Alabama resident Amanda Scott was only asking for equality under the law.
In response, she got death threats.
Seeing that Christians had been allowed to place a religious display with messages explicitly promoting their beliefs on government land in Mobile Alabama, Scott asked if Alabama atheists could have the same privilege, and place an atheist display, promoting atheist ideas, on the the city government’s land.
Alabama Christians responded to her request with incitements to violence against Amanda Scott, posting calls for her exile or execution on the Facebook page of a local television station, WKRG. They called for her to be assaulted, to be hung, to be shot dead, merely for asking that atheists be given the same legal status as Christians.
The Friendly Atheist has documented the astonishingly crude Christian response to Amanda Scott’s assertion of atheist equality. That’s a good first step.
However, I don’t think it goes far enough. The Friendly Atheist posts screenshots of incitements to violence and other extreme reactions to Scott’s advocacy on behalf of atheists. In a graphic screenshot, however, the names of those who are seeking to stir up a violent mob against Scott, or to otherwise deprive her of her rights, isn’t permanently documented online.
Given that these Alabama Christians have decided to go onto a publicly-available social media web site, and declare their desire for physical assault or legal discrimination against Amanda Scott, I think that their extremist views should become more widely known to their neighbors and coworkers. Facebook comments aren’t always indexed on Google, but Irregular Times articles are.
So, I’m using the power of the Internet to shame these violent people who believe that people who don’t share their Christian religion deserve to be exiled, attacked, and killed. It’s time to call out these bigots who are threatening violence against Amanda Scott. So, I’ll be posting their identities prominently here tonight. When prospective employers look them up to see what kind of people they are, I hope they find these profiles in bigotry, and think twice.
The first Profile in Bigotry: Bennie Ashby