This letter has been floating around the tubes. It was sent to the home of Jessica Ahlquist.
How evil does she have to be for these people to be the good guys?
We’ve seen the pages upon pages of threats Jessica has received. There are plenty of Christians out there who have been wishing harm on Jessica for daring to insist that their religion is not above the law.
Faith does not make people better. In fact, in cases like these, it empowers the worst of humanity by allowing people to think god endorses their beliefs and behavior.
The irony is that there will be Christians who wax passionately that those wishing harm on Jessica are wrong, not because sending threats to a sixteen year-old is immoral on its own merit, but because god endorses their kinder beliefs and behaviors instead.
But neither get faith right, because it is impossible to get faith right. There is not a single position for which the best defense is faith that is not utterly ridiculous. Faith is a bad reason for the nice Christians just as it’s a bad reason for the monsters. The message is not “You’re wrong because those other believers have a better case,” the message is, “You’re both wrong because faith is a shitty reason to believe anything.” God endorses neither the niceness of some or the malice of others because god does not exist.
We cannot say it to the villains of faith without also saying it to the saints. But make no mistake: it’s time we started saying it plainly without worrying about offending the nicer Christians who reinforce the idea that faith is a suitable defense for beliefs/behaviors by expecting people to buy into their faith-based protestations.
We’re on our own down here, all playing for team humanity. We should oppose things like this because they are malicious, and malice is not conducive to our collective happiness.