Daniel Moran endures sickening statements from Rep. Michael Burgess and his church-going followers.

Daniel Moran is an atheist activist down in Texas.  He recently went to an appearance by House Rep. Michael Burgess at a Texas church.  Daniel asked how Burgess would represent atheists, humanists, etc..  Burgess responded that he represents everybody equally.  Daniel then pointed out that Burgess has voted twice to deny humanist chaplains in the military.

Burgess response?  “Yeah, I thought it was a dumb idea.”  And the church-going crowd went absolutely apeshit with glee.  And what followed was even more disgusting.  Daniel gets to the mic at 1:22:00.

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Absolutely hypocritical, and absolutely dismissive of American soldiers.  But look at it through the lens of faith and something so flagrantly disgusting becomes something to cheer about.

The crowd shouts there are no atheists in foxholes, which Daniel rebuts beautifully.  I always like to quote Sam Singleton in cases like this: there are plenty of atheists in foxholes.  What I don’t see are Christians in foxholes.  If a Christian soldier takes a bullet to the knee, he will undoubtedly first call for a medic, not a priest.  Reliance on god is typically only available when a problem can be ignored without discomfort or when the problem belongs to others (where it can be ignored without discomfort).  When the chips are down, like when you have a serious illness or you’ve been shot or you’re at war, even the most devout Christians rely on humans (doctors or other soldiers) even though they’ll swear up and down that it’s god helping them.

Internet high five for Daniel for enduring that great glob of stupidity and prejudice.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • baal

    Kudos to Daniel Moran and boos to rep Burgess and that audience. You’d hope the moderator (or the Rep in this case as the local authority figure) would find that shouting at one person like that is not ok.

  • Daniel Moran

    Thanks for covering this, JT. I’ll be making a video formally thanking Amanda Knief for her advice, which helped give me the courage to do this. I hope you’ll write about that too.

  • Larry Clapp

    JT: “When the chips are down, like when you have a serious illness or you’ve been shot or you’re at war, even the most devout Christians rely on humans”

    This is demonstrably false, as you’ve highlighted many times on this very blog. Lots of devout Christians are (apparently) content to let themselves and their loved ones, including their children, die, while they do nothing but pray.

    Though admittedly I can’t see actual soldiers doing this, regardless of their faith or lack thereof.

    Anyway, kudos to you for writing about it, and more to Daniel for doing it in the first place.


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