"Jesus loves you."
Regardless, I recently received a comment in response to a post I wrote about Andy Schlafly's conservative bible project. This comment, provided by "The Dude," is so utterly wonderful that I have no choice but to reproduce it here for all of you:
You are a butt fucking, jew fag, nigger fucker. I hope you enjoy funding terrorism with all your liberal pot smoking you faggot. You are so to the left it makes my intellectual brain want to seize up.
If you want to get on the right side of Jesus you'd better jump on the soul train because right now you are going straight to hell.
"Jesus Loves You"
And it's hard to know how to respond to that. On the one hand this guy hates me enough that he apparently chooses to hurl incomprehensible racial slurs at me. On the other hand, he decides to follow this up by indicating his concern for my immortal soul and assures me that Jesus loves me. Which is, I suppose, a good thing since "The Dude" evidently does not particularly care for me. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by this, given that I'm rather accustomed to being publicly reminded that I am going to hell and/or should be shot for treason:
Likewise, I'm effectively beyond wonder that the above billboards are apparently okay while the atheist billboards that have been going up recently are "controversial." You know, billboards with controversial messages like these:
In fact the atheist billboards are so controversial that they have to be vandalized by good Christians:
And so, again, I really wonder about The Dude. Is he trying to shock me into changing my ways by calling me names? Because folks, let's face it: I'm an atheist living in the United States. Moreover, I'm an atheist who grew up in the south and has been an atheist for close to twenty years. This is not the first time I've been called nasty things because of my beliefs, nor the second or even third. Folks, getting called names is like f-ing communion for atheists: it doesn't taste good, and you don't like it, but it's just one of those things that comes with the territory. And however unpleasant it may be, after you swallow that stale little cracker, you do feel just a little more fulfilled. So thanks, The Dude, for reaffirming once more why I'm glad I'm a "butt fucking, jew fag, nigger fucker" and not a "good Christian" like you.
But I hope to hell you think about your behavior the next time you're inclined to bitch about what Dawkins says.