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OK Pastor Kind Of Apologizes

David Brassfield of Newalla Church of Christ in Oklahoma, the pastor who falsely claimed that atheists are terrible people because we didn’t do anything to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes, has issued an official apology that acknowledges that atheists did help out — but we’re still terrible people. Red Dirt Report has the text of his apology:

“Last Week’s Bulletin Article”

Last week I printed information and deductions that were incomplete, inaccurate, and unfair. That, I freely acknowledge and I apologize for the inadequate research (two websites) that led to all of the above. There were many atheist individuals and groups that helped in the tornado relief efforts and for their work I am thankful.

Behind every error there are usually other errors and when there are errors, there are opportunities to learn. One of those errors was to assume (as the article implied) that all Christians help and all non-Christians do not. That, obviously, is never the case.

Another error was taking personal observations as a final say in a matter. In this area, I adopted a method of which I believe some atheists employ: Namely, the “if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” attitude. If it is wrong for one to use that approach to determine the existence of God, then it is wrong for me to use it to determine someone’s involvement in relief efforts.

A third error was entering into a judgmental position in the matter. The application of a label “miserable counselors” to people whom I have never met was not taking the high road and not mine to make.

So far, so good. This is a genuine apology for his error, recognizing what he did wrong and why he did it. And then…

Being human makes us liable to these mistakes. Even atheists can be judgmental and sometimes threatening toward us (in spite of the belief of one blogger who said that it seems that atheists are the ones being persecuted). Reading some of their blogs will easily evidence that. One atheist blogger said, “I am in the camp that wishes to tear down religion. IMHO (in my humble opinion) religion does more harm than good and must be stopped.”

Statements such as that one keeps me from backing down from one comment in my article; that I dread the day if these individuals become the majority in our land.

Turns out he’s still jumping to false conclusions. The blogger he quotes did not say they favor repression to stop religion and the quote does not even imply that. I don’t know who the blogger in question is, but I’d be very surprised if they advocate legal repression as the means of making religion go away; I’d be willing to bet they favor education and intellectual confrontation as the means of doing so.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that atheists, should we manage to get enough influence to make the country the way we would like it to be, would treat Christians far better than they have ever treated us.

Comments

  1. anubisprime says

    Making a false conclusion about life on Earth and the reason for that life does not predispose these folk to being either imbued with integrity or indeed humility.

    That he made such a retraction is to be appreciated but of course he is not after appreciation from atheists, only saving face in front of the sheeple that hang on to his every word as if every word was gospel, which of course it is not.
    He proved that himself, false humility is always the go to default for the intellectually challenged especially when busted for lies delivered with such malevolent intent.

    But the deeply ingrained hatred is still there and quoting some vague and undefined threat to his delusion mollifies his sense of righteousness…’you see he was right all along to criticize the god haters anyway’ at least if not in reality at least in spirit.

    Juggling a double handed sword will end up cutting and idiots with no sense of honour and the blinkered eyes of piousness will end up with regrets!

  2. slc1 says

    I don’t know who the blogger in question is, but I’d be very surprised if they advocate legal repression as the means of making religion go away;

    Seeing as how that worked so well in the former Soviet Union. Not.

  3. Artor says

    I think you’re being overly generous, Ed. In the section you labeled as a genuine apology, there’s this turd; “In this area, I adopted a method of which I believe some atheists employ: Namely, the “if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” attitude.” He manages to combine the false equivalency, (atheists don’t see god because there’s nothing to see. Xtians don’t see atheists because they refuse to look) and the tu quoque, (they do it too!)
    Brassfield managed to write a superficially convincing apology, but I’m not swayed. I don’t think for an instant that he was sincere in apologizing for his mistakes, only that he got caught out being so egregiously false.

  4. michaellatiolais says

    @slc1,
    Yes, because all secular societies default to totalitarian regimes. /sarcasm

  5. says

    Even atheists can be judgmental and sometimes threatening toward us (in spite of the belief of one blogger who said that it seems that atheists are the ones being persecuted).

    There are some mean atheists, therefore atheists are not being persecuted.

    Gee, I’ve never heard that one before….

  6. Pierce R. Butler says

    … atheists, should we manage to get enough influence to make the country the way we would like it to be, would treat Christians far better than they have ever treated us.

    So long as half the Christians shut up and make us a sammidge.

  7. jasonfailes says

    “In this area, I adopted a method of which I believe some atheists employ: Namely, the “if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” attitude.”

    Yes, because not bothering to google atheist organizations fundraising very publically is exactly the same as a logical and conceptual muddle of a God-idea being completely contradicted by every branch of science after thousands of years of people spending/wasting their lives looking.

  8. Ichthyic says

    So far, so good.

    no, Ed, it wasn’t good at all.

    Another error was taking personal observations as a final say in a matter. In this area, I adopted a method of which I believe some atheists employ: Namely, the “if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist” attitude.

    this is an ad hominem and a false equivalence rolled into one.

  9. Ichthyic says

    Statements such as that one keeps me from backing down from one comment in my article; that I dread the day if these individuals become the majority in our land.

    as well you should, just like racists dreaded the civil rights movement, slave owners dreaded emancipation…

  10. macallan says

    @4:
    And it’s not like the personality cult in the Soviet Union and other eastern bloc countries didn’t strongly resemble religion of some sort as well. Imperial cult in all but name.

  11. khms says

    One atheist blogger said, “I am in the camp that wishes to tear down religion. IMHO (in my humble opinion) religion does more harm than good and must be stopped.”

    Statements such as that one keeps me from backing down from one comment in my article; that I dread the day if these individuals become the majority in our land.

    Turns out he’s still jumping to false conclusions. The blogger he quotes did not say they favor repression to stop religion and the quote does not even imply that. I don’t know who the blogger in question is,

    Google is your friend. Turns out this quote is from reddit-commenter agavnim:

    I am in the camp that wishes to tear down religion. IMHO religion does more harm than good and must be stopped. But I do believe it should be called “anti-theism” instead of “atheism”…. does that subredit exist? Edit: oops, I guess it does: /r/Antitheism

    I’m not willing to trawl around reddit enough to figure out how he proposes to do that, if he actually says.

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