I specify “religious nuts” here to avoid lumping everyone in there.
Anyway, so a 16 year old girl named Jessica Ahlquist brought up a lawsuit against her public school for having posted a big ol’ prayer up, and she won. Rightly so, it’s a damn Christian prayer plastered on a public funded educational institution. Clear church/state line crossing. Good for her, too.
Problem: Christians are unable to understand why it’s bad to do this, and have decided to swamp her with threats via social media. Not content to simply disagree, they’re going after the girl herself. I mean, granted, it’s not like the Bible itself has any problem with plastering prayers in public or anything…
Matthew 6:5 – And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But no, the real issue is all the threats. And this isn’t news. I’ve been on these here interwebs for a long time, and I’ve never seen an atheist level any kind of vile bullshit against a 16 year old girl like saying God will “fuck you in the ass”. And that’s not even limited to her. Anti-atheism is just downright nutty.
I’m not saying this to claim all believers are like this, but this is why the notion of a Santorum or Bachmann style American theocracy downright terrifies me. All that protects non-Christians from legal persecution is the first amendment. Without that, how long before it would be illegal to speak against God? How long before atheism would be a punishable offense? And then the ghettos?
It’s not that everyone thinks like these lunatics. It’s that enough do, and given free reign, they’d come into power eventually and be able to actually act upon these sick desires. Hats off to Jessica Ahlquist. When I was 16 there’s no way I’d have the courage to do what she did, especially in an age like this where death threats can come by the millions.