Recently I have come across two examples of christian fundamentalism that show such a lack of ignorance and bigotry that it is hard to believe they are serious, and not a Poe (or parody).
The first, is a question posted on Yahoo Answers (unfortunately it has since been deleted, so this link is to the google cache):
How can I get my son’s atheist teacher fired?
This ***** is corrupting the student’s minds with evolution nonsense and that homosexualists are “normal” and “completely moral”.
How can I get her fired in a “legitimate way”?
I think she might be seducing my son (if you know what I mean).
First I would like to make two comments, that are not really in support of this person, but could possibly make some of her hatred understandable (not acceptable though).
If this teacher REALLY is trying to seduce her son, the teacher should not only be fired, but prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I seriously doubt this is the case, but who knows.
As well, if the teacher is talking about evolution is let’s say a math class, that might be construed as inappropriate. I assume the teacher is a science teacher, but there is not enough information to be certain.
Now I won’t go into all of the problems I have with this person, because I think it’s quite obvious and would give more credibility to the arguments which I don’t believe they deserve. But I will say, that on a very positive note, as of when I read the comments (and there were 40+), every single comments was supportive of the teacher, and critical of the poster.
The second example is from a letter written to “Dear Margo”, which seems to be a lesser known “Dear Abbey” type of deal:
Dear Margo: Our daughter started college a year ago, and we’ve noticed during her visits home that she’s not the sweet, innocent girl we sent away for higher learning. We raised her with strong Christian beliefs, but lately she’s saying that she’s joined an atheist club on campus and is questioning everything we taught her. Now my husband refuses to let her in the house and is threatening to turn her in to the FBI. I’ve tried to cure our daughter and reconcile with her, but nothing seems to work. I’ve prayed over her at night while she sleeps, enlisted friends in a phone prayer tree and even spoken to my priest about the possibility of an exorcism. I’m at my wits’ end. How can I recover my daughter and keep her from hell? — God-fearing
I first heard about this from The Good Atheist, and it made me absolutely livid (on a side note, if you don’t already listen, you should check out their podcast). The fact that some section of the public believe that you can call the FBI because somebody does not believe in their god is absolutely disgusting. The fact that they would be willing to use that as a threat against their own child, not due to their child committing any crime but for disagreeing with them, is not just sickening, but infuriating.
But it does have a positive ending. Margo, instead of avoiding a potentially divisive question, or instead of trying to appease the writer, was quite blunt, quite honest, quite rational, and quite intelligent.
Dear God: Whoa, dear. While I am sympathetic to anyone’s devotion to their religion, you need to realize that your daughter is a sentient being with the right to reject your religious views if she so chooses. Your husband is pathetically misguided if he thinks he can call the FBI to report the “crime” of your daughter joining an atheists club. Ditto for the exorcism. This young woman is not possessed, demonic or doing weird things; she is merely thinking and questioning the religion she grew up with. I would encourage you to understand that all people, your daughter included, have the right to think for themselves, particularly about something as meaningful as religion. As for hell, well, she appears willing to take her chances. — Margo, contemplatively
So I leave it to you… Are these people: Poe or ignorant christian fundie?