The Blaze vs. Al Stefanelli

Missed this one when I was moving about Iraq, but it still deserves a mention.

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. – Al Stefanelli

Boy o Boy, you were right, Al. In response to Al Stefanelli’s “explosive” blog post, The Blaze went full steam ahead on the batshit-mobile. Their article is so disingenuous that it made me almost swallow my chuck of skoal in disbelief. The same website that was so careful to later parse the booing of Steven Hill in my last post showed no such distinction when it came to distorting Al’s words. Even the byline was a piece of work “they want us to die”, trying to stir up hate against atheists when the line was taken from Mr. Stefanelli’s blog who used it to express the sentiments of fundamentalists. Such a dishonest tactic almost gives me a feeling of respect for The Blaze, it is such a pure unfiltered piece of work that I have to begrudgingly appreciate the hate filled balls on the author, Billy Hallowell.

Mr. Hallowell’s article is exactly the reaction expected as laid out by Mr. Stefanelli. First, The Blaze does everything it can to distance itself from Islam.

In the post, Al Stefanelli, American Atheists’ Georgia State Director, makes a bizarre connection between radical Muslims and Christians. In speaking about “fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines,“ Stefanelli says that both are ”dangerous, damaging and disingenuous.” Throughout the blog post, he continues to create ties between these two groups, but declines to truly define them.

Certainly some would agree that Islamic extremists (and perhaps fringe Christian believers) are sociopaths or psychopaths, but Stefanelli’s comments are so vague it’s impossible to discern who the targets of his rage truly are. Without a clear definition of who, exactly, he’s referring to, one’s mind runs wild with wonderment. – Billy Hallowell, The Blaze.

Truly define? If you are an outside observer of both social groups it is easy. Both push similar tenants in support of different flavors of Yahweh, the only difference is that most fundamentalist Christians are ensconced in a society that limits the vast majority of their hate filled ideas from being implemented via violence in the real world by secular law and order and a society of tolerance while most radical Islamists are not.

Mr. Hallowell hides behind that fact, but Mr. Stefanelli was not linking the problem of fundamentalist Christians to violence but, merely points out that actions that would get you arrested for doing (i.e. blatant hate speech) becomes socially acceptable if you add the words “God said so”, you magically are now blameless through the passive acceptance of religious moderates.

One wonders what, exactly, he means by “eradicated.” – Billy Hallowell, The Blaze.

Just stoke that fire there Billy. Even before Mr. Stefanelli clarified what he meant by “eradicated” in a post script to the legion of Blaze readers that offered kind Christian death threats (on his site with logged IPs no less, at least use a proxy kids), anyone with more than a dozen functioning brain cells (I myself possess 13 little guys, I call them the “A-team”) comes away with an understanding that Mr. Stefanelli was advocating the eradication of fundamentalist memes, rather than people. Billy, it is your side that is tossing the death threats around. You know your audience, you knew what they would do. Why do we have to eradicate your silly meme? Because if you two were in Iraq (born and raised), your readers would not have stopped with death threats, they would have cut Mr. Stefanelli’s head off and shot his family.

The Blaze’s response just justifies Mr. Stefanelli’s concerns; the meme of fundamentalism must be destroyed. It impedes our progression as a nation, our scientific progress, and the expression of freedom. For if an ape is ever to be truly free, he or she must be free from dogmatic adherence to any belief that short circuits critical thought and leads people straight to reactive violence without thinking, as the visits from federal agents in response to the repeated death threats will underline. Something that The Blaze will almost certainly spin as more examples of ‘Christian persecution’ rather than what it is, keeping people from murdering as they please.

And The Blaze comments say it all…

Is this guy an athiest or a muslim? It’s hard to tell. I don’t believe in athiests. All people know God exists, they choose to hate Him

…they didn’t even read either article; they saw the headline, saw red, and let the hate flow.


  1. says

    These are the same folks who believe that any government outside the Department of Defense is part of a massive “Marxist” conspiracy to do…something. Kill grandma, if the death panel meme is true. That’s what’s so funny about them getting up in arms about the perception that people are out to fight them. They see themselves everywhere they look. In other words, I think the gentlemen doth protest too much.

    I’ve run into folks like the final commenter though. Its that whole Romans passage thing, that everybody somehow magically knows god in their hearts. That everybody knows the truth, but only fundamentalist Christians are bad enough dudes to rescue the president realize the truth.

    They’re basically the Jaish al-Mahdi in pickup trucks. That aren’t, you know, Toyota Hilux(es)*, Great Walls, or Bongo Trucks.

    *Is that the plural form of Hilux? Is there a plural form of Hilux?

      • rsm says

        Argh… don’t get me started.

        Hilux – my half-assed guess, based on some work we did for another Japanese car manufacturer, is that they shortened two English words, mashed them together, and had a panel of half-baked marketing folks talk it up. Seriously, you’re using plankton and its position in the ecosystem as inspiration for a car name, seriously? Japanese marketing strategies (especially cosmetics) really suck when trying to transplant them to the US…

        Anyways the correct plural for Hilux would be Hiluxies in my semi-uninformed opinion (High Luxury -> plural High Luxuries)

  2. says

    I just wanted to thank you for writing this. You have eloquently stated my intentions and the complete, total and unequivocal batshittery that has been spread throughout the Interwebz. I just posted another article that clarifies what I mean by “fundamentalist” and am waiting for headlines to appear stating “Atheists claims all Christians are psychopathic sociopaths”

    So it goes. Thanks again, – Al Stefanelli

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