”

Scott, a member of the Mobile Atheist Community, also spoke openly with the media about her opposition to the “In God We Trust” display.

Apparently many Christians in the area felt threatened by Scott challenging the “In God We Trust” display: they responding with a torrent of hate mail and death threats.

Here are just a few of the messages that were directed at Scott provided by

  • “Shoot her for treason.”
  • “Go jump off a bridge.”
  • “I believe in God. ‘In God We Trust’ should not be an issue. I bet that if she was [sic] fixing to be raped or murdered she would be asking God to save her.”
  • “Get a rope.”
  • “If you don’t believe in God, how can God or the word God offend you? I wish people like this would walk into traffic.”
  • “She can take a flying leap off Canal Bridge.”
  • “Dump her off at the Iraq border, tell her she’s home hit the road.”
  • “Whatever happened to stoning people in the city square?”
  • “I hope you go to Hell you filthy Atheist..”

Friendly Atheist has screenshots of additional threats made against Scott via Facebook. There is also a new Facebook page, Christian “Love” In Alabama, dedicated to collecting posts from angry Christians threatening and abusing Scott.

Scott, a Faulkner State Community College student, said that she was disappointed to receive the hate mail:

I tried to be respectful in my testimony and my interview, but I was met with hateful comments and messages from members of the local community attacking my personal character and even my physical appearance.

I will not allow the hatred to discourage me from continuing to defend the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state and the civil rights of atheists here in the city of Mobile and the state of Alabama.

Scott is a hero, speaking out for what is right despite the threats and harassment from angry, ignorant, and frightened Christians. Her ordeal is a potent reminder of the viciousness the Christian community is capable of when their religious superstition is threatened, and their Christian privilege is challenged.

Amanda Scott


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