This finding comes as no surprise. Social science has long revealed high rates of secularphobia – the irrational dislike, distrust, fear, or hatred of nonreligious people – within American society. For example, a study by Penny Edgell of the University of Minnesota, from back in 2006, found that atheists come in last place when Americans are asked to rank members of certain racial, ethnic, or religious groups as potential spouses for their kids. And a Gallup poll from 2012 found that 43 pecent of Americans said that they would not vote for an atheist for president, putting atheists in last/worst place, behind Muslims (40 percent of Americans said they wouldn’t vote for a Muslim for president), homosexuals (30 percent wouldn’t), Mormons (18 percent wouldn’t), Latinos (7 percent wouldn’t), Jews (6 percent wouldn’t), Catholics (5 percent wouldn’t), women (5 percent wouldn’t) and African Americans (4 percent wouldn’t).
Additionally, psychology professor Adrian Furnham found that people give lower priority to patients with atheist or agnostic views than to Christian patients when asked to rank them on a waiting list to receive a kidney, and legal scholar Eugene Volokh has documented the degree to which atheist parents have been denied custody rights in the wake of a divorce.
Consider further evidence of secularphobia in America: It is illegal for an atheist to hold public office in seven states; atheists aren’t allowed in the Boy Scouts, the American Legion, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Humanist chaplains are barred from serving in our nation’s military; charities regularly reject donations that are offered by secularist organizations. And while secular Americans have never faced the kind of prejudice, hostility, and violence experienced by Native Americans, African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans, Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, or homosexuals, there is still no question that atheists, agnostics, secularists, and others who eschew religion are widely disliked.
There is no single, universal cause of secularphobia, and the dislike of non-religious people has varying sources in different societies and at different times in history; what caused people to hate the secular in Jerusalem in 300 B.C.E. or in Tegucigalpa in 1799 is certainly different from what causes people to dislike the secular in Rhode Island today.
That said, we can account for the current level of secularphobia in the US by considering these four factors:
1. Americans equate a lack of religiosity in general – or atheism specifically – with immorality.
2. Americans equate a lack of religiosity in general – or atheism specifically – with being un-American and/or unpatriotic.
3. There is no stigma concerning the expressed dislike of the non-religious. While there is a stigma (to varying degrees, depending on one’s social milieu) attached to being racist, or anti-Semitic, or Islamophobic, or homophobic – there has never existed a social or cultural backlash against people who openly express disdain for secular folks. So people simply feel much more comfortable expressing their dislike for atheists than, say, Latinas/os or women.
4. Insecurity on the part of the religious. Faith – believing claims without sufficient evidence, or claiming to know things that you don’t or can’t know – is an increasingly shaky endeavor. And in order for religious faith to survive, it requires a lot of social support: the more people who share it, the easier it is to maintain and reproduce. Thus, anyone who rejects the tenets of your faith, or calls them in to question, is a threat. Atheists lack a faith in God, and thus theists are particularly threatened by the growing presence of such humans, as they call into question the very thing that is ever so shaky to begin with: religious faith.
How can secular folk counter or contend with the four points above?
BURGESS HILL, England — Every morning on his walk to work, high school teacher Graham Wright recited a favorite Anglican prayer and asked God for strength in the day ahead. Then two years ago, he just stopped.
Wright, 59, said he was overwhelmed by a feeling that religion had become a negative influence in his life and the world. Although he once considered becoming an Anglican vicar, he suddenly found that religion represented nothing he believed in, from Muslim extremists blowing themselves up in God’s name to Christians condemning gays, contraception and stem cell research.
“I stopped praying because I lost my faith,” said Wright, 59, a thoughtful man with graying hair and clear blue eyes. “Now I truly loathe any sight or sound of religion. I blush at what I used to believe.”
Wright is now an avowed atheist and part of a growing number of vocal nonbelievers in Europe and the United States. On both sides of the Atlantic, membership in once-quiet groups of nonbelievers is rising, and books attempting to debunk religion have been surprise bestsellers, including “The God Delusion,” by Oxford University professor Richard Dawkins.
New groups of nonbelievers are sprouting on college campuses, anti-religious blogs are expanding across the Internet, and in general, more people are publicly saying they have no religious faith.
More than three out of four people in the world consider themselves religious, and those with no faith are a distinct minority. But especially in richer nations, and nowhere more than in Europe, growing numbers of people are actively saying they don’t believe there is a heaven or a hell or anything other than this life.
Many analysts trace the rise of what some are calling the “nonreligious movement” to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The sight of religious fanatics killing 3,000 people caused many to begin questioning — and rejecting — all religion.
“This is overwhelmingly the topic of the moment,” said Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society of Britain. “Religion in this country was very quiet until September 11, and now it is at the center of everything.”
Since the 2001 attacks, a string of religiously inspired bomb and murder plots has shaken Europe. Muslim radicals killed 52 people on the London public transit system in 2005 and 191 on Madrid trains in 2004. People apparently aiming for a reward in heaven were arrested in Britain last year for trying to blow up transatlantic jetliners. And earlier this month in Germany, authorities arrested converts to Islam on charges that they planned to blow up American facilities there.
Many Europeans are angry at demands to use taxpayer money to accommodate Islam, Europe’s fastest-growing religion, which now has as many as 20 million followers on the continent. Along with calls for prayer rooms in police stations, foot baths in public places and funding for Islamic schools and mosques, expensive legal battles have broken out over the niqab, the Muslim veil that covers all but the eyes, which some devout women seek to wear in classrooms and court.
Christian fundamentalist groups who want to halt certain science research, reverse abortion and gay rights and teach creationism rather than evolution in schools are also angering people, according to Sanderson and others.
“There is a feeling that religion is being forced on an unwilling public, and now people are beginning to speak out against what they see as rising Islamic and Christian militancy,” Sanderson said.
Though the number of nonbelievers speaking their minds is rising, academics say it’s impossible to calculate how many people silently share that view. Many people who do not consider themselves religious or belong to any faith group often believe, even if vaguely, in a supreme being or an afterlife. Others are not sure what they believe.
The term atheist can imply aggressiveness in disbelief; many who don’t believe in God prefer to call themselves humanists, secularists, freethinkers, rationalists or, a more recently coined term, brights.
“Where religion is weak, people don’t feel a need to organize against it,” said Phil Zuckerman, an American academic who has written extensively about atheism around the globe.
He and others said secular groups are also gaining strength in countries where religious influence over society looms large, including India, Israel and Turkey. “Any time we see an outspoken movement against religion, it tells us that religion has power there,” Zuckerman said.
One group of nonbelievers in particular is attracting attention in Europe: the Council of Ex-Muslims. Founded earlier this year in Germany, the group now has a few hundred members and an expanding number of chapters across the continent. “You can’t tell us religion is peaceful — look around at the misery it is causing,” said Maryam Namazie, leader of the group’s British chapter.
She and other leaders of the council held a news conference in The Hague to launch the Dutch chapter on Sept. 11, the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States. “We are all atheists and nonbelievers, and our goal is not to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth,” but to make it a private matter that is not imposed on others, she said.
The majority of nonbelievers say they are speaking out only because of religious fanatics. But some atheists are also extreme, urging people, for example, to blot out the words “In God We Trust” from every dollar bill they carry.
Gaining political clout and access to television and radio airtime is the goal of many of these groups. With a higher profile, they say, they could, for instance, lobby for all religious rooms in public hospitals to be closed, as a response to Muslims demanding prayer rooms because Christians have chapels.
Associations of nonbelievers are also moving to address the growing demand in Britain, Spain, Italy and other European countries for nonreligious weddings, funerals and celebrations for new babies. They are helping arrange ceremonies that steer clear of talk of God, heaven and miracles and celebrate, as they say, “this one life we know.”
The British Humanist Association, which urges people who think “the government pays too much attention to religious groups” to join them, has seen its membership double in two years to 6,500.
A humanist group in the British Parliament that looks out for the rights of the nonreligious now has about 120 members, up from about 25 a year ago.
Doreen Massey, a Labor Party member of the House of Lords who belongs to that group, said most British people don’t want legislators to make public policy decisions on issues such as abortion and other health matters based on their religious beliefs.
But the church has disproportionate power and influence in Parliament, she said. For example, she said, polls show that 80 percent of Britons want the terminally ill who are in pain to have the right to a medically assisted death, yet such proposals have been effectively killed by a handful of powerful bishops.
“We can’t accept that religious faiths have a monopoly on ethics, morality and spirituality,” Massey said. Now, she added, humanist and secularist groups are becoming “more confident and more powerful” and recognize that they represent the wishes of huge numbers of people.
