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Pat Robertson and Kristi Watts: “Atheists should hate trees!”

I just… what… I can’t… wow.

Okay. Let me try to unpack what the assertion is here.

*breathes*

Pat’s upset about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s attempt to have the National Park Service take down a statue of Jesus in a Montana park. This is an actual establishment of religion in a state-run property. Pat routinely fights Muslim initiatives, including the Park 51 Islamic Community Centre. The erection of statues to a deity that only some people believe in, is in fact expressly different from worship of things that already exist. Never mind that Wicca doesn’t worship trees as gods — at least trees exist without humans to come along and build them. I’d have a hell of a lot more respect for someone worshipping things that actually exist, frankly.

Sun worshippers? They’re better than Christians, in that without the sun, none of us would exist. Life wouldn’t exist here without the sun. We know this for an absolute fact. Their proffered alternative, that no life would exist without Yahweh with Jesus as his son — well, that’s not exactly something they’ve ever offered any evidence for, but I’m sure they’ll suggest it’s the same thing. But no atheist is pissed off at the sun because some people worship it. So, likewise, no, atheists are not going to cut down trees out of spite.

Atheists don’t even really care about statues of Jesus, as long as they’re on private property, or church land. It’s when those “expressions of faith” are erected on state land that it hacks us off. When statues of Jesus appear unbidden in forest-like formations, replicating without any human intervention, let’s revisit this question, okay? Until then, quit smearing other religions to try to smear atheists, and quit Jesusifying every part of public policy and state land, you utter hacks.

Comments

  1. cathyw says

    Umm… I love trees. Ultimately, they allow me to continue breathing in the manner to which I’ve become accustomed.

  2. davidct says

    It is so refreshing to have an arrogant ignoramus explain your beliefs to you. Can you say “straw man fallacy”? It sells well in the mutual admiration society of the 700 club. With folks like that, remaining quiet is not an option.

  3. Marshall says

    Oh, Kristi…

    Atheists don’t believe in Gaia, so they should want to destroy the EARTH ITSELF, because the find it OFFENSIVE, right?

    The only thing I can do is shake my head and chuckle…

  4. Mr.Kosta says

    [blockquote]Pat Robertson has become a parody of himself.[/blockquote]

    Mathematically expressed that would be: Ol’ Grumpy Pat = Parody^2

    (As he was a parody of a human being already)

  5. baal says

    Past his expiration date Uncle Chuckles says, atheists don’t believe in God so they don’t believe anything.

    Because your imaginary friend = everything?

  6. Zinc Avenger says

    Marshall, #5:

    Atheists don’t believe in Gaia, so they should want to destroy the EARTH ITSELF, because the find it OFFENSIVE, right?

    *sigh* If I must. The hardest part is deciding how to do it.

    I can’t choose between a twisted abomination of science gone wrong or a depraved ritual to our real master satan to drag us all screaming into the fiery pits of hell.

  7. says

    I can’t choose between a twisted abomination of science gone wrong or a depraved ritual to our real master satan to drag us all screaming into the fiery pits of hell.

    Ooh! Ooh! Twisted abomination! Twisted abomination!

    I vote for the twisted abomination of science gone wrong. They’re just so *cute* when they’re destroying all life on earth!

  8. Marshall says

    I’m going to second that vote for a twisted abomination, and I’m going to double down by suggesting that this can be best accomplished with cutting edge research into Hulk-Gingrich.

  9. TheVirginian says

    I want a third option. I vote for destruction by an evil Death Star! That would prove the Force exists and that some day Luke and his father will destroy the evil emperor and save the galaxy, the rebellion and the beautiful Princess Leia.

  10. says

    Okay, but since it’s physically impossible to destroy this planet short of a black hole, we’re left with the point of destroying the planet — destroying all life. And I happen to agree that an abomination of science is just the best way to go.

    I vote for the Geek Rapture, and/or grey goo. Either way works as a good warning to other future civilizations not to be like humans.

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