James Delts read my blog post about a ridiculous person claiming that atheists were on the verge of publicly executing all the Christians in America. He weighed in with this blistering anecdote:
what a shower of bigots you are. Some here have even demanded they that christians be murdered here, so thats it, its ok just to murder someone because they have different beliefs and disagree with abortion, so you can be entertained. How the hell can you call for people to be killed? I thought you atheists where meant to be tolerant… If thats your view don’t be surprised if you get the same treatment back. Amazed you nuts all want to execute christians, just shows how infantile you all are, cant bear non-conformism.
The rare double fail appears!
Obviously we don’t want to ‘execute Christians’. There were a few extremely obvious snarks in the comment section that any rational person would see as such. Take a look.
Honestly, I wish some of us would be more careful about violent hyperbole even when jokes seem obvious to all. I say this mostly because of people like this guy who purposely twist and spin this stuff. Occasionally this context-removal quote mining game attracts national press, like when Fox News inspired efforts to get Rock Beyond Belief canceled over a metal / punk band’s lyrics (that were intentionally misrepresented by a cyber-stalker that out ranks me by a lot).
Readers may remember the very specific targeted death threats that my family has received. Fox News fans were also recently calling for murder – and even rape – for all of us who work at American Atheists. Did you hear about the soldier who was murdered for being an atheist? The prosecutors know this was the motive, but declined to call it a hate crime.