I received an anonymous tip from an acquaintance living on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska in the form of the above clipping from the Kenai Peninsula Clarion, the region’s daily rag. I’ve done a little research into the area, and other than the occasional moose attack (which makes the front page of the news) it seems like a normal sort of area.
Which makes me wonder which of the local heavy metal bands has taken the newspaper hostage. Not only have they printed one of the most misguided and inflammatory letters I’ve ever seen regarding the role of religion in our county, but they’ve omitted any sort of hints of what lies beyond in the title. I almost expect to see the word strong in italics or quotes. Reader voices “strong” opinion on atheists? It was probably Korupture or Tainted Sanity.
I understand this actually did garner some response letters for which I was too lazy to register to the Peninsula Clarion’s website to read, but the fact that this sort of hate-speech made it into the printed edition boggles the mind. There’s a reason radio stations have dump buttons (for people like Don Imus), but newspapers are different-. It’s as if the editor made up a likely sounding name from the remote town of Soldotna to further his twisted religious agenda.
It seems everyone here has dropped to the same level of intelligence, since the