Pat Robertson and the Sikh Temple Shooting.
It doesn't surprise me that Robertson would take a Christian man's attack on Sikhs whom he's mistaken to be Muslim as an opportunity to debase atheists. Pat Robertson loves a chance to tell the world he's holier than them. Unfortunately, he's still got a rather large following who agree. Still, his assertion that atheism is to blame for this attack has got to be one of the most ridiculous accusations I've heard from him in a while.
Now I could see him making such statements if the shooter had been an atheist. Religious folks have a tendency to hold all atheists responsible for the actions of one. The difference is that Wade Michael Page was likely not an atheist. He had tattoos of a cross and of a Celtic knot, commonly a symbol of the Holy Trinity. The evidence suggests that Wade Michael Page was far from an atheist. Add this to his white supremacist values, and the motives for his attack are rather clear.
But this, as Mr. Robertson would have you think, must certainly be the result of atheism. We're the ones to blame because we "hate God." I must, however, disagree on this sentiment. How can one hate something they don't believe to exist? Atheists do not hate God, we just simply reject the belief. We're certainly not "angry" with ourselves, in fact I'd go so far as to say many of us are quite content with ourselves. The only thing we're truly angry at is people like Mr. Robertson, who have made it their personal quest to spread intolerance and hatred in the name of their religion.
Robertson's use of such a senseless, tragic event as fodder for his propaganda is absolutely tasteless and, dare I say it, evil. Atheism is not to blame for this crime. Wade Michael Page is. Simple as that. Unfortunately, there are people like Pat Robertson to turn the issue into something it's not, and to use it for his own ends. It's despicable, and it speaks volumes about the message he's trying to send.
Jenkins, chap with wings there, five rounds rapid!