It’s Friday evening. It’s was a beautiful, windy day here in Oklahoma. I just had the carpets cleaned by my good friend Sue and her girlfriend(they’re lesbians-oh perish the thought). I’m waiting for the carpets to dry before I put the furniture back into place. I checked my email a little while ago and discovered that a comment needed to be moderated here. The comment came from Leo of Indiana (ip address 22.214.171.124 , c-69-245-225-186.hsd1.in.comcast.net) in response to “Suffer the Children of Religion” He used the email addy of firstname.lastname@example.org. His comment simply said “You need to die”. Hmmm… a threat? It wouldn’t be the only one I have received over the years. It certainly won’t be the last. But, I find it amusing that these threats never amount to anything other than Internet bravado. When I was still broadcasting my show “American Heathen®” I received more than one threat of violence, and each time I invited the potential assailant to try, LIVE, on-the-air. I also informed them that I’m not afraid of death, nor of the consequences of their failure to succeed. By no means do I need to posture, I simply stated fact. The facts are easy to embrace. I live in a free society. Therefore, my voice cannot be silenced by verbal or written threats. If the only way to silence me is through violence, then the potential assailant must be ready to accept the fact that I shoot back. More importantly, they also must accept that they have an equal chance at meeting their demise, as do I, under the circumstance of said violence. Fifty fifty odds is more than acceptable to me. Of course, the assailant could easily resort to cowardly acts. Meeting face to face is probably not the forte of most zealots. Instead, the coward might choose a bomb, or perhaps a sniper rifle. But, no matter. I cannot be intimidated by either.
This is the danger of religion. The end justifies the means. If it doesn’t agree with a particular religious world view, it must be silenced, quelled, or terminated. I don’t think Leo realizes just how much his threat/wish is the same as those who flew passenger jets into the World Trade Towers. I have to ask you Leo (a name that is most likely fictitious)… Are you a religious terrorist? Has your skydaddy belief sucked you so deeply into the chasm of hate and bigotry that any hope of reason is lost in the shit trough of religious zealotry you have apparently so readily fed from?
Folks… I will not cower. I will not live in fear. I have said it before, and I will say it again for all to hear. Religion may hasten my death, but it will not silence freedom. It will not bury logic, reason and science. So, keep the threats coming. Please. Show your ignorance, your hate, your bigotry, your disdain. Even better, show me your christard, godidiot love. In the meantime, I’ll wait patiently for your violent response with a smile on my face, and my weapon at my side.