Christian love: “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson fantasizes about how an atheist father would react to watching intruders behead his atheist wife and rape and kill his two atheist daughters.
The conservative icon elaborated his gruesome fantasy on Friday while speaking to a crowd of conservative Christians in a ridiculous and offensive attempt to illustrate the supposed perils of atheism.
The following is an excerpt from those remarks:
I’ll make a bet with ya. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say,“Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?”
Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, “Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun! We’re sick in the head! Have a nice day.”
Previously Robertson has used his Christian faith to justify vile anti-gay bigotry, equating homosexuality to bestiality, and comparing LGBT people with drunkards, thieves, prostitutes, and adulterers.
Robertson has also claimed AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases are God’s punishment for immorality.It is not uncommon for ignorant Christians to claim that without a god there can be no morality. Such assertions say nothing about atheism, but do indicate a staggering poverty of intellect and character by those who make such facetious claims.
Amanda Marcotte, writing for AlterNet, has given what has come to be a classic response to hopelessly deluded, intellectually challenged imbeciles like Robertson. Marcotte writes:
Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.
Not only does Robertson lack moral superiority, the man lacks morals. And while it is hard to tell if Robertson is simply a con man feeding red meat to ignorant and mean-spirited conservative Christians, or if he actually believes his own ridiculous claims, one thing is certain: Robertson is a deeply disturbed individual.
For the record, atheists do the right thing not because they cower in fear of some imaginary god; atheists do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. The enlightened individual understands that being a good person is its own reward – no god required.
Morality is doing right regardless of what you are told, whereas religion is doing what you are told regardless of what is right.
(H/T Right Wing Watch)