While the faithful have traditionally met like-minded people at the local church, mosque or synagogue, it has long been difficult for those without religion to find each other. The expansion of the Internet has made it a vital way for nonbelievers to connect.
In retirement centers, restaurants, homes and public lectures and debates, nonbelievers are convening to talk about how to push back what they see as increasingly intrusive religion.
“Born Again Atheist,” “Happy Heathen” and other anti-religious T-shirts and bumper stickers are increasingly seen on the streets. Groups such as the Skeptics in the Pub in London, which recently met to discuss this topic, “God: The Failed Hypothesis,” are now finding that they need bigger rooms to accommodate those who find them online.
Wright, the teacher who recently declared himself a nonbeliever, is one of thousands of people who have joined dues-paying secular and humanist groups in Europe this year.
Sitting in his living room on a quiet cul-de-sac in this English town of 30,000, Wright said he now goes online every day to keep up with the latest atheist news.
“One has to step up and stem the rise of religious influence,” said Wright, who is thinking of becoming a celebrant at humanist funerals. He said he recently went to the church funeral of his brother-in-law and couldn’t bear the “vacuous prayers of the vicar,” who, Wright said, “looked bored and couldn’t wait to leave.”
Now, instead of each morning silently reciting a favorite nighttime prayer, “Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord, and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers . . . ” (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer), he spends the time just thinking about the day ahead.
He said his deceased mother, a Catholic, was comforted by her faith: “It kept her going through difficult times,” particularly when his father left her when he and his sister were young.
“I really don’t know how I will react if something really bad happens,” he said. “But there is no going back. There is nothing to go back to.”
Not believing in an afterlife, he said, “makes you think you have to make the most of this life. It’s the now that matters. It also makes you feel a greater urgency of things that matter,” such as halting global warming, and not just dismissing it as being “all in God’s plan.”
He called himself heartened that the National Secular Society, which he recently joined, is planning to open chapters at a dozen universities this fall. The rising presence of the nonreligious movement, he said, is “fantastic.”
“It’s a bit of opposition, isn’t it?” he said. “Why should these religious groups hold so much sway?”
The Washington Posthas an article on the rise of the vocal atheist. It starts out with the story of a man who was a life long Anglican and who one day just decided he no longer believed. I’ve seen the same thing happen to other people. There is a clear increase in the number of individuals who identify as atheists. In recent years, among young people, the number of self-identified atheists has doubled.
Of course we don’t know the true number of atheists. Many atheists are aware of friends who put on the pretence of religion but privately admit to being atheists. Even some clergy fall into this category. What percentage of pews or pulpits are occupied by atheists is anyone’s guess.
In recent years polls in the US have shown that religious Americans are more likely to vote for a Muslim, in spite of the 9/11 attacks, than for an atheist regardless of their qualifications. The same sort of disdain for atheists carries into their private lives. All of this reduces the likelihood of an atheist speaking out. Many remain closeted but that doesn’t alter the fact that are atheists.
Yet in spite of this, the number of self-identified atheists is increasing rather rapidly. But that is only part of the phenomenon. The number of atheists who are being open about their atheism is increasing as well. And the number of atheists who are becoming vocal is also increasing. So, not only are the number of non-believers increasing, but those who do exist are becoming more militant and vocal.
The article discusses the rise of the Council of Ex-Muslims in Europe, which was founded in Germany a few months ago with several hundred members. It has created chapters in England and Holland as well. Maryam Namazie, the head of the English chapter said: “We are all atheists and non-believers, and our goal is not to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth.” Instead they are trying to make religion entirely private and strip it of the power to control the lives of non-believers.
The article quotes an academic who has studied the rise of atheism. Phil Zuckerman says: “Anytime we see an outspoken movement against religion, it tells us that religion has power there.” And one atheist is quoted saying: “There is a feeling that religion is being forced on an unwilling public, and now people are beginning to speak out against what they see as rising Islamic and Christian militancy.”
Strictly speaking, an atheist merely lacks a belief in a deity of any kind. It is not a rallying point, nor a particularly reason for social cohesion. Not being something is not something around which a common identity can be forged. The natural tendency, in my opinion, is for atheists to be a relatively unorganized because of this. Atheist organizations will generally contain only a very small percentage of non-believers. Atheists have no more in common with each other than do people who don’t believe in Santa Claus.
But recent world events has forced a rethink. Two things have happened. One is the 9/11 attacks, along with the rise of militant Islamists conducting other terrorist attacks. The second is that religious extremists — Muslims in Europe and Christians in America — have been demanding that more and more state power, meaning coercion, be used to further their agenda.
In both cases these militant fundamentalists are actively trying to impose their stilted world view on the rest of society. Witness the fits they go into over the gay marriage issue. Now if marriage equality is passed no fundamentalists will be forced to marry a same sex partner. They are free to shun the arrangement completely. They don’t want to be left alone, they want the law to prevent others from having the same relationships they can enjoy.
Fundamentalists complain if they are censored. But they are not against censorship. They favor it, provided they get to decide who shall be censored. Nor are they advocates of government leaving people alone. They want government to leave the religious alone and to actively harass others. And they have become increasingly vocal about such demands.
But the worst part for them was that they, and George Bush, entered in some sort of uncivil union. We saw the merger of church and state, the creation of the Theopublican movement. George Bush became their most visible representative. And for that, atheists should thank God.
The Theopublican agenda has been so closely linked to the Bush agenda that the dishonesty, viciousness and ineptness of the Bush administration now tarnishes Christianity itself. Whether that should be case is another question. Bush has been a PR disaster for the two things he is most closely tied to: the Republican Party and God.
On the other side of the world religious fanatics have unleashed their Dark Ages philosophy wherever they can. Islamists have killed thousands and thousands of people. Islamist governments kill people by the hundreds. And they do so in the most barbaric ways. The world is disgusted with Islam as a result. Even many Muslims have become disgusted with Islam.
The fundamentalists of the world, mainly Christian and Muslim, have breathed life into the atheist movement. In many ways they are creating a new, vocal atheist movement.
As I noted, there is no common ground for atheists. You can’t build a movement around a non-belief. But the fastest way to build a movement is to find a threat that intimidates people. Environmentalists know this, which is why they have an endless series of scare stories and have had then for decades now. H.L. Mencken noticed that political movements often succeed by “menacing” people “with an endless string of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” When people face a common threat, or enemy, they tend to unify. Republicans know this. That’s why they pushed the antigay campaign for several years. They wanted to build a fear campaign around homosexuals to unify the Religions Right. Now they are doing the same over immigrants.
If imaginary hobgoblins work well in creating a movement then real hobgoblins are even better. And rational people have felt threatened by Islamism and Theopublicanism. There it is — the reason for the rise of vocal, militant atheism. People are becoming atheists in larger numbers, or becoming more vocal and active atheists, precisely because the religious extremists have, or are trying, to seize power in order to inflict their agenda on the rest of society.
The moral majoritarians don’t merely want to avoid erotica. They want to force you to avoid it as well — regardless of your personal preferences. They want to burn the magazines, and some no doubt, the publishers as well. The Islamists don’t want the right to worship Allah. They want to deny you the right to not worship him. It’s not that these people want to lead lives abstaining from what they see as sin but that they want the state to punish you if you sin according to their religion.
I became an atheist over two decades ago. I remember sitting in my apartment one morning looking into the garden while reading a book on the logic of theism. I had been a Christian, attended Christian schools, was active in the church, and even attended Bible college. I had no doubts about a deity but then I never gave the matter much thought — something which is always conducive to faith. But that day I did give it some thought and concluded that a deity was a highly irrational assumption on my part and that the evidence was not there to support the belief I adopted. So at that point I abandoned it and haven’t looked back since.
But I was a quiet atheist for years. I did condemn the Moral Majoritarians and the like but pretty much ignored the religious impulses behind this new authoritarianism. But as time went by the nascent movement of theocrats in the 70s and 80s became increasingly shrill and illiberal and powerful. Their movement got uglier and more vicious. They were voracious for power. And then comes 9/11 with the praying fanatics who managed to kill 3,000 people in one day. I watched the second plane hit that tower as it happened on television. And I can’t escape the images of people leaping out of the burning building 100 floors above the ground, to their deaths. Watching these living human beings plummeting to their death was more than I could stomach.
And then I ran into some “orthodox Christians” who were pushing the theocratic agenda. And they felt I was an obstacle to them. So they engaged in a concerted hate campaign that turned my life into a living hell. And they enjoyed it. They relished it. They even bragged about it.
