When fundies attack

The religious right loves to whine about how oppressed they are and all the vile “anti-Christian  persecutionhelp-persecution” they must endure — which may be true in some savage parts of the world, but here in North America where they’re by far the majority religion, it’s common knowledge that they in fact get a spectacular buzz off it.  Well, that’s all over:  the next time I encounter such griping and grousing, I’ll just refer them to the story about the persecution of the Friendly Atheist at the hands of the Illinois Family Institute.

The IFI is yet another one of those pearl-clutching homobigot fundie groups that erroneously conflates the word “family” with “anti-gay” (much like our own Institute for Marriage and Family). The Friendly Atheist is located in the same state, so it’s incumbent upon him to mock and ridicule nutbars like the IFI as necessary, which is just what he did when they posted this740 outrageously dumb article.  TShocked_Kidzhe IFI then found out who the Friendly Atheist is in Meatspace: a teacher, and OHMYGODWHATTHEFUCKWont someone think of the CHILDREN??!!??

… you can guess the rest.  The IFI didn’t even bother to contact the FA privately with their complaints, they went straight to the school board and administration, his employers, and advised them of the grave and growing Threat in their midst.  (To no avail since, unlike some, FA’s employers actually do respect the right to free speech.)  To make matters even sleazier, the IFI now claims they never intended to get the Friendly A fired… they just wanted to warn the school in case his “personal views” started finding their way into the classroom.  Right, and I’m sure it bothers them just as much when the “personal views” weaseling their way into the classroom include stories about Jesus riding dinosaurs and the 6000-year-old earth.

The whole sad sordid story of pernicious persecution is here:  I advise bookmarking for future reference.

6 Responses to “When fundies attack”

  1. 1 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Joe McCarthy lives. Substitute “atheists,” “liberals”, “homosexuals”, or “non-Christians” for “communists”, and you have exactly the same message, the same tactics, the same strategy, the ssme arrogance as McCarthy and his ilk displayed in the 1950’s.
    Points to ponder: Even though they were minorities in their respective societies, the Bolsheviks and the Nazis, with enough noise and threats and violence, managed to become the dominating influences in their respective societies. This also applies to the Fun Dementors, and we are seeing the same messages, tactics, strategies and arrogance being applied in North America.
    Lessons of history, folks – learn them, or repeat them – CTZen

  2. 2 JJ Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    CTZen – Exactly, which is why it makes me laugh my ass off when I see them blathering about “free speech”. These people are the least likeliest to support any kind of free expression they don’t personally concur with, and use “the greater good” as the excuse for shutting it down.

    Hmm, who is it that bans and burns books and CDs again? 😉

  3. 3 Torontonian Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I once went into an evangelical bookstore and asked them if they had any writings of Schillebeeckx or Kung. They didn’t recognise the names nor did they recognise Harvey Cox.

    Then some other person whispered into my clerk’s ear something and he wanted to escort me out of the store! They must have thought I was a heretic or some such.

    It was a genuine enquiry on my part but they didn’t see it in that light. Must’ve thought I was a provocateur or a hooligan.

    I wonder what would have happened if I had asked for anything by Ouspensky.

  4. 4 Bene D Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    The Illinois Family Institute – on the SPLC list of active hate groups.

    I think the Friendly Atheist was a lot more Christian about the IFI tactics than I would have been.

    And smarter too.
    Good for him.

  5. 5 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Bene!

    Indeed, it sure seems that way… I doubt Jesus would have wanted his followers to try and get people fired from their jobs and cause them physical discomfort (being poor, hungry) for rightly criticizing them.

    It makes me wonder if these people even really read the Bible, or if they just cherrypick the parts they like and ignore the “love one another” stuff.

  6. 6 JJ Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Torontonian – Weren’t they Catholic? Fundies don’t consider Catholics to be real Christians for some reason, so I’m not surprised they reacted negatively. They probably figured you were doing the meat space equivalent of internet trolling 😉

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