Daily Caller Editor Sends Insipid Emails to SCA

On the list of reasons to dismiss The Daily Caller as a collection of hacks, let’s add this one. Christopher Bedford, the associate editor of that online rag, seems to think he’s terribly funny and has a habit of making snide responses to press releases from the Secular Coalition for America. For example, in response to an press release from the SCA about the Obama administration’s Plan B policy earlier this month, he sent this email:

It’s nice out. Take a day off from hating God, kids and babies.

Yes, I’m sure he thinks he’s being terribly clever. He’s not. This is just the same old lazy, unthinking bullshit that is so often aimed at atheists. We don’t hate God. How could we? We don’t think any such thing exists. Nor, of course, do atheists hate kids and babies; after all, most of us have our own (though not me).

That wasn’t the first juvenile reply from Bedford. Last year in response to another press release, he said, “Here’s a Dick pic.” It was a picture of Dick Cheney. Tee hee hee. The other kids on the playground are going to think this guy is like totally cool. When Lauren Youngblood, the SCA’s communications director, replied to the email earlier this month and copied Tucker Carlson and other higher ups at the Daily Caller on it to show them how their editor is acting like an adolescent, he merely ducked into the punch — and added some new idiocy to the list:

On top of hating babies, kids and God, I’m gonna go ahead and add “being a tattle-tale” and “being the most sensitive person ever named Youngblood” to your list of offenses.

I’m not sure what y’all believe in beyond annoying America, but if it’s what most atheists believe, I hope it comes true: I hope you live a long, happy life surrounded by friends and family, and when, in many years time, it is your turn to rejoin your earth mommy, you become one with her, growing into a majestic and beautiful tree that some hardworking American fells, turns into paper and prints a Bible on.

This reminds me very much of one of the high school kids who sent an angry tweet to Jessica Ahlquist after she won her lawsuit in Rhode Island last year. He wrote:

“for the record, when you die you will NOT grow into a tree or some other bullshit athiests believe in.”

The SCA put out a press release calling this unethical and offensive, but it’s not. It’s just stupid and childish — which is pretty much exactly what one would expect from a site owned by Tucker Carlson.

21 comments on this post.
  1. Randomfactor:

    I LOVE kids and babies. They actually exist. And they’re DELICIOUS.

  2. dugglebogey:

    Atheists don’t hate kids and babies, we just realize that we have a choice whether to have them or not, and we are smart enough to avoid having them if we don’t want them.

    Unlike “Christians” such as Republican Scott DeJarlais, a certified MD who couldn’t figure out how to keep from knocking up his mistresses, whom he tried to coerce into having abortions. Family values! Woohoo!

  3. edmundog:

    The Ahlquist turning into a tree thing was, as far as I can tell, a reference to a Dane Cook “joke” where he claimed an atheist got offended because he said “god bless you” when they sneezed, and then they told him they believe people become trees when they die. It was astonishingly stupid even for Dane Cook.

  4. theschwa:

    Wow, he even rips off Dane Cook jokes. Couldn’t he AT LEAST rip off Louis CK or George Carlin.

  5. Modusoperandi:

    edmundog, the Daily Caller’s comment is (dun, dun dun!) from that very same Dane Cook routine.
    Great minds think alike, eh? Also, lesser minds.

  6. theschwa:

    Rats! edmundog (#3) beat me to it.
    TYPE FASTER, me!!!

  7. richardelguru:

    I once sneezed so hard a tree came out my nose

  8. matty1:

    I will so turn into a tree when I die (to the extent I’ll turn into anything). I’ve put in my will that my body is to be buried in woodland without embalming so when I rot my nutrients will be available to the local plants including trees.

    Does this mean my consciousness will be in a tree? Of course not but in that sense asking where people go when they die is like asking where a light goes when it goes out.

  9. scienceavenger:

    I’m not sure what y’all believe in beyond annoying America, but if it’s what most atheists believe, I hope it comes true: I hope you live a long, happy life surrounded by friends and family, and when, in many years time, it is your turn to rejoin your earth mommy, you become one with her, growing into a majestic and beautiful tree

    It never ceases to amaze me, and shows the power these people put in belief, that they don’t seem to understand that, whoever is right about what happens when you die, or whether we descended from [other] apes, that applies to EVERYONE, believers and atheists alike. This twit talks as though he’s going to be looking down on our treeness from heaven.

  10. holytape:

    I would take a day off from hating God, babies and apple pies, but I don’t have any vacation time.

  11. CSB:

    I’d call for Bedford’s dismissal, but he’s already a Dane Cook fan. There is nothing anyone can do that would be a greater punishment than that.