When I added all these things up in my head I concluded that I was obligated to not only reject the faith statements of theism, but that I ought to be more vocal about the threats and dangers as well. I was pushed into the position of being a “militant atheist” much against my own inclination. I’ve always been an adherent of the “live and let live” view of the world. But I realized that some people simply refuse to let you live and you have no recourse but to resist. So I went from quiet non belief to vocal atheism.
Apparently the same thing is happening in the educated nations of the world. Atheism is on the rise. The numbers of non-believers are escalating as people reconsider religion based on the results that they see around them. And those who, like me, were quiet atheists, have decided to put an end to their silence.
The massive sales of atheist books in the last year, works by Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, are the result of millions of people rethinking religion because of the actions of the religious. People are not buying these books because of Dennett, Dawkins and Harris. They are more likely to be doing so because of the Bushs and bin Ladens of the world. The real salesmen of atheism have been the theists not the atheists.
And when these theists started grabbing political power they gave millions of people the incentive to organize in opposition. If there were an Academy Award for atheism the recipients would have to get up and give a speech along these lines:
I want to thank all those people who made this possible. In particular George Bush and Osama bin Laden. Without you guys this just wouldn’t have been possible. Of course there are so many to thank. I should mention Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell as well but it was really the little people who deserve the thanks. All those people bashing on gays, bombing abortion clinics, closing down adult shops. And we can’t forget the guys who arrest people for selling dildos, or cut off the heads of infidels or slit the throats of sinners. And all those parents who murder their own children in ‘honor’ killings or let them die without medical care because medicine indicates a lack of faith. Your campaigns in the Shiavo case, to promote ‘faith based’ initiatives and to eradicate the separation of church and state, or mosque and state helped. All of you made this possible. Without your help we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thanks for making this possible.
Nothing says love quite like Christian and Muslim and Jews hate of us atheists. Here is a whole bunch of YouTube videos that show complete and utter murderous hate of us atheists by Christians, Muslims and Jews.
And Christians, Muslims and Jews wonder why atheists would be oh so pissed off about any of this? And Christians, Muslims and Jews would scream bloody murder if atheists said or did any of these things to Christians, Muslims and Jews, what they have said about us atheists.
Why is it perfectly ok for Christians, Muslims and Jews to scream, foaming at the mouths like rabid dogs, such brutal hatred and death against us atheists without their facing any consequences for their own actions? Why are they above the law? Why are they allowed to demand brutal deaths of atheists, or commit brutal deaths of atheists, or deny rights to atheists, while proclaiming rights for themselves?
Christians, Muslims and Jews wonder why atheists are so fucking pissed at them? Well maybe if they were the ones subjected to all this hate and death? They would understand.
Of course? Christians will cry about how Muslims persecute them and put them to death. Muslims cry about how Christians and Jews persecute them and put them to death and Jews cry about being persecuted and put to death by everyone else.
But they got no fucking problem with demanding the brutal deaths of putting to brutal deaths atheists. And then in their fucking hypocrisy? They cry about how us atheists are persecuting them when we atheists stand up and defend ourselves against these vile, evil, deadly attacks against us by Christians, Muslims and Jews.
TO WHICH I STATE: AS YOU SOW? SO SHALL YOU REAP AND DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WANT THEM TO DO UNTO YOU.
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Basically for myself? I prefer to get freshly baptised Catholic babies. First? I brine it in a combination of salted water and add some garlic and onions to it along with some great hungarian paprika. Then? I get the smoker going, with some hicory wood chips and slow smoke that sucker until it is falling off the bone tender. And I serve the meat with a nice bowl of fava beans along with a nice Chianti.
THE INNOCENT BLOOD OF ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE ON THE HANDS AND HEADS OF FACEBOOK CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG AND COO SHERYL SANDBERG, THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ALL EMPLOYEES OF FASCISTBOOK.
A nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 36 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.
In nine cases, perpetrators hailed Trump in the midst or immediate aftermath of physically attacking innocent victims. In another 10 cases, perpetrators cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others. And in another 10 cases, Trump and his rhetoric were cited in court to explain a defendant’s violent or threatening behavior.
The 36 cases identified by ABC News are remarkable in that a link to the president is captured in court documents and police statements, under the penalty of perjury or contempt.
In many cases of assault or threat, charges are never filed,
perpetrators are never identified or the incident is never even reported
to authorities. And most criminal acts committed by Trump supporters or
his detractors have nothing to do with the president. But in 36 cases,
court records and police reports indicated some sort of link.
The perpetrators and suspects identified in the 36 cases are mostly
white men — as young as teenagers and as old as 75 — while the victims
largely represent an array of minority groups — African-Americans,
Latinos, Muslims and gay men.
Federal law enforcement authorities have privately told ABC News they
worry that — even with Trump’s public denunciations of violence — Trump’s style
could inspire violence-prone individuals to take action against
minorities or others they perceive to be against the president’s agenda.
“Any public figure could have the effect of inspiring people,” FBI
Director Chris Wray told a Senate panel in July. “But remember that the
people who commit hate fueled violence are not logical, rational
Beating of homeless man because Trump psychos thought he was an illegal.
Aug. 19, 2015: In Boston, after he and his brother beat
a sleeping homeless man of Mexican descent with a metal pole, Steven
Leader, 30, told police “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need
to be deported.” The victim, however, was not in the United States
illegally. The brothers, who are white, ultimately pleaded guilty to several assault-related charges and were each sentenced to at least two years in prison.
Another Trumpanzee psycho threatening to put bullets in the heads of colored people.
Dec. 5, 2015: After Penn State University student
Nicholas Tavella, 19, was charged with “ethnic intimidation” and other
crimes for threatening to “put a bullet” in a young Indian man on
campus, his attorney argued in court that Tavella was just motivated by
“a love of country,” not “hate.” “Donald Trump is running for President
of the United States saying that, ‘We’ve got to check people out more
closely,'” Tavella’s attorney argued in his defense. Tavella, who is
white, ultimately pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and was sentenced to up to two years in prison.
Threatening to murder President Barack Obama and other federal officials. Posts threatening messages on Twitter and Facebook and they do nothing about his hate speech.
April 28, 2016: When FBI agents arrested 61-year-old John Martin Roos in White City, Oregon, for threatening federal officials, including then-President Barack Obama,
they found several pipe bombs and guns in his home. In the three months
before his arrest, Roos posted at least 34 messages to Twitter about
Trump, repeatedly threatening African Americans, Muslims, Mexican
immigrants and the “liberal media,” and in court documents, prosecutors
noted that the avowed Trump supporter posted this threatening message to
Facebook a month earlier: “The establishment is trying to steal the
election from Trump. … Obama is already on a kill list … Your [name]
can be there too.” Roos, who is white, has since pleaded guilty to
possessing an unregistered explosive device and posting internet threats
against federal officials. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison.
“Donald Trump will fix them” as Trumpanzee psycho attacks African American neighbor with knife.
June 3, 2016: After 54-year-old Henry Slapnik
attacked his African-American neighbors with a knife in Cleveland, he
told police “Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of
Donald Trump,” according to police reports. Slapnik, who is white,
ultimately pleaded guilty to “ethnic intimidation” and other charges.
It’s unclear what sentence he received.
Attack of bi-racial couple with knife by Trump psycho who then said he was going to Trump rally to stomp out more Black Lives Matter group.
Aug. 16, 2016: In Olympia, Washington, 32-year-old
Daniel Rowe attacked a white woman and a black man with a knife after
seeing them kiss on a popular street. When police arrived on the scene,
Rowe professed to being “a white supremacist” and said “he planned on
heading down to the next Donald Trump rally and stomping out more of the
Black Lives Matter group,” according to court documents filed in the case. Rowe, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of assault and malicious harassment, and he was sentenced to more than four years in prison.
“Donald Trump is the last hope for white people.” says Trump psycho assaulting African American teen.
Sept. 1, 2016: The then-chief of the Bordentown, New Jersey, police department, Frank Nucera, allegedly assaulted
an African American teenager who was handcuffed. Federal prosecutors
said the attack was part of Nucera’s “intense racial animus,” noting in
federal court that “within hours” of the assault, Nucera was secretly
recorded saying “Donald Trump is the last hope for white people.” The
60-year-old Nucera has been indicted by a federal grand jury on three
charges, including committing a federal hate crime. Nucera, who is
white, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. He retired two
Trump psycho threatens to blow up mosque on Facebook but Facebook does nothing about his hate speech.
