College professor assaulted by Army veteran who was ‘sent by god’

Or not.

There is a really dumb viral email / Facebook post making its rounds (again) about a presumably atheist professor and a military veteran. It’s one of those sappy stories that grandma might flood your email box with. Many veterans and active duty service members in the MASH Facebook group commented on the resurgence of the story.

This time there are a few variations, but the story goes like this:

…a college Professor stood on his chair and said, “If your imaginary friend really exists, then maybe he can knock me off this chair”. Nothing happened. The class was quiet. “See! Now I’ll give it a couple more minutes.” An Army Vet stood, punched him in the face, knocking him out, then sat back down. As the Professor came to, he looked at student and said, “WHY’D YOU DO THAT!” Vet said “GOD was busy protecting my buddies still fighting for your right to say and do stupid stuff like this, so HE SENT ME!!”

Let’s put on our thinking caps shall we? The story isn’t quite over…

A clever redditor added this:

I’d like to add to this:

Weeks later, he underwent court-ordered psychiatric evaluation for the violent voice in his head. Members of the press asked the Army veteran how he was going to prove his innocence. He punched them all in the face, and said “There’s your proof”.

His own lawyer has released a statement claiming that he is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Fight back, post this version!

So, if you happen to see this myth popping up again, just make sure you copy and paste the ‘whole story’ (below).

A college Professor stood on his chair and said, “If your imaginary friend really exists, then maybe he can knock me off this chair”. Nothing happened. The class was quiet. “See! Now I’ll give it a couple more minutes.” An Army Vet stood, punched him in the face, knocking him out, then sat back down. As the Professor came to, he looked at student and said, “WHY’D YOU DO THAT!” Vet said “GOD was busy protecting my buddies still fighting for your right to say and do stupid stuff like this, so HE SENT ME!!”

The Army Vet was put on academic suspension and now faces assault charges. Furthermore, he failed to prove that his imaginary friend was anything more than just that.

Weeks later, he underwent court-ordered psychiatric evaluation for the violent voice in his head. Members of the press asked the Army veteran how he was going to prove his innocence. He punched them all in the face, and said “There’s your proof”.

His own lawyer has released a statement claiming that he is not mentally competent to stand trial.

Let’s spread this version! Maybe the point will be made that being skeptical is important. Ultimately, I hope our religious counterparts will end up over at the Snopes article debunking this entire story. It’s well written, unlike the rumor.

This is similar to the “So you atheists think you’re smarter than Einstein?” entry I wrote last month. There was a new myth surrounding Einstein’s legacy – one that pegs him ‘mathematically proving the existence of god’ (whatever that means.)

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  • TSgt Nathan S. Dean

    I definately work & have worked with enough people in the military with enough of that idiotic conviction.

  • Barry Johnstone.

    There are true idiots EVERYWHERE, and there is nothing that can be done about it. Surely this is a part of human nature and we must put up with with it, above all – TOLERATE it!

  • http://gospeljebuscrust.blogspot.com/ James M. Martin

    When I first started practicing law the only jobs I could get were representing indigents, including the mentally ill. I lost count of the times when a mental would be convinced that God wanted this, or God wanted that. Sometimes religion would be mixed up with popular music, as when one mental insisted that Stevie Wonder had stolen all of his songs. He, too, though, talked about God and demons in his ears. Some of these people will jam pencils in their ears to “stop the voices.” Often, there is a religious connection, if only to the darker half of a dualist deity.


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