Really, I don’t read Debbie Schlussel’s blog—a reader sent me a link, so I put on the waders and gas mask and climbed down into the sewer. I’m now completely baffled; why is this insane and deeply stupid person ever put on television? Her response to the CNN complaints is illustrative, and even if you sympathize with her, you’ve got to recognized the big picture here: she’s not very bright.
Something happened over the last 24 hours. Beginning last night, my inbox became populated with vile hate-mail from atheists. No skin off my back.
But it is entertaining and amusing. It’s hard to believe their letters because they were all attacking me for my appearance on CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” a week ago, but coincidentally each letter claims the sender just watched me on CNN. First of all, the video of that segment appears nowhere on the net. Believe me, if it did, I’d link to it. Secondly, since I appeared on the show a week ago, that all these “seminar” e-mailers are now all e-mailing me the same basic hate message, populated with a diversity of obscene insults, it’s easier to believe that they were easily brainwashed into sending me the missives as a result of an atheist blog that just put up an attack on me, yesterday.
Uh, that atheist blog? That was me. Digg picked up on it and it spread far and wide. She’s wrong about the tone, though: it was an attack on CNN. All I did with Debbie Schlussel was ask she would feel if Jews were the target of the panel rather than atheists.
Now this post? This is an attack on Debbie Schlussel.
We can start with her research skills. That video is all over the web. I youtube, Richard Dawkins put it up, it’s darned easy to find. Her excuse is that she searched for “Debbie Schlussel”, and nobody had tagged it with her name. Vanity is no excuse, Ms Schlussel. You can’t simultaneously claim that everyone’s criticisms were about attacking you, yet nobody bothered to tag their complaints about CNN’s bias with your name.
(Note to self: be sure to put Debbie Schlussel’s name in the title of this post.)
Now let’s take a look at her logic. After claiming that some atheist blog sicced all these wicked godless people on her, she uses that as an argument against atheism.
I’m surprised these atheists would be so obedient to a higher power that told them to e-mail me since, after all, the one thing they’re supposed to have in common is a lack of belief in a higher power. Well, no-one ever said atheists are consistent or immune from hypocrisy.
I’m flattered, really I am. No one has ever called me a “higher power” before. It’s a little worrisome, though; you see, if “atheist blogger” is synonymized with “higher power”, and atheists don’t believe in higher powers, then I’m just going to have to say “Oh, dear…” and poof out of existence. Alternatively, if this higher power exists as the theists assert, then it also implies that God has an atheist blog. Someone please send me the URL, I’d really like to read it.
But wait, it gets even loonier and more paranoid.
I don’t mind receiving the atheist hate mail, since I know that in a few years, many of these same people will either be Muslim extremists (redundant) or helping the country fall further in its fight against the creep of Islamic imposition on America . . . or both.
Debbie Schlussel doesn’t mind that there are hordes of atheist fifth columnists lurking in her country, waiting a few years to jump up, shout “ALLAH AKBAR!” and pull the detonation cord on their explosive vests? Why, Debbie, why? Why do you hate America? You should be very upset! If I believed that, I would be!
Look at famous atheists and what happened to them.
Yes, lets. Famous atheists…hmmm. Who do we think of? Off the top of my head, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Julia Sweeney, Daniel Dennett, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Robert Ingersoll, Samuel Clemens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Penn Jillette, Bertrand Russell…it’s a long list. Who will Debbie Schlussel pick out as examples of our luckless and unpleasant fate?
Adam Gadahn a/k/a Azzam Al-Amriki
–now a top Al-Qaeda video “personality”–was raised by his hippie Jewish father and equally bizarre gentile mother as an atheist. And look how he turned out. Ditto for hippie-spawn John Walker Lindh.
Oh. So when Ms Schlussel furrows her brow and tries to name a famous atheist, the best she can do is name a couple of obscure Muslim fanatics who believe fervently in Allah? She needs to get out more.
I think we can also see from my list of famous atheists that sudden conversion to Islam doesn’t seem to be a frequent occurrence. I don’t think ex-hippies tend to turn into Muslims, either, although I could be convinced otherwise if anyone has any data. The one example she mentions, Gadahn, is half-Jewish; are they dangerous? Should we perhaps put Schlussel under house arrest and watch her closely in case she suddenly puts on a burka? I think she shows signs of some kind of imminent hysterical eruption.
Oh, and Lindh was at least nominally Catholic before his conversion. Clearly, we need to impound all the Catholics and Jews and children of hippies immediately—I hope there’s room in Gitmo for them all.
I was brought up Protestant in a working class family, with parents who liked country-western music and Elvis. I’m safe.