I think I’m going to have to stop reading Why Evolution Is True. The commenters there are so utterly loathsome that it’s bad for my blood pressure. They’re still yammering on ignorantly about Oklahoma, but I’m not going to link to them because they don’t deserve it.
They object to Rebecca Vitsmun, an Oklahoma atheist who survived the Moore tornado, saying,
I don’t blame anyone for thanking the Lord.
Ewwww. How dare she respect the feelings of people who are injured, grieving for their dead, homeless, destitute, or shell-shocked! The only reason she would say that is because Oklahomans are so utterly evil that we would burn her at the stake or something if she dared criticize Christianity!
Here are samples of what passes for thinking over there:
BillyJoe: But she still felt she had to put an accommodationist statement right at the end.
Ant (@antallan): Fear of social approbation kicking in?
Ant (@antallan):* oops! :-O the other one: opprobrium
Pete Moulton: It is Oklahoma, after all.
Voltaire 2: I just hope her god-fearing neighbors don’t come after her and blame the poor woman for not being an xian. Maybe SHE brought this disaster upon us, for not worshipping their deity!
Those toads! I have absolute confidence that her neighbors do not care about her religion or lack thereof. There are bigots like Westboro Baptist Church and Lizz Winstead who pretend to believe that natural disasters strike people because they are bad people, but nearly all Oklahomans, like nearly everybody else in America, know better than that. No one, and I mean no one is going to bother Ms. Vitsmun in the slightest. They probably already know or suspect that she’s not a believer, and they do not care.
But no, the ignorant bigots at Why Evolution Is True go on with their paranoid fantasies:
Greg Esres: A good atheist should always be prepared for that sort of layup; it’s the one we all fantasize about. In the meantime, OK authorities will be trying to take her child away, since she’s obviously an unfit mother.
Oh yeah, we do that all the time here! Does Greg Esres have one particle of evidence to back up his paranoid fantasies? Of course not. He’s built up this delusion of fly-over country as this weird, alien, Fifth-Century hellhole where people like him would have to disguise themselves lest the ignorant peasants storm the hotel with torches and pitchforks. And he shares his delusion with others and they all build it up with more and more lurid details.
What a bunch of vermin.
rosie: Stupid Christians will look at this event as a sign of end times.
Some people are stupid. rosie, Greg Esres, Voltaire 2, Pete Moulton, Ant, and BillyJoe spring to mind. Rational people don’t judge the entire population by what the stupid part of it thinks. So I’m trying not to judge atheists by rosie, Greg Esres, Voltaire 2, Pete Moulton, Ant, and BillyJoe, but it’s hard even though I’m an atheist myself.
neil: I am still waiting for some idiot preacher to say that the reason god let the tornado happen is that the folks in OK aren’t praying enough.
Yeah, you can wait for that, and probably some idiot preacher will say something like that. And meanwhile idiot media vermin will say that the reason the tornado happened is because of sequester. Or conservatism. Or just living in fly-over country. Idiots say idiotic things. Witness the comment thread on Why Evolution Is True.
Here’s my experience with the crazy superstitious red-state Christians. I have been asked three times — just three — in my adult life about my religious beliefs.
The first was when a much older gentleman asked me if I was Catholic. He was, and he just wondered. I said no, and that was the end of it. We worked in the same office amicably until he died some years later.
The second was when a contractor, whom everyone regarded as a religious fanatic, asked me if I believed in God. I said no and … what do you suppose the red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christian did? He gave me books that he thought would convert me! And when I told him that I found them unconvincing, can you imagine what the red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christian did? He dropped the subject! The horror! I don’t know how I survived. I’m a real atheist martyr, I am.
And the third time was when a very dear friend who happens to be a devout Christian was struggling with the conflict between his religion and the science of evolution. Like many intelligent people in that position, he had come to accept a weak form of intelligent design: the universe, the Earth, and life are all old; all life derives from a single common ancestor via evolution; but there are a very few cases where God showed His hand by helping evolution along. He asked me if I believe that the flagellum was the product of intelligent design and I said I didn’t know but I didn’t think so. And he dropped the subject too.
That’s my entire story of oppression by red-state fly-over-country ignorant superstitious irrational fanatic Christians.
The blue state vermin over at Why Evolution Is True do not have a single clue about what life is like outside of their sheltered little existences. I ought to just feel sorry for them for their crippled imaginations, but it’s hard. It’s very hard.