Hatred of Atheists plummets to new depths of stupidity

This post is of a more personal nature than usual for me. I was browsing through Reddit recently and came across a link to a bizarre article claiming that research has linked "overt atheism" and mental illness. The story cites no references and contains no links confirming that the study is real. Funnily enough, "Damien", the owner of this website says on his homepage that he dislikes overt atheists and thinks they are "antisocial misfits", just like this supposed study claims to have found. The study was supposedly conducted by a Dr. Hans Zimmerman of the University of Hamburg, but a Google search revealed no-one by that name working at this institution. I posted some sarcastic comments under the article implying that it was rather hard to believe that any of it was true. Rather than a good-nature admission that he was playing a little joke, Damien's response was to engage in childish name-calling and a ludicrous denial that the article was a hoax. Below are screenshots of our exchange. (Click to enlarge.) Warning: expect severe foul language!

I challenge him for proof this is not a hoax, his response is more insults, accusations that I am mentally ill just for asking questions, and another lie, even more unbelievable than the last, that the story has been published elsewhere.

Note the incredible bigotry of these canards: "god-hating cock-sucker"; "stupid American fucktard"; Irish are "fucking simple-minded." So not only does Damien hate atheists, but also homosexuals, Americans, and the Irish. I'm not American or homosexual, but I see no reason why I would be ashamed of it I was. He has created a whole website devoted to his hate-filled rantings and he accuses me of "mania" and "anger" for simply challenging him to prove that anything he has said is true! He rants about me "preaching atheism" and my need to be heard (what a shocking crime, wanting to be heard) when his whole website is dedicated to shouting his own stupid opinions. What I find particularly strange is that Damien says on his homepage that he is not even religious. Yet he has this pathological hatred of atheists. To be honest, I think the man has a pathological hatred of human beings. Furthermore, he even admits on his homepage that some of the stories he posts contain nonsense, yet when challenged about this particular nonsense he flies into a rage and makes claims he can't prove. 

Anyway, enough about me. Just to give people a heads up, if you find any stories floating around the internet claiming that atheism is linked to mental illness, you can rest assured that not only is this not true, but the source is a rather disturbed person with no respect for anybody. 

This post also appears on my blog Cosmic Cogitations.

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Comment by Vic Marquis on August 30, 2012 at 7:06am


This is the case that essentially says that corporations are equal to people and are entitled to free speech guarantees.

Comment by Scott McGreal on August 29, 2012 at 7:53pm

Thanks for your interest Daniel B. I cropped the screenshots as you suggested. (I've not used Paint before.)

I had not heard of "Citizens United", Vic, would you say more about it, it sounds very interesting. 

Comment by Daniel B on August 29, 2012 at 2:17pm

Thanks for posting.  It's always interesting to see these interchanges.  I think that's why I like reading Reddit /r/atheism/.  When you see someone this extreme, though, you always have to wonder if they are a Poe.  In this case he seems authentic.

(I'd like to see more of these, but they would be more readable if you crop them down in Paint first.)

Comment by Vic Marquis on August 29, 2012 at 9:57am

"irrationality is dangerous BECAUSE it is irrational.  I just can't think of another way to state it."

Another way to state it, and it is being done every day, is "if you tell a lie, and you tell it often enough, people will eventually believe it".  This is why "Citizens United" is such an important ruling...it provides huge amounts of money to be spent repeating lies.

Comment by Scott McGreal on August 27, 2012 at 3:20am

You make an insightful point Loren. When someone is not grounded in rationality, it's almost as if anything goes! It's like when someone has a delusion they'll say anything to defend it, even things that make no sense at all. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 27, 2012 at 3:05am

When hatred is irrational, can it be any surprise that, when the irrationality is pointed out, the reaction to that revelation is, itself, irrational?

This is what we're up against, at least in part: irrational people who want to drag rationality down, either because they can't deal with it or because it makes them uncomfortable or because they've been in the rut of irrational thought for so long that they either can't conceive of any other possibility or, far worse, they figure it's normal.

This is going to sound tautological as all hell ... but irrationality is dangerous BECAUSE it is irrational.  I just can't think of another way to state it.



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