September 2016: After 40-year-old Mark Feigin of Los Angeles was arrested for posting anti-Muslim and allegedly threatening statements to a mosque’s Facebook page, his attorney argued in court that the comments were protected by the First Amendment because Feigin was “using similar language and expressing similar views” to “campaign statements from then-candidate Donald Trump.” Noting that his client “supported Donald Trump,” attorney Caleb Mason added that “Mr. Feigin’s comments were directed toward a pressing issue of public concern that was a central theme of the Trump campaign and the 2016 election generally: the Islamic roots of many international and U.S. terrorist acts.” Feigin, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sending harassing communications electronically. He was sentenced to probation.
Plot to bomb apartment complex full of Somali immigrants.
Oct. 13, 2016: After the FBI arrested three white
Kansas men for plotting to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City,
Kansas, where many Somali immigrants lived, one of the men’s attorneys
insisted to a federal judge that the plot was “self-defensive” because
the three men believed “that if Donald Trump won the election, President
Obama would not recognize the validity of those results, that he would
declare martial law, and that at that point militias all over the
country would have to step in.” Then, after a federal grand jury convicted 47-year-old Patrick Stein and the two other men of conspiracy-related charges, Stein’s attorney argued
for a lighter sentence based on “the backdrop” of Stein’s actions:
Trump had become “the voice of a lost and ignored white, working-class
set of voters” like Stein, and the “climate” at the time could propel
someone like Stein to “go to 11,” attorney Jim Pratt said in court.
Stein and his two accomplices were each sentenced to at least 25 years
“Gonna burn your house down” says Trumpanzee psycho to Muslim family who bought house next door to him.
Nov. 3, 2016: In Tampa, Florida, David Howard
threatened to burn down the house next to his “simply because” it was
being purchased by a Muslim family, according to the Justice Department.
He later said under oath that while he harbored a years-long dislike
for Muslims, the circumstances around the home sale were “the match that
lit the wick.” He cited Trump’s warnings about immigrants from
majority-Muslim countries. “[With] the fact that the president wants
these six countries vetted, everybody vetted before they come over,
there’s a concern about Muslims,” Howard said. Howard, who is white,
ultimately pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation, and the
59-year-old was sentenced to eight months in prison.
Assault of a hispanic man. “This is for Donald Trump.”
Nov. 10, 2016: A 23-year-old man from High Springs,
Florida, allegedly assaulted an unsuspecting Hispanic man who was
cleaning a parking lot outside of a local food store. “[H]e was suddenly
struck in the back of the head,” a police report said of the victim.
“[The victim] asked the suspect why he hit him, to which the suspect
replied, ‘This is for Donald Trump.’ The suspect then grabbed [the
victim] by the jacket and proceeded to strike him several more times,”
according to the report. Surveillance video of the incident “completely
corroborated [the victim’s] account of events,” police said. The suspect
was arrested on battery charges, but the case was dropped after the
victim decided not to pursue the matter, police said. Efforts by ABC
News to reach the victim for further explanation were not successful.
Ethnic intimidation by a Trumpanzee who attacked a cab driver.
Nov. 12, 2016: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, while attacking a cab driver
from East Africa, 23-year-old Jacob Holtzlander shouted racial epithets
and repeatedly yelled the word, “Trump,” according to law enforcement
records. Holtzlander, who is white, ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of ethnic intimidation, and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Attack of a Muslim woman wearing a hajib. “Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you.”
Jan. 25, 2017: At JFK International Airport in New
York, a female Delta employee, wearing a hijab in accordance with her
Muslim faith, was “physically and verbally” attacked by 57-year-old
Robin Rhodes of Worcester, Mass., “for no apparent reason,” prosecutors said
at the time. When the victim asked Brown what she did to him, he
replied: “You did nothing, but … [Expletive] Islam. [Expletive] ISIS.
Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you.” Rhodes ultimately
pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “menacing,” and he was
sentenced to probation.
Trump psycho calls a mosque and threatens to shoot them all after Trump falsely claimed on Facebook and Twitter that Muslim terrorists launched an attack in Sweden.
Feb. 19, 2017: After 35-year-old Gerald Wallace called a
mosque in Miami Gardens, Florida, and threatened to “shoot all y’all,”
he told the FBI and police that he made the call because he “got angry”
from a local TV news report about a terrorist act. At a rally in Florida
the day before, Trump falsely claimed that Muslim refugees had just launched a terrorist attack in Sweden.
Wallace’s attorney, Katie Carmon, later tried to convince a federal judge that the threat to kill worshippers could be “protected speech” due to the “very distinctly political climate” at the time. “There are courts considering President Trump’s travel ban … and the president himself has made some very pointed statements about what he thinks about people of this descent,” Carmon argued in court.
Wallace, who is African American, ultimately pleaded guilty to
obstructing the free exercise of his victims’ religious beliefs, and he
was sentenced to one year in prison.
Trump homophobe attacks gay couple. “You live in Trump country now.”
Feb. 23, 2017: Kevin Seymour and his partner Kevin
price were riding their bicycles in Key West, Florida, when a man on a
moped, 30-year-old Brandon Davis of North Carolina, hurled anti-gay
slurs at them and “intentionally” ran into Seymour’s bike, shouting,
“You live in Trump country now,” according to police reports and Davis’
attorney. Davis ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of battery
evidencing prejudice, but in court, he expressed remorse and was sentenced to four years of probation.
Trumpanzee hater on Muslims.
May 3, 2017: In South Padre Island, Texas, 35-year-old Alexander Jennes Downing of Waterford, Connecticut, was captured on cellphone video
taunting and aggressively approaching a Muslim family, repeatedly
shouting, “Donald Trump will stop you!” and other Trump-related remarks.
Police arrested downing, of Waterford, Connecticut, for public
intoxication. It’s unclear what came of the charge.
Another Trumpanzee psycho threatening to murder Congresswoman Maxine Waters due to the twisting of her words via lies spread on Facebook by Trump and his Trumpanzees.
Oct. 22, 2017: A 44-year-old California man threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for her frequent criticism of Trump and her promise to “take out” the president. Anthony Scott Lloyd left a voicemail at the congresswoman’s Washington office, declaring: “If you continue to make threats towards the president, you’re going to wind up dead, Maxine. Cause we’ll kill you.” After pleading guilty to one count of threatening a U.S. official, Lloyd asked the judge for leniency, saying he suffered from addiction-inducing mental illness and became “far too immersed in listening to polarizing political commentators and engaging in heated political debates online.” His lawyer put it this way to the judge: “Mr. Lloyd was a voracious consumer of political news online, on television and on radio … [that are] commonly viewed as ‘right wing,’ unconditionally supportive of President Trump, and fiercely critical of anyone who opposed President Trump’s policies.” The judge sentenced Lloyd to six months of house arrest and three years of probation.
Death threats against the Boston Globe, but Facebook does not care about Trump’s hate speech and practical death speech against the Boston Globe, NYT or any other news media as long as he keeps bring in the money to them. I wonder how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg would love to get constant death threats like these?
August 2018: After the Boston Globe called on news
outlets around the country to resist what it called “Trump’s assault on
journalism,” the Boston Globe received more than a dozen threatening
phone calls. “You are the enemy of the people,” the alleged caller,
68-year-old Robert Chain of Encino, California, told a Boston Globe
employee on Aug. 22. “As long as you keep attacking the President, the
duly elected President of the United States … I will continue to
threat[en], harass, and annoy the Boston Globe.” A week later,
authorities arrested Chain
on threat-related charges. After a hearing in his case, he told
reporters, “America was saved when Donald J. Trump was elected
president.” Chain has pleaded guilty to seven threat-related charges,
and he is awaiting sentencing.
Another Trump psycho threatens to kill Democratic office holders, members of their family and members of both local and federal law enforcement, but Facebook and Twitter did nothing to stop his psycho hate rants on his profile.
Oct. 4, 2018: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida arrested
53-year-old James Patrick of Winter Haven, Florida, for allegedly
threatening “to kill Democratic office holders, members of their
families and members of both local and federal law enforcement
agencies,” according to a police report. In messages posted online,
Patrick detailed a “plan” for his attacks, which he said he would launch
if then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh was not confirmed as a Supreme Court
justice, the police report said. Seeking Patrick’s release from jail
after his arrest, Patrick’s attorney, Terri Stewart, told a judge that
her client’s “rantings” were akin to comments from “a certain
high-ranking official” — Trump. The president had “threatened the North
Korean people — to blow them all up. It was on Twitter,” Stewart said,
according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Patrick has been charged with
making a written threat to kill or injure, and he has pleaded not
guilty. His trial is pending.