  12. blf:

    An Ent! I wannabe an Ent!

  13. Akira MacKenzie:

    We don’t hate God. How could we? We don’t think any such thing exists.

    Ugh! I hate this response! It’s so fucking glib!

    We may not believe in the existence of their god, but the Christians do, and they tell us that this god expects certain things of us and has allegedly done certain things in the past that are pretty horrible. Even if Yahweh did exist, and deposits the threat of eternal hellfire, I would hate him as the monstrous tyrant that he is. His actual existence is a moot point.

    So yes, Christians, I hate your nonexistent god. I hate your god just as much as I despise you for worshipping him.

  14. jayarrrr:

    “So yes, Christians, I hate your nonexistent god. I hate your god just as much as I despise you for worshipping him.”

    What I tell them is “No I don’t ‘hate’ your god, because I believe it doesn’t exist. What I *DO* hate is how people take the CONCEPT of this ‘god’ and use it for justification for everything from finding a parking space to committing genocide.”.

    Hard to come up with a snappy apologist comeback for that one. They have to work for it.

  15. zekehoskin:

    And I read the headline acronym as Society for Creative Anachronism, which makes it almost funny.

  16. kagekiri:

    @13 Akira MacKenzie:

    Yeah, though “not hating God” is something lots of atheists say and probably really believe, it’s just not true of me personally.

    I hate the God character in the stories of the Bible, and I hate “His” real-world ramifications through and against the minds of Bible followers (or former followers, like myself).

    The self-hatred, shaming, black and white thinking, abdication of moral responsibility, perfectionism, false humility, thought crimes, sex-negative crap and sexuality/gender issues, self-esteem twisting, masochistic self-martyring, dehumanization of “opponents”, stark hypocrisy, redefining morality and goodness to be “whatever God does”, claiming all of humanity’s goodness as actually “God’s work” and all problems in the universe as humanity’s fault… I cannot say I don’t hate these things, because I do, as much as I’ve ever hated anything.

    I hate them as a former victim and perpetrator of their anti-humanist bullshit, lies, and thought-suppressing faith, before we even start in on political effects and larger scale effects of the religion that worships Him.

    To not hate those ideas and concepts would be immoral. I don’t know that I’d go as far as hating all Christians; I understand what and how they think. Even so, I still hate the Christianity in them, and I will call it out and beat it into the ground every time it masquerades as providing superior morality or compels them to impose its bullshit on others.

  17. kermit.:

    The problem with saying “I do hate God” is that the believer confronting you thinks this is affirmation that you believe their god is real outside of their heads and behavior. I understand Akira’s thinking of him as being real in certain important ways, but Fundamentalists cannot help but interpret this as meaning concrete reality in the same way they think of it. (They don’t do well with metaphors, nor with seeing things from another’s view.) I do not want them to think atheists are simply self-indulgent, back-sliding believers.
    .
    I sometimes respond “He would be a despicable monster if he were real, but luckily he’s not.” Fundies are, psychologically, abused children to varying degrees. When they grow up, they pass that abuse on to others or seek out an abusive partner. Like many abused children, they cannot acknowledge that the behavior is abusive. They need an adult to say “That behavior is wrong. You don’t have to take it anymore.”
    .
    If anyone asks me what happens after I die, I tell them that I intend to go to medical school. A few guess that I have donated my body to medical research and/or organ use.

  18. Dan J:

    I think the scariest part is that he really seems to think he’s being hilarious, and so do some of his followers on Twitter. Has the bar for humor fallen so low, or are they simply that ignorant?

  19. Thumper; Atheist mate:

    “for the record, when you die you will NOT grow into a tree or some other bullshit athiests believe in.”

    Now there’s someone who doesn’t understand how the carbon cycle works.

  20. Pierce R. Butler:

    … a majestic and beautiful tree that some hardworking American fells, turns into paper and prints a Bible on.

    A lot of Americans have to work more than one job to get by in the Republican economy cheered on by Carlson & his False Noise friends, but I hope he does a profile on this person simultaneously laboring as a lumberjack, paper mill worker, and book-printer. Hard-working, indeed.

    Or is that just the future he envisions for (the luckiest of) the next generation?

  21. cafeeineaddicted:

    The “becoming a tree” thing is bugging me, because as I see it there are two options:
    1) Either he’s aware of it being a bad joke and he’s just being a dick, trying to evoke Dane Cook and get weak laughs out of his like-minded audience.
    2) He really actually thinks this is an atheist thing, which portrays an amazing display of ignorance.

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