Seasonal Wishes from…a CFI Supporter?
December 23, 2008
With a smiley, for aesthetic contrast.
I’m generally fortunate when it comes to confrontation with religious individuals. My immediate family is largely non-religious, my friends are mostly atheists and agnostics, my officemates are overwhelmingly on the same skeptical page as I am (lucky me!), and I don’t have a kooky grandmother who insists on sending me Bibles in hope that I’ll start attending church again.
So when the occasional angry message is left on my phone along the lines of, “‘The FOOL has said in his heart, “There is no God!”’ You’re all going to BURN IN THE FLAMES OF HELL!” *slam receiver* I forward it around to a handful of others in the office and smile with them about it. It’s good to see that we’re having an impact out there.
I also keep a “Fan Mail” file in my desk with some of the more noteworthy replies we’ve received, several which display a Tarantino-esque fluency with choice words.
Looking at this latest addition to my file, I feel renewed respect for the modus operandus of most freethinking types when they disagree with someone or something. Rarely do you see an atheist, humanist, or skeptic in the public sphere shouting, red-faced, veins bulging, spittle flying, trying to pound a point of view into someone’s face on Fox News or at a rally. (I know it happens sometimes, but not often.) Rather, we tend to utilize reasoned arguments backed by science to defend or promote our viewpoint and issues. I can’t imagine taking the time to write “Die, Pro-Lifers!!!” or “@!*# You, Pat Robertson!” on a mailer I disagree with and sending it back in—although now that I’m thinking about it…
As for this latest message, I’m really curious about what the writer means by the cryptic phrase "Real Science will return." It’s too bad I probably won’t ever find out what it means, as I don’t foresee getting the chance to have a meaningful dialogue with the author about it. Oh, well, I won’t lose any sleep over it.
#1 Miguel Picanco (Guest) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 at 9:39am
The worst thing you could possibly do (from their perspective) is to actually respond in a positive, forgiving, and understanding manner. They’re trying to entice you into a heated exchange so that their beliefs about atheists can be confirmed. I suggest you play into their nightmare scenario - that they are, as and because they are christians, being much worse people to us than we will ever be to them.
#2 Elles (Guest) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 at 12:22pm
What pleasant folks! I wish I got stuff in the mail telling me to “DIE”. I think I deserve to be told to die even if I don’t explicitly tell them to die since I am, after all, so very militant.
#3 Melanie (Guest) on Wednesday December 24, 2008 at 12:23pm
Funny, I thought the note said “PIE” at first and I started getting hungry for warm fruit.
Maybe this “Real Science” believer is just trying to even the scales in the Wacko File. His side is underrepresented so far. Perhaps he will inspire more radical athiests to make their angry opinions heard.
I’m thinking of making a MORE PIE NOW!!! poster to use when I picket your offices on the next Darwin Day.
#4 Scott (Guest) on Thursday December 25, 2008 at 9:29pm
I enjoyed the fact that there is a happy face after a comment of dieing a quick death. I guess they were in a good “threatening” mood.
Very christian of them.
#5 Kevin (Guest) on Friday December 26, 2008 at 2:58pm
I understand why many irreligious folks would jump to this conclusion, but on what basis are we calling this unknown propagandist “Christian”? I think I would be more prone to assume that it’s a scientologist, or a zealous psychopath gearing up for a Lennon-style assassination attempt…
#6 Miguel Picanco (Guest) on Friday December 26, 2008 at 3:08pm
Yeah, I was actually referring to responses like this in general (which are more likely to come from christians than atheists) that actually leave their contact information. But I don’t think either of those clues are actually present in this particular situation.