Sunday Morning Blasphemy: Yup, Atheists Can Be Just As Cruel As A Fundamentaliston October 21, 2012 at 10:30 am
This is the Amazing Atheist. He’s a blogger. I’m not personally familiar with his writing but I see his name pop up from time to time. Apparently, he is living proof that you don’t need religion to be a cruel and heartless douchebag. This isn’t to say that atheists believe that you do need religion to be a heartless douchebag but there is a significant percentage of the religious that think you need religion to be a moral being in the first place. They’re wrong but AA certainly doesn’t help make the case.
If you don’t know the sad story of Amanda Todd, she was a 13 year old girl that, on a lark, flashed her breasts on an internet chat. Someone took a screen cap and began stalking her, demanding she perform for him or he’d spread the picture around. She refused and he did. She left her school from the fallout. He did it again at her new school. The harassment went on for about two years until she tried to commit suicide. She failed and made a video in which she called for help using pages with writing, which is what the piece of trash above is mocking. She tried again two weeks later and was successful. She was all of fifteen.
Now her death is getting a lot of traction in the blogosphere. This disturbs some people like AA. How dare people feel bad about this one girl when so many other die every day?! Of course, the response is: Who the fuck are you to complain you egotistical little shit?
If he had made an argument that people only care because she was pretty and white he might have had a leg to stand on. It’s a well known fact that the evening news isn’t going to lead with with a missing black girl if there’s a missing white girl as well. He might have complained that people are only paying attention because she’s dead and where were they when she was alive? Not completely unreasonable. But he didn’t. He simply mocked her last plea for help and dismissed her death as mere background noise.
This is about as callous as it gets. What makes it so much worse is that he doesn’t even have the excuse of religion to hide behind. Let’s be honest, no one is born hating Jews for “killing Christ” or for not believing in Mohammed. It takes years of indoctrination to twist our moral intuition into a shape that can accept the killing of men, women and children over a book. Yet, raging over a young girl’s death because it has been elevated, for a moment, above the sea of death and misery that surrounds us at all times takes a special kind of moral vacuum that even fundamentalist religion doesn’t easily reach. The anger fundies express is directed at perceived violations of their religious tenets. AA is just mad that Amanda is receiving attention.
I think he might just be jealous. Maybe if he kills himself, he’ll get the attention he’s so desperately envious of. But I’m sure I wouldn’t shed a tear.