15 bombs sent by Trump psycho to prominent critics and members of news media but Facebook did not care about his hate speech he posted there.
Late October 2018: Over the course of a week, Florida
man Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed at least 15 potential bombs to
prominent critics of Trump and members of the media. Sayoc had been
living in a van plastered with pro-Trump stickers, and he had posted
several pro-Trump messages on social media. Federal prosecutors have
accused him of “domestic terrorism,” and Sayoc has since pleaded guilty
to 65 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction. He was sentenced
to 20 years in prison. “We believe the president’s rhetoric contributed
to Mr. Sayoc’s behavior,” Sayoc’s attorney told the judge at
Trump psycho tells Senator “I’m going to put a bullet in ya for your constant lambasting of President Trump.”
Dec. 4, 2018: Michael Brogan, 51, of Brooklyn, New
York, left a voicemail at an unidentified U.S. Senator’s office in
Washington insisting, “I’m going to put a bullet in ya. … You and your
constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights,
reproductive rights.” He later told an FBI agent that before leaving the
voicemail he became “very angry” by “an internet video of the Senator,
including the Senator’s criticism of the President of the United States
as well as the Senator’s views on reproductive rights.” “The threats
were made to discourage the Senator from criticizing the President,” the
Justice Department said in a later press release. Brogan has since pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a U.S. official, and he is awaiting sentencing.
Trump psycho threatens to murder Congresswoman Maxine Waters thanks to the lies Facebook and Twitter allowed Trump to spew against her on those sites.
Jan. 17, 2019: Stephen Taubert of Syracuse, New York,
was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police for threatening to kill Rep.
Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and for threatening to “hang” former President
Barack Obama. Taubert used “overtly bigoted, hateful language” in his
threats, according to federal prosecutors. On July 20, 2018, Taubert
called the congresswoman’s Los Angeles office to say he would find her
at public events and kill her and her entire staff. In a letter to the
judge just days before Taubert’s trial began, his defense attorney,
Courtenay McKeon, noted: “During that time period, Congresswoman Waters
was embroiled in a public feud with the Trump administration. … On June
25, 2018, in response to Congresswoman Waters’ public statements,
President Trump tweeted: ‘Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an
extraordinarily low IQ person, has … just called for harm to supporters …
of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for
Max!'” As McKeon insisted to the judge: “This context is relevant to the
case.” A federal jury ultimately convicted
Taubert on three federal charges, including retaliating against a
federal official and making a threat over state lines. He was sentenced
to nearly four years in prison.
Trump will handle it and we will get rid of all these Muslims
Jan. 22, 2019: David Boileau of Holiday, Florida, was arrested
by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly burglarizing an
Iraqi family’s home and “going through” their mailbox, according to a
police report. After officers arrived at the home, Boileau “made several
statements of his dislike for people of Middle Eastern descent,” the
report said. “He also stated if he doesn’t get rid of them, Trump will
handle it.” The police report noted that a day before, Boileau threw
screws at a vehicle outside the family’s house. On that day, Boileau
allegedly told police, “We’ll get rid of them one way or another.”
Boileau, 58, has since pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of
trespassing, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
I am going to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country says psycho Trump supporter.
Feb. 15, 2019: The FBI in Maryland arrested
a Marine veteran and U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant, Christopher Paul
Hasson, who they said was stockpiling weapons and “espoused” racist and
anti-immigrant views for years as he sought to “murder innocent
civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” In court documents,
prosecutors said the 49-year-old “domestic terrorist” compiled a “hit
list” of prominent Democrats. Two months later, while seeking Hasson’s
release from jail before trial, his public defender, Elizabeth Oyer,
told a federal judge: “This looks like the sort of list that our
commander-in-chief might have compiled while watching Fox News in the
morning. … Is it legitimately frustrating that offensive language and
ideology has now become part of our national vocabulary? Yes, it is very
frustrating. But … it is hard to differentiate it from the random
musings of someone like Donald Trump who uses similar epithets in his
everyday language and tweets.” Hasson faces weapons-related charges and
was being detained as he awaits trial. He has pleaded not guilty.
A case of murder
March 16, 2019: Anthony Comello, 24, of Staten Island, New York, was taken into custody for allegedly killing Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the reputed head of the infamous Gambino crime family. It marked the first mob boss murder in New York in 30 years, law enforcement officials told ABC News the murder may have stemmed from Comello’s romantic relationship with a Cali family member. Court documents since filed in state court by Comello’s defense attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said Comello suffers from mental defect and was a believer in the “conspiratorial fringe right-wing political group” QAnon. In addition, Gottlieb wrote: “Beginning with the election of President Trump in November 2016, Anthony Comello’s family began to notice changes to his personality. … Mr. Comello became certain that he was enjoying the protection of President Trump himself, and that he had the president’s full support. Mr. Comello grew to believe that several well-known politicians and celebrities were actually members of the Deep State, and were actively trying to bring about the destruction of America.” Comello has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. His trial is pending, and he has pleaded not guilty.
Threatening to murder Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
April 5, 2019: The FBI arrested a 55-year-old man from upstate New York for allegedly threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. She is an outspoken critic of Trump, and Trump has frequently launched public attacks against her and three other female lawmakers of color. Two weeks before his arrest, Patrick Carlineo Jr. allegedly called Omar’s office in Washington labeling the congresswoman a “terrorist” and declaring: “I’ll put a bullet in her f—-ing skull.” When an FBI agent then traced the call to Carlineo and interviewed him, Carlineo “stated that he was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government,” according to the FBI agent’s summary of the interview. Federal prosecutors charged Carlineo with threatening to assault and murder a United States official. Carlineo is awaiting trial, although his defense attorney and federal prosecutors are working on what his attorney called another “possible resolution” of the case.
Threatening to murder Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
April 18, 2019: The FBI arrested John Joseph Kless of
Tamarac, Florida, for calling the Washington offices of three prominent
Democrats and threatening to kill each of them. At his home, authorities
found a loaded handgun in a backpack, an AR-15 rifle and hundreds of
rounds of ammunition. In later pleading guilty
to one charge of transmitting threats over state lines, Kless admitted
that in a threatening voicemail targeting Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.,
he stated: “You won’t f—ing tell Americans what to say, and you
definitely don’t tell our president, Donald Trump, what to say.” Tlaib, a
vocal critic of Trump, was scheduled to speak in Florida four days
later. Kless was awaiting sentencing. In a letter to the federal judge,
he said he “made a very big mistake,” never meant to hurt anyone, and
“was way out of line with my language and attitude.”
Threatening to murder a college professor and how all Democrats must be eradicated.
April 24, 2019: The FBI arrested 30-year-old
Matthew Haviland of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, for allegedly
sending a series of violent and threatening emails to a college
professor in Massachusetts who publicly expressed support for abortion
rights and strongly criticized Trump. In one of 28 emails sent to the
professor on March 10, 2019, Haviland allegedly called the professor
“pure evil” and said “all Democrats must be eradicated,” insisting the
country now has “a president who’s taking our country in a place of more
freedom rather than less.” In another email the same day, Haviland
allegedly wrote the professor: “I will rip every limb from your body and
… I will kill every member of your family.” According to court
documents, Haviland’s longtime friend later told the FBI that “within
the last year, Haviland’s views regarding abortion and politics have
become more extreme … at least in part because of the way the news media
portrays President Trump.” Haviland has been charged with cyberstalking
and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. His trial is pending.
Calling US Capiton over 2,000 times threatening to murder Democratic lawmakers.
June 5, 2019: The FBI arrested a Utah man for allegedly
calling the U.S. Capitol more than 2,000 times over several months and
threatening to kill Democratic lawmakers, whom he said were “trying to
destroy Trump’s presidency.” “I am going to take up my second amendment
right, and shoot you liberals in the head,” 54-year-old Scott Brian
Haven allegedly stated in one of the calls on Oct. 18, 2018, according
to charging documents. When an FBI agent later interviewed Haven, he
“explained the phone calls were made during periods of frustration with
the way Democrats were treating President Trump,” the charging documents
said. The FBI visit, however, didn’t stop Haven from making more
threats, including: On March 21, 2019, he called an unidentified U.S.
senator’s office to say that if Democrats refer to Trump as Hitler again
he will shoot them, and two days later he called an unidentified
congressman’s office to say he “was going to take [the congressman] out …
because he is trying to remove a duly elected President.” A federal
grand jury has since charged Haven with one count of transmitting a
threat over state lines. Haven pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial.
Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg should be charged with 22 counts of being accessories to first degree murder and 24 counts of being accessories to attempted first degree murder.
Aug. 3, 2019: A gunman opened fire
at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring 24
others. The FBI labeled the massacre an act of “domestic terrorism,” and
police determined that the alleged shooter, 21-year-old Patrick
Crusius, posted a lengthy anti-immigrant diatribe online before the
attack. “We attribute that manifesto directly to him,” according to El
Paso police chief Greg Allen. Describing the coming assault as “a
response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” the screed’s writer said
“the media” would “blame Trump’s rhetoric” for the attack but insisted
his anti-immigrant views “predate Trump” — an apparent acknowledgement
that at least some of his views align with some of Trump’s public
statements. The writer began his online essay by stating that he
generally “support[s]” the previous writings of the man who killed 51
Muslim worshippers in New Zealand earlier this year. In that case, the
shooter in New Zealand said he absolutely did not support Trump as “a
policy maker and leader” — but “[a]s a symbol of renewed white identity
and common purpose? Sure.” Crusius has been charged with capital murder
by the state of Texas.
NOW MARK ZUCKERBERG AND SHERYL SANDBERG YOU WANT US ATHEISTS AND LGBT USERS PUT TO DEATH? THEN THE SAME SHALL BE DONE UNTO YOU.
YES MARK ZUCKERBERG AND SHERYL SANDBERG, AS YOU HAVE SOWN? SO SHALL YOU FUCKING REAP.
Yes Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, you and your board of directors and others of Fascistbook promote true hate, bigotry, misogyny and evil on Fascistbook by ChristoTaliban and MuzzieTaliban against atheist, lgbt, Pagan and other users of Fascistbook.
Because you money grubbing Fascist pig fucking pieces of shit allow ChristoFascists and MuzzieFascists to attack and threaten and throw hate speech against lgbts on Fascistbook? 238 transpeople have been murdered worldwide in the last year. Here are a few examples of your handiwork.
Example One: 238 Trans People Murdered Worldwide In The Past Year
Nevertheless, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren
criticized the policy, and Hughes retweeted her criticism with some
choice words of his own.
Warren’s tweets criticizing Facebook’s policy mentioned that other TV
news networks have refused to run some of Trump’s campaign ads because
of their deliberate lies. In severaltweets she also stated:
“Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once because
they were asleep at the wheel while Russia attacked our democracy. In
fact, this time they’re going further by taking deliberate steps to help
one candidate intentionally mislead the American people, while painting
the candidacy of others (specifically: mine) as an ‘existential’
Warren has since purchased Facebook ads
that falsely state that Zuckerberg has endorsed Trump for president.
The ads then accurately state that Facebook allows such lies in
candidates’ political ads.
Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once. Now, they’re deliberately allowing a candidate to intentionally lie to the American people.
This is a serious threat to our democracy. We need transparency and accountability from Facebook. https://t.co/anu0pWSqS5
After that meeting, Facebook quietly changed its policies on “misinformation” in ads, allowing politicians to run ads that have already been debunked by independent, non-partisan fact-checkers. Put another way, Facebook is now okay with running political ads with known lies.
“I have a feeling that many people in tech will see Warren’s thread implying FB empowers Trump over Warren as unfair. But Mark, by deciding to allow outright lies in political ads to travel on Facebook, is embracing the philosophy behind Trumpism and thereby tipping the scales.”
In a separate tweet,
Hughes wrote, “There is a higher calling — to be a platform that won’t
allow political lies to spread. Employees should demand that kind of
policy. It isn’t partisan — it’s the right thing to do.”
In May of this year, Hughes wrote an op-ed saying that Facebook should be broken up and monitored by the U.S. government to address user privacy concerns. In recently leaked audio
from a company meeting, Zuckerberg said he worried that Warren would
try to break up the company if elected president, and pledged to sue if
her administration tried such a thing.
When recently announcing the company’s policy allowing politicians to
lie in their political ads, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs
and Communications Nick Clegg said,
“We have a responsibility to protect the platform from outside
interference, and to make sure that when people pay us for political ads
we make it as transparent as possible. But it is not our role to
intervene when politicians speak.”
His name was Menocchio. He lived in a small town in Italy in the 16th
century. A husband, a father, a miller, and a well-liked member of his
community, he was also a non-believer. He publicly declared that it was
impossible for Jesus to have been born of a virgin mother, that Jesus
was not divine, that much of the Gospel stories were fabrications, that
immortality was impossible, and that God may be no more than a figment
of human imagination. He was tried for heresy, convicted as an atheist,
and burned at the stake.
Another Italian from the 16th century, Giulio Casare Vanini, denied
the immortality of the soul, believed that humans evolved from apes, and
insisted that religious teachings are false. He had his tongue cut out, was strangled, and then burned to death.
In the 17th century, Casimir Liszinksi of Poland, was harshly
critical of priests, argued that the Bible was false, and wrote a
treatise called The Nonexistence of God. As a result of his
atheism, he had his tongue and mouth burned with hot irons, his hands
burned over a slow fire, and finally his whole body was torched.
Also in the 17th century, Thomas Aikenhead, a 20-year old student in
Edinburgh, Scotland, was executed because he “maintained…that theology
was a rhapsody of ill-invented nonsense…that the Holy Scriptures were
stuffed with such madness, nonsense, and contradictions” and that Christ
was an “imposter,” etc. For such utterances, this first-time offender
with no criminal record, was hanged.
These men are just a random few heretics from centuries past who were killed for nothing more than their lack of belief
in God. They never harmed anyone. They just had the courage to doubt
theological claims. And for that, they were tortured and killed.
Countless others met a similar piously pernicious fate.
Today, atheist blood continues to flow.
In Bangladesh, on Feb. 15, 2013, Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist
blogger, was attacked by religious henchmen just outside of his home;
his body was so badly mutilated that his friends could not recognize his
corpse. On Feb. 26, 2015, Avijit Roy, another secular blogger, was
hacked to death my machete-wielding assailants in the streets of Dhaka.
On Match 30, 2015, Oyasiqur Rhaman, another secular blogger, was
butchered by religious assailants using meat cleavers. On May 12, 2015,
atheist blogger and science promoter Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to
death in Sylhet. On August 7, 2015, Niloy Chatterjee — a leader of the
Science and Rationalist Association of Bangladesh — was killed in his
home by a group of men armed with machetes. On October 31, 2015, Faisal
Arefin Dipan – a publisher of atheist literature — was stabbed and
chopped to death in his office. On April 23, 2016, Professor Rezaul
Karim Siddique was killed by men with machetes. And on and on. To be
sure, it isn’t just the secular who are being cut down, but Hindus and
Christians, as well. And yet it is atheists that are being targeted most
And it isn’t just Islamic fundamentalist gangs in the streets of
Bangladesh that atheists must be wary of. In many countries around the
world – all of them being Muslim majority nations, as it were – atheism
is illegal. Indeed, our dear ally Saudi Arabia officially classifies
atheism as terrorism, and those found guilty of this crime
can face lengthy imprisonment, state-sanctioned and state-enforced
torture, and even execution. Along with Saudia Arabai, twelve other
nations today – including Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar, and Nigeria –
legislate that atheism warrants the death penalty. Can you imagine:
killing some because they don’t believe in God? Insane. It was insane in
Italy back in the 16thh century, insane in Scotland back in the 17th
century, and it is insane in Nigeria and Iran today.
Why were atheists persecuted throughout much of the Christian world
for so many centuries? Why are atheists persecuted throughout much of
the Muslim world today?
All such persecution – be it of Muslims who are currently persecuted
in Myanmar, along with the Karen, or Baha’is in Iran and Pakistan, or
the Hazara in Afghanistan, or Palestinians in Occupied Palestine, or
Indigenous peoples in Brazil, or African Americans in Missouri, or
Latinos in Trumpland, or gays and lesbians throughout the world — all
of it is rooted in irrational fear on the part of the persecutors. Fear of difference, fear of losing power, fear of differing worldviews and values.
In the specific case of atheists, the strongly religious fear our
capacity for moral reasoning that does not require a magical, invisible
deity. They fear our ability to be ethical without the threat of hell or
the reward of heaven. They fear that our allegiance is not to this or
that country, or this or that prophet, or this or that guru, but to
humanity as a whole. They fear our emphasis on empiricism and evidence.
They fear our skepticism and persistent questioning and doubt, for they
can lead to ambiguity, uncertainty, debate, wonder, responsibility, and
At the heart of atheism is an acceptance of the reality that we are
here on this planet, alone together, and no magic will save us: no gods,
no avatars, no angels, no mantras, no prayers, no prophets, no deities.
