On the 17th of November I posted a rather vitriolic post about children being abused and murdered under the pretences of exorcisms (see “Demons don’t kill people, exorcisms do“). *Note: This article contains “bad” words, deal with it.
Yesterday I got the following email from someone who didn’t like what I’d said in that post:
J.N. Laubscher firstname.lastname@example.org
18:04 (18 hours ago)
I see that “Demons don’t kill…” was posted by you on 17.11.2011. Are these all your own words or is it someone else’s article?
If your own, you have just cured me of ever opening ‘skepticdetective’ again. The colloquial usage is that of a full-blown atheist.
Have you noticed that even an atheist, when confronted by a life threatening situation, calls upon the God that he/she does not acknowledge and professes to despise? And blames Him for that which has befallen him/her?
Somebody once said that even atheists have their own annual public holiday: April 1….April Fool’s Day!
Now, I have to admit, I don’t like receiving emails like this. So I resisted my urge to tell Mr. Laubscher to go fuck himself and penned a lengthy response in which I addressed most of his concerns about my post:
09:56 (2 hours ago)
Dear religious person,
Yes, I wrote “Demons don’t kill people”, every last word (except the section I quoted). Oh no! It seems you have discovered that people sometimes hold different beliefs and morals to those that you cling to.
You are very perceptive to notice that I’m an atheist. Oh, wait, NO you’re not! If you read the byline on the blog you would clearly see that it states the three main areas of discussion of the blog: “Science, Skepticism, Atheism”.
Perhaps you thought I wasn’t being serious about that, oh well, happy to disappoint you.
Have you ever noticed that religious people are full of shit?
To assert that atheists call on a god when faced by a life threatening situation, or to blame bad stuff on just shows how self-righteous you are. The whole thing about atheists is that they are intellectually mature enough to realise that magical sky faeries don’t exist. We learn to draw upon inner strength and the support of our families when bad stuff happens, and we don’t blame anybody’s imaginary friends for things that might go wrong. We learn to accept that sometimes shit happens, we take responsibility for our own actions, and we get on with the business of being utterly AWESOME!
Now, about you never visiting my site again, I really could not care less. I get well over 1000 hits a day on the site and the non-click of one Bible-blinkered idiot is not something that particularly worries me.
A little while ago I received a response (yippee!):
12:30 (18 minutes ago)
Your email says it all! As well as your addiction to foulmouthed
I pity any offspring you might have produced and can only pray for it.
Well, fuck me if I don’t have an addiction to 4letter words (ARGH! SMS Speak! It’s “four letter” you moron).
12:40 (9 minutes ago)
Don’t pray for me or any of my children, thank you very much.
And I fail to see any addiction I might have to “4letter” words, I swear whenever I fucking feel like it, and don’t give a fuck what you think about it.
And yes, my email does say it all. Yours, on the other hand, says nothing.
Ok, now I know I’m getting belligerent, but I really don’t care. It’s religious idiots like Mr Laubscher who have been molesting our children for centuries, murdering them for having epilepsy and inculcating a fear of eternal immolation. So Fuck ’em. Every one of these self-righteous mother fuckers who thinks he is so much better than me because he submits to the wishes of a bunch of power hungry bastards who threaten him with the eternal ire of a magical sky fairy. The world is too full of people telling us to shut up and not air our views, prejudice against atheists is a very real problem and we need to show people like Laubscher that we are not intimidated by their bible thumping and carry on speaking our minds.
I realise that this curse-filled rant is not the most diplomatic approach, and I hope that my readers realise that I did not fill this article with swear words because I want to be foul, I did it because I have a constitutionally protected right to free speech, and I don’t agree with the missive that I must be careful not to “offend” people. If you take offence, grow the fuck up.
Not all people who hold deep religious convictions are as offensive as Mr Laubscher. This post is certainly not intended to insult the thoroughly decent, honest and kind people such as my friend John.
The ponies will sort me out when I get home.