About a week ago, a group of people filed a lawsuit in New York to prevent a cross from being erected within the World Trade Center memorial without equal opportunity for other religions who wish to have memorials there as well.
According to the lawsuit, among the 2,792 people killed in the twin towers, 31 were Muslim Americans, approximately 400 to 500 were Jewish Americans, approximately 500 were non-religious Americans, and an unknown number were Americans of other faiths. (So, about half of the people who died were not Christian.)
No other religious or non-religious group has been permitted a memorial.
Fox News had some discussions about this event including this one.
Fox News on the WTC Cross Lawsuit
Clearly Christians are angry. They later had Blair Scott, Communications Director for American Atheists, on a show to talk about the lawsuit and immediately the Fox News Facebook page was flooded with thousands of comments. I would link to the post, but apparently Fox removed it. Not before several comments were screen captured though.
Keep in mind, this blog post is not about whether or not the Cross or any other religious things should be allowed at the WTC Memorial, which incidentally is mostly funded with hundreds of millions of dollars of US taxpayer money from people of all religions, including non-religious people.
What it is about however is the swift, brutal and violently extreme comments that self-professed Christians made immediately following Blair Scott’s appearance to express his views on Fox TV.
Facebook Christians Advocating Death, Rape and Harm to Athiests
The list below represents just some of the comments that were captured before the content was deleted. Each commentator’s name is linked to their Facebook profile if it can be found, along with the quote attributed to that person. (If you find an inaccuracy or omission please let me know.)
i say kill them all and let them see for themselves that there is God
Shoot them. Shoot to kill.
To ALL ATHEIEST DIE AN GO TO HELL HAHA IF I COULD ID SHOOT ALL OF YOU IN THE HEAD WITH A 12GUAGE
thats easy shoot them
Shoot em. At least we know where theyâ€™re going, waste of oxygen
Nail them to the cross then display it.
I thinly we should hang the leader of that group on the cross with nails through their hands and feet, place a crown of thorns upon their head, RAM a spear through their side all after being whipped and beaten publicly! Just so they can endure what Christ dod so they understand the sacrifice behind what that cross symbolizes.
Theyâ€™re atheists so it wonâ€™t matter if you kill them.
someone show me where they live&and they will live no mere!
Here’s my solution, kill the group..just kidding, you figure it out. I’m so sick of people that pick and choose when they want to truly be American. They can go to Hell oh wait they will.
stupid atheists, I hope God kills them all.
I love Jesus, and the cross and if you dont, I hope someone rapes you!
Any court or lawyer who takes this case should be hung!!!! If you look at some of the people who are atheists they are all miserable looking because they donâ€™t have any faith in anything. You should all go live in another country. You have taken enough of my rights away.
atheist has no rights a snail has more rights than a atheist has I say throw them out to the sharks let them eat them like the ate bin laden
these people are fâ€™ing scum of the earth. can we start killing them now? few groups are filled with more hatred than atheists.
IF THE CROSS OFFENDS YOU: SO SHOULD THIS COUNTRY; LEAVE BEFORE WE KILL YOU!!!!
Kill em allâ€¦let God sort em out. Guess what Atheistsâ€¦
So, What Do You Think?
There have also been a lot of Tweets related to this issue, but I’m really wondering what YOU think about it?
- Christians, is it really acceptable to say, “I’m not like them. Those aren’t real Christians!” After all, the people who made these comments would say the exact same thing about you.
- Non-Christian people who identify with another religion, do you think your religion should be able to display a memorial to the believers who died alongside the Christians?
- Non-believers, is it really so important to warrant a national campaign to not allow a single Christian symbol at a monument for the dead?
I am DYING to hear what you guys think…