Just us. We can and will save ourselves. This fact is so terrifying to
some, that they wield machetes to try and murder it.
Fortunately, for most of humanity, the promise of atheism does not breed fear and terror, but hope and optimism. And as the world continues to secularize, the forces of violent religion will fade.
If I have faith in anything, then I suppose it is that.
Example Six: Atheist Murdered in Coimbatore Because of Spreading Rationalism
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu): Farook was a scrap dealer
and a member of the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK), a political
party dedicated to social reform based on activist and Dravidian leader
Periyar EV Ramaswamy’s ideology. Periyar was an Indian social activist
and politician who spent over fifty years giving speeches, propagating
the realization that everyone is an equal citizen and the differences on
basis of caste and creeds were man-made to keep the innocent and
ignorant as underdogs in the society. Periyar viewed reasoning as a
special tool. According to him, all were blessed with this tool, but
very few used it and that is obviously the truth.
In a Facebook post on March 13, Farook had said: “I am an enemy of
god, enemy of religion and enemy of caste. But I am not an enemy of
humans who believe in humanity.” His open atheism and the promotion of
the same have led to his death.
According to the police, four people waylaid him and hacked him to
death on March 16. He was stabbed 18 times at Ukkadam, Coimbatore. On
Friday, one day after Faook’s murder, six people surrendered before a
local court in connection with the crime – Anshanth, Saddam Hussein,
Shamsudeen, Abdul Munaf, Akram Jinda and Jaffar. They all were friends
and neighbors to Farook for nearly 15 years. Farook is survived by his
parents Hameed and Nafisa, his wife Rasheeda, brother-in-law Shahjahan,
11-year-old son Afrid, and six-year-old daughter Anafa.
Farook was an atheist and rationalist. He was also the administrator
of a WhatsApp group called ‘Allah Murdad,’ meaning ‘There is no God’.
“This murder could be a warning to those who are against religion,” said
a senior official investigating the case on the condition of anonymity.
“Farook had refused to exit from this WhatsApp group. The murder could
be a warning to other Muslims who are part of that group. In this group,
Farook had even posted a picture of his daughter holding up a placard
that reads ‘There is no God’,” he said.
After his son Farook was murdered, Hameed decided to join Dravidar
Viduthalai Kazhagam, a splinter group of Dravidar Kazhagam founded by
Periyar to propagate rational ideas. According to Indiatimes, DVK
members expressed concern about Hameed’s safety. “For now, our concern
is to educate the two children of Farook. One of them wants to be an
advocate. So we are not very keen on involving Hameed in ideological
activities,” said Nehrudass, district president of DVK. “If my son had
agreed to follow diktats of his murderers to give up his ideology, he
would have lived. But he stood up for his principles. I feel proud of my
son,” says Hameed.
Example Seven: Lies and Hate Fascistbook allows Faux Nitwit Newsless to spread against atheists on Fascistbook. This was allowed on Fascistbook and not deemed hate speech against atheists.
There’s no polite way to say it. Atheists today are the most arrogant, ignorant and dangerous people on earth.
all seen how these pompous prigs get offended by the slightest bit of
religious imagery in public and mortified if even a whisper of “Merry
Christmas” escapes the lips of some well-meaning but naïve department
store clerk during the “holiday season.”
To cite a few recent
examples: Last December, the group American Atheists launched its annual
billboard campaign with the slogan: “Just Skip Church — It’s All Fake
News.” In February, the American Humanist Association became furious
when President Trump had the gall to mention Christianity and Jesus
Christ without also mentioning atheists—at the National Prayer
Breakfast! (How dare he!) And just this month, the Freedom From Religion
Foundation raised holy hell because the Reverend Billy Graham was laid
out in state in the Capitol Rotunda before his burial.
Yes, these atheists are loud, nasty, unapologetic and in-your-face.
while their arrogance is annoying, it’s nothing compared to their
ignorance. Atheists believe that the vast majority of human beings from
all periods of time and all places on the Earth have been wrong about
the thing most important to them. They basically dismiss this vast
majority as being either moronic or profoundly naïve. What they don’t
seem to know – or won’t admit – is that the greatest contributions to
civilization have been made, not by atheists, but by believers.
many Christian authors have tried to be kind and amiable in an effort
to demonstrate that believers don’t have to sink into the mud in order
to defend the faith. That tact is very charitable, but unfortunately, it
just doesn’t work with bullies.
Bacon, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Isaac Newton all believed in God.
Nobel-prize winner Wilhelm Rontgen, the discoverer of X-rays; Antoine
Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry; William Keen, the pioneer of
brain surgery; rocket scientist Wernher von Braun; and Ernest Walton,
the first person to artificially split the atom—all believed in God.
speaking of pioneers of science, who do you think coined the term
“scientist” in the first place? William Whewell, an Anglican priest and
theologian! He also came up with words “physicist,” “cathode”, “anode”
and many other commonly used scientific terms. Essentially, the very
language used by scientists today comes from the brain of a believer.
the Big Bang Theory itself – which atheists mistakenly think bolsters
their arguments against God – was proposed by Fr. George Lemaitre, a
Belgian astronomer and Roman Catholic priest! And the father of
genetics—which provides the basis for the whole theory of evolution—was
Gregor Mendel, an Augustinian monk!
Yes, the new atheists have an ignorance of history bordering on madness.
But are they really dangerous, too?
bet they are. The truth is, the atheist position is incapable of
supporting any coherent system of morality other than ruthless social
Darwinism. That’s why it has caused more deaths, murders and bloodshed
than any other belief system in the history of the world.
of course, are always claiming hysterically that Christianity has been
responsible for most of the world’s wars, but that’s just another
example of atheistic ignorance. The main reasons for war have always
been economic gain, territorial gain, civil and revolutionary
conflicts. According to Philip Axelrod’s monumental “Encyclopedia of
Wars,” only 6.98 percent or all wars from 8000 BC to present were
religious in nature. If you subtract Islamic wars from the equation,
only 3.2 percent of wars were due to specifically Christian causes.
That means that over 96 percent of all the wars on this planet were due
to worldly reasons.
Indeed, in the last 100 years alone, upwards
of 360 million people were killed by governments—and close to half of
those people were killed by atheist governments!
Yes, there is a
profound and frightening connection between atheism and death. Atheist
leaders like Stalin, Mao Zedong, Hideki To ̄jo ̄, Pol Pot and many
others bear the blame for the overwhelming majority of deaths caused by
war and mass murder in history. And while many atheists make the
preposterous claim that Adolf Hitler was a Christian, his private
diaries, first published in 1953 by Farrar, Straus and Young, reveal
clearly that the Fuhrer was a rabid atheist: “The heaviest blow that
ever struck humanity,” Hitler stated, “was the coming of Christianity.
Bolshevism is Christianity’s illegitimate child. Both are inventions of
the Jew… Our epoch will certainly see the end of the disease of
The facts are incontrovertible. Between the
years 1900 and 2017, approximately 150 million people were killed by
atheistic political regimes. 150 million!
And it makes
perfect sense, doesn’t it? Atheists don’t believe in God, so they don’t
believe in any transcendent, objective moral law. Nor do they believe
that human beings are made in the image of God, and so they don’t
believe humans possess infinite value and dignity. When you put these
two beliefs together, you have a deadly recipe that makes killing
“problematic” human beings quite easy and defensible.
One has only
to look at the growing numbers of abortions, suicides, homicides, and
cases of state-sponsored euthanasia, and infanticide, to see the
atheist-death connection. As a thoroughly secular and functionally
atheistic culture, we are fast becoming accustomed to “killing” our
problems rather than dealing with them in a compassionate, loving, and
So yes, the modern breed of atheist is arrogant,
ignorant and dangerous. Too many books written in response to these
pseudo-intellectual hatemongers have been altogether too nice. Too many
Christian authors have tried to be kind and amiable in an effort to
demonstrate that believers don’t have to sink into the mud in order to
defend the faith. That tact is very charitable, but unfortunately, it
just doesn’t work with bullies.
And that’s exactly what modern-day
atheists are—bullies; bullies who are doing their best to intimidate
the rest of us into silence.
Time for Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and all the Management and Board of Directors of Facebook be brought to justice for allowing hate and bigotry to be spewed on Fascistbook by ChristoFascists, MuzzieFascists and TrumpFascists and be executed for their Crimes Against Humanity so they can put some money in their pockets and get rich off of all the hate, death and murder they pedal on Fascistbook.
Mark Zuckerberg Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, which
he founded in 2004. Mark is responsible for setting the overall
direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of
Facebook’s service and development of its core technology and
infrastructure. Mark studied computer science at Harvard University
before moving the company to Palo Alto, California.
Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing
the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice
president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of
staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton,
a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist
with the World Bank.
Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates.
She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal
and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and
OptionB.Org. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, Women for Women
International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.
Sheryl lives in Menlo Park, California, with her son and daughter.
Dave Wehner Chief Financial Officer
Wehner is chief financial officer of Facebook, where he leads the
finance, facilities and information technology teams. Prior to becoming
CFO in June 2014, Dave served as Facebook’s vice president of Corporate
Finance and Business Planning. From 2010 through 2012, Dave served as
Chief Financial Officer of Zynga Inc. Before Zynga, Dave was a Managing
Director at Allen & Company, an investment bank focused on media and
technology, which he joined in 2001.
Dave holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University, and a M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford University.
Mike Schroepfer Chief Technology Officer
Mike Schroepfer is chief technology officer at Facebook. In that
role, he leads the development of the technology strategies and teams
that will enable Facebook to connect billions of people around the world
and make significant breakthroughs in fields like artificial
intelligence and virtual reality. Before Facebook, Mike was vice
president of engineering at Mozilla Corporation, where he led the global
and open product development process behind Firefox. Mike was formerly a
distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, which acquired his company,
CenterRun. He began his career working at various startups, including a
digital effects software startup where he developed software that has
been used in several major motion pictures. Mike holds a bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford
University and has filed two US patents.
Board of Directors
Mark Zuckerberg Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, which he founded in 2004. Mark is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of Facebook’s service and development of its core technology and infrastructure. Mark studied computer science at Harvard University before moving the company to Palo Alto, California.
Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations.
Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales
and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury
Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with
McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.
Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
and founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal
and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and
OptionB.Org. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, Women for Women
International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.
Sheryl lives in Menlo Park, California, with her son and daughter.
Alford has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2019.
Ms. Alford has served as Senior Vice President, Core Markets of PayPal
Holdings, Inc., a digital payments company, since March 2019. From
September 2017 to February 2019, Ms. Alford served as Chief Financial
Officer and Head of Operations for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a
philanthropic organization. Ms. Alford previously held a variety of
senior positions at PayPal from May 2011 to August 2017, including Vice
President, Chief Financial Officer of Americas, Global Customer and
Global Credit, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, People
Operations and Global Head of Cross Border Trade. From 2007 to 2011, Ms.
Alford served as President and General Manager of Rent.com, an eBay
Inc. company, and also served as its Chief Financial Officer from
October 2005 to March 2009. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Alford served as
Marketplace Controller and Director of Accounting Policy at eBay. Ms.
Alford has served on the board of directors of the Macerich Company, a
real estate investment trust, since June 2018. Ms. Alford holds a B.S.
in accounting and business administration from the University of Dayton.
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June 2008. Mr. Andreessen is a co-founder and has been a General Partner
of Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm, since July 2009.
Previously, Mr. Andreessen co-founded and served as the Chairman of the
board of directors of Opsware, Inc. (formerly known as Loudcloud Inc.), a
software company. He also served as Chief Technology Officer of America
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co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation, a software company,
serving in various positions, including Chief Technology Officer and
Executive Vice President of Products. In addition to serving on our
board of directors, Mr. Andreessen currently serves as a member of the
boards of directors of several private companies. Mr. Andreessen
previously served as a member of the boards of directors of eBay Inc.
from September 2008 to October 2014, Hewlett-Packard Company from
September 2009 to October 2015, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
from November 2015 to April 2018. Mr. Andreessen holds a B.S. in
computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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since February 2018. Mr. Chenault is Chairman and a Managing Director at
General Catalyst, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining General
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including Vice Chairman and President and Chief Operating Officer, until
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Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of
African American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial
& Museum, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. He also serves on the
board of trustees for NYU Langone Health. Mr. Chenault holds a J.D. from
Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College. He also
has received honorary degrees from several universities, and awards from
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since March 2013. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann is the Chief Executive Officer of
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2014, she was the Chancellor at University of California, San Francisco
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responsible for pre-clinical and clinical development, business
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1995. Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann was associate
director of clinical cancer research at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Pharmaceutical Research Institute. In addition to serving on our board
of directors, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann previously served as a member of the
board of directors of The Procter & Gamble Company from 2010 to
2016. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann holds a B.S. in Pre-Med and an M.D. from the
University of Nevada, Reno, and an M.P.H. from the University of
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2005. Mr. Thiel has served as President of Thiel Capital, an investment
firm, since 2011 and a Partner of Founders Fund, a venture capital firm,
since 2005. In 1998, Mr. Thiel co-founded PayPal, Inc., an online
payment company, where he served as Chief Executive Officer, President
and Chairman of its board of directors from 2000 until its acquisition
by eBay in 2002. Mr. Thiel holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Stanford
University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
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2018. Mr. Zients currently serves as the CEO of the Cranemere Group
Limited, a diversified holding company. Mr. Zients served in the Obama
Administration from 2009 to 2017, including as Director of the National
Economic Council for President Obama and Acting Director of the Office
of Management and Budget. He also founded and managed Portfolio Logic
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and consulting firm, including as Chairman from 2001 to 2004 and Chief
Executive Officer from 1998 to 2000. He also served as Chairman of the
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Mr. Zients holds a B.A. in political science from Duke University.
Atheists face death in 13 countries, global discrimination: study
GENEVA (Reuters) – In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law, according to a detailed study issued on Tuesday.
And beyond the Islamic nations, even
some of the West’s apparently most democratic governments at best
discriminate against citizens who have no belief in a god and at worst
can jail them for offences dubbed blasphemy, it said.
The Freethought Report 2013, was issued by the International Humanist
and Ethical Union (IHEU), a global body uniting atheists, agnostics and
other religious skeptics, to mark United Nations’ Human Rights Day on
“This report shows that the overwhelming majority of
countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers
although they have signed U.N agreements to treat all citizens equally,”
said IHEU President Sonja Eggerickx.
The study covered all 192
member states in the world body and involved lawyers and human rights
experts looking at statute books, court records and media accounts to
establish the global situation.
A first survey of 60 countries last year showed just seven where death, often by public beheading, is the punishment for either blasphemy or apostasy – renouncing belief or switching to another religion which is also protected under U.N. accords.
But this year’s more comprehensive study showed six more, bringing the full list to Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
In others, like India in a recent
case involving a leading critic of religion, humanists say police are
often reluctant or unwilling to investigate murders of atheists carried
out by religious fundamentalists.
Across the world, the report said, “there are laws that deny atheists’ right to exist, revoke their citizenship, restrict their right to marry, obstruct their access to public education, prevent them working for the state….”
Criticism of religious faith or even academic study of the origins of religions is frequently treated as a crime and can be equated to the capital offence of blasphemy, it asserted.
EU STATES OFFEND
The IHEU, which has member bodies in some 50 countries and supporters in many more where such organizations are banned, said there was systematic or severe discrimination against atheists across the 27-nation European Union.
The situation was severe in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta and Poland where blasphemy laws allow for jail sentences up to three years on charges of offending a religion or believers.
In these and all other EU countries, with the exception of the Netherlands and Belgium which the report classed as “free and equal,” there was systemic discrimination across society favoring religions and religious believers.
In the United States,
it said, although the situation was “mostly satisfactory” in terms of
legal respect for atheists’ rights, there were a range of laws and
practices “that equate being religious with being American.”
In Latin America and the Caribbean, atheists faced systemic discrimination in most countries except Brazil, where the situation was “mostly satisfactory,” and Jamaica and Uruguay which the report judged as “free and equal.”
Across Africa, atheists faced severe or systemic violations of their rights to freedom of conscience but also grave violations in several countries, including Egypt, Libya and Morocco, and nominally Christian Zimbabwe and Eritrea.
So Muslims in 13 countries put to death atheists under their blasphemy laws? I say atheists should hunt down these kinds of Muslims down, who want to put atheists to death, and put them to death under the Crimes Against Humanity laws, for all the butchery, slaughter, murder, genocides, rapes, and of course, pedophilia that is rampant in Islam.
As Muslims sow against atheists? So should they reap. As Muslims want to do to atheists? So should the same be done to Muslims.
Fuck you MuzzieKunts. You shitstains on the underwear of humanity. Go fuck some more of your goats and camels and little girls you perverted, pedophile scumbags on the asshole of humanity.