The atheist community is buzzing about this story: a popular host of the Recovering From Religion podcast, Scott Smith, has died. I have briefly met Smith but didn’t know him at all well; the founders of Recovering From Religion, Darrel Ray, Nathan Phelps, and Jerry DeWitt are very well known. Most of what I’m seeing about his death is shock and dismay and testimonials about what a good guy he was. I didn’t know him well enough to say whether he was a good guy or not, but the facts of the story tell me that he was NOT a good guy at all. This is a terrible story of an awful person who apparently had a lot of people fooled.
Authorities have identified the man and woman who were found dead in a North Side San Antonio home after a suspected murder-suicide shooting.
William Scott Smith, 54, is believed to have fatally shot his wife, 46-year-old Jennifer Smith, before turning the gun on himself. Their three young children were at school during the killing.
Though William Smith’s motive is still unclear, court records indicate that Jennifer had filed for divorce earlier this month.
Let’s get this straight. This man was facing a divorce, and his wife wanted to be free of him.
So he murdered his wife.
He murdered a woman, full stop. Because she wanted to be free of him.
He murdered someone for the crime of wanting her independence.
There is nothing that Smith could have done in his life that could possibly atone for the criminality and inhumanity and selfishness of the circumstances of his death. His behavior was reprehensible and unforgivable. That he killed himself afterwards was not an act of atonement, but of cowardice.
Further, he orphaned three children, who get a life’s dose of trauma and grief right now. This, too, is unforgivable and irresponsible.
Don’t grieve for Scott Smith. Grieve for his victims.
His facebook page now has a brief memorial note at the top:
We hope people who love Scott will find comfort in visiting his profile to remember and celebrate his life.
Nope. Don’t celebrate the life of anyone who ended it with the murder of his wife, the mother of his children. Jennifer Smith is the one who should be remembered.