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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 06:26 PM
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Atheists as "Future Targets"
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These are high school children.

Via Friendly Atheist

Sometimes, it pays to track online mentions of the organization you work for. The Secular Student Alliances Jesse Galef (who also contributes to this site) saw a Tweet this morning which included this image:

Ill pray for you.

Every indication is that the person tweeting was talking about converting them to Christianity, not shooting them. But, as JT Eberhard notes, if the tables were turned and an atheist called members of a Christian group targets and posted their picture, thered be a *huge* outcry. (And rightfully so.)

So how do you handle this?

JT and Jesse figured out who made the tweet, what school she attended, and they alerted the principal to the Tweet along with a note indicating why they were taking precautions about this more from a anti-bullying stance than a call the cops one. I think that was the right move not ignoring the message and not overreacting to it by any means.


if the tables were turned and an atheist called members of a Christian group targets and posted their picture, thered be a *huge* outcry.

Indeed there would. But there are probably people out there who wonder why anybody's offended that some sweet Christian wants to pray for and try to bring a group of atheists to Jesus (if that is all the person wants to do). They just can't see why it's offensive, and even frightening, to be "targeted" like that. Just because you're different. Just because you don't believe in gods.

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  -Atheists as "Future Targets" NMMNG  Dec-07-11 06:26 PM   #0 
  - The fact that it's considered "normal" to be a Christian  Hydra   Dec-07-11 06:35 PM   #1 
  - Dissent is intolerable  NMMNG   Dec-07-11 07:27 PM   #5 
  - Not saying the post isn't true  EvolveOrConvolve   Dec-07-11 06:46 PM   #2 
  - My only guess  NMMNG   Dec-07-11 06:50 PM   #3 
  - It REALLY strikes me as a yearbook building method  darkstar3   Dec-07-11 10:15 PM   #9 
     - You know, I think you're right  EvolveOrConvolve   Dec-07-11 10:36 PM   #10 
        - A school computer with free and unencumbered access to twitter? Nah.  darkstar3   Dec-07-11 11:55 PM   #11 
        - I teach high school.  Goblinmonger   Dec-08-11 07:59 AM   #13 
  - I hope the authorities are taking this seriously & investigating whether it is a threat of violence.  limpyhobbler   Dec-07-11 07:08 PM   #4 
  - so did these students give their permission to posting their pic on the net? nt  msongs   Dec-07-11 07:47 PM   #6 
  - Even if they had previously  NMMNG   Dec-07-11 07:56 PM   #7 
  - The Christian kid will grow up to be beautiful lion food n/t  mindwalker_i   Dec-07-11 08:20 PM   #8 
  - How offensive these Christians can be! When I see the word "target', ..  MarkCharles   Dec-08-11 07:01 AM   #12 
  - This image comes to mind  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 09:26 AM   #16 
  - And the atheist who did the shooting. nt  humblebum   Dec-08-11 12:46 PM   #21 
  - No True Atheist is a Packer fan. n/t  Goblinmonger   Dec-08-11 07:59 AM   #14 
  - I couldn't speak on such matters  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 09:23 AM   #15 
  - Your declaration is correct. n/t  trotsky   Dec-08-11 12:30 PM   #20 
  - On the word target.  Quartermass   Dec-08-11 11:01 AM   #17 
     - I don't think it's that clear.  Jim Lane   Dec-08-11 12:18 PM   #18 
     - "...Here, there's an obvious nonviolent interpretation..."  Iggo   Dec-08-11 12:29 PM   #19 
     - I do find it pretty offensive  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 05:40 PM   #23 
     - Good point  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 05:35 PM   #22 

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