Death threats aimed at American Atheists populated the Fox News Facebook page after Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, appeared on America Live with Megyn Kelly Thursday.
Scott’s appearance on Fox News was motivated by the recent complaint filed by American Atheists and others with the state of New York asking for fair and equal treatment by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
American Atheists argue that inclusion of the 9/11 cross and the exclusion of representations suitable to non-Christians constitutes a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
Apparently for many self identified Christians, the request by atheists for fair and equal treatment under the law was too much to handle. The explosion of hate coming off the Fox News Facebook page is alarming. As one might expect, freethinkers and atheists are deeply uncomfortable with the death threats.
American Atheists report that moderators on the Fox News Facebook page had been trying diligently to delete the violent threats, but not before they were screen-captured by a diligent American Atheists member named Robert Posey.
(For screen shots of just a few of the death theats that have been preserved, please see the slide show.)
The following is a sample of relevant tweets regarding the death threats hurled at atheists from Friday’s Twitter stream
Xtian Terrorism. “@AmericanAtheist: FOX News Facebook Page on 9/11 Cross Generates Death Threats Against Atheists
Violent posts FOX NewsFB Page about Atheists.”if I could shoot all of you in the head with a 12 gauge I would” scary.
Wow. Just wow. Commenters on Fox News advocating violence against atheists
Ever wonder why atheists are sometimes afraid to voice their secular views? It’s because of d-bag Christians like these
*snicker* that’s not WJWD duh FOX News Facebook Page on 9/11 Cross Generates Death Threats Against Atheists
The following comments were found on the American Atheist website:
Its really sad religious people post this Hate mail and the sad part is their suppose to be so loving and understanding. Its just a farce on their part. Well, they can threaten us all they want but they won’t silence our voices.
Thankfully these people are a minority, but I feel something needs to be done about these death threats. Whether you threaten atheist or religious leader it is no less intolerable! It’s nice to see they can’t always hide their bad eggs, but remember they are the bad eggs, not everyone is like this.
What do you think?