I, a pale, Irish-blooded caucasian, was actually called a nigger today. I was minding my own business, wandering the isles of Walmart on a noble quest for some light snackage, when a middle aged, slightly inbred-looking redneck proceeded to rush me with his shopping cart. The marginally disruptive maneuver was in vain, however. Using my lighting-fast ninja reflexes, I easily dodged his enthusiastic attempt to walk-block. As he angrily shoved past, his attack thwarted, I actually heard this person call me, and I quote: a "fucking nigger", after which he stormed off in a huff with his groceries. And what, one might ask, could have possibly provoked this sudden, aggressive act of mild inconvenience? Why, the fact that I was wearing a t-shirt with the word "Atheist" on the front, of course. The lesson of this story? Never associate oneself with atheism in the south, or people will try to run you over with shopping carts while berating you with unfitting racial slurs. And that, ladies and mentlegen, is one of the innumerable reasons why I so passionately detest living in the Bible Belt.
And so I ask you, fellow atheists, freethinkers, and secular humanists - has anyone else had any inexplicable/unprovoked confrontations with religi-tards such as the one described above?
Love your neighbor as yourself, this the great commandment. Any Bible toting Red Neck that lynches what he doesn't understand is a child of the adversary to this present hour.
How about you tell THEM and not us. Telling us atheists what you think Christianity is about is a waste of time.
As far as we can tell anyone, no matter how rude and bigoted, who accepts Jesus Christ as his lord and savior, is a Christian. How are we to know that this guy isn't an ideal Christian?
You know the arguments; we don't--in fact we don't care what they are, it's between two groups of deluded people arguing about which delusion is the correct version, as far as we are concerned. So go use those arguments on the redneck, and others like him. Your time here trying to excuse Christianity from the deeds of its followers is wasted.
I have to admit I am strongly suspicious that you are more worried about Christianity getting a black eye from these people, than you are about actually opposing what these people do--otherwise you'd not be here with this "oh these people aren't real Christians" bullshit, you'd be over there on Xian forums taking people like this bigoted throwback to task.
I expound on this in further detail here http://letreasonreign.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/open-letter-to-chris... (I've also cross posted it elsewhere on this forum). I don't imagine you'll want to take the beating I dish out there, but maybe someone else here will find it edifying.
You mean the cheap ripoff of the golden rule? Yeah not as impressive as you might think, yet these rednecks don't even manage to remember that.
I've been on this sight for a long time and I think you have the best drugs Michael. The bible calls for murdering endless waves of innocent people.
All the time.
Michael: what the fuck is that supposed to mean?
He's trying to claim the "slightly inbred-looking redneck" isn't a real Xian.
I have it on good authority that the "slightly inbred-looking redneck" is also not a true scotsman.
I haven't had anything like that happen to me before.
Though if I did, I would have laughed out loud.
I had a run in in the "european bible belt" of Southern Europe.
We were in a Restaurant, (me and my Girlfriend) in a Village in Andalucia. We talked about Politics and somehow came upon the topic of religion. I made a remark that Jesus would probably enter a righteous fury if he saw how people hide behind his name while turning his temples into money making machines.
Even from a religious perspective i cannot see how that would be offensive, they didnt know i was an atheist.
A woman at the table beside us leaned over and told us that jesus has only love, no fury and we should stop talkiing about him in front of her children.
At which point my inner self probably reacted a bit to subconsciously and i asked her if the love of jesus included gays and lesbians.
I will spare you the details of what followed, basically she nearly started hyperventilating and we were asked to pay and leave.
Which is a shame, they had great tapas.
Apparently the Cult of Dusty has succeeded in being prophetic.