“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34
In a stunning blog post at atheists.org, Al Stefanelli, Georgia State Director of American Atheists, Inc., ripped the mask off radical atheism when he called for the eradication of “individuals who abide by fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines.”
“They don’t respond to lawsuits, letters, amicus briefs or other grass-roots campaigns and they must, must, must be eradicated,” he wrote.
The second his article was called out for its violent rhetoric, Stefanelli began backpedaling.
“It is most certainly NOT a call for violence,” he wrote.
“Not once did I ever suggest that we use weapons, violence or physical contact. Not once. Nor did I say we be “mean” to them,” he added.
Stefanelli’s fellow atheists instantly went on the attack, initially claiming the atheist leader did not write what he wrote. More than one of his supporters suggested that it was dishonest to quote Stefanelli’s words as he wrote them. According to them, those who were offended by Stefanelli’s fighting words did so because they were posted at The Blaze.
The issue, however, goes beyond Stefanelli’s actual language, which any reasonable person would find abhorrent.
Perhaps unwittingly, Stefanelli revealed the truly radical nature of modern atheism.
Not content with simply co-existing among people of faith, it seems atheists have declared a jihad of their own.
Through their actions, they have demonstrated their desire to erase Christianity from public view altogether. Good luck with that – it’s been tried for two thousand years with no success.
They have sued to stop the display of a cross at the World Trade Center memorial, they have sued to prevent New York firefighters from displaying a sign naming a street “Seven in Heaven Way” – a tribute to firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty on 9/11. They also filed a lawsuit to block Texas Governor Rick Perry from exercising his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
Now, they have adopted the tactics of Saul Alinsky, in an effort to dehumanize, marginalize and demonize people of faith.
Consider Stefanelli’s own words:
It should come as no surprise that the individuals who abide by fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines would be the first to cry out that they are being persecuted when their dangerous, damaging and disingenuous beliefs come under attack. Most of these people lack the maturity and intelligence to act in a socially acceptable manner. Many of them are sociopaths and quite a good number of them are psychopaths. All of them are clearly delusional.
So, those who follow the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ are “sociopaths,” “psychopaths” and “clearly delusional.” Naturally, Stefanelli provides no corroboration for these claims.
This tactic is not new. Spokane Catholic Examiner John Yegge wrote in 2009:
Atheists have become extremely militant in their attacks in recent decades. They seek to reshape society in a humanistic, secular way that does away with religion altogether. Philosopher Richard Rorty discloses part of their agenda concerning the universities. Rorty argues that professors ought “to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own.” Rorty proposes that students are fortunate to find themselves “under the benevolent Herrshcraft of people like me, and to have escaped the grip of their frightening, vicious, dangerous parents.” Rorty warns that parents who send their children to college should recognize that as professors “we are going to go right on trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your fundamentalist religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable.”
Matt Slick notes at the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry that aethists typically use “character assassination, half-truths, and out-of-context Bible quotes” to defend their points of view:
“We are constantly being overrun by people trying to get their ticket to Heaven at our expense, and if we don’t stand up and be counted we will lose the very freedom we hold most dear; freedom of thought…”
This kind of statement is quite common in atheist circles. It is inflammatory, illogical, and paranoid. Many atheists I’ve spoken to tell me that I cannot think logically, that I am deluded, and that I believe in myths. They tell me that I am bound by foolish antiquated beliefs, and that I need to abandon my religious bigotry and become a ‘free thinker’ like them. In other words, they don’t want me to think the way I do.
Now, instead of just defending one’s faith, it seems some Christians could find themselves defending their lives if one takes Stefanelli’s argument to its logical conclusion.
Stefanelli and his acolytes can duck, dodge, attack and spin all they want, but it does not change his words, nor does it hide the darkness in Stefanelli’s own heart.
The radical nature of the modern atheist movement has now been exposed for all to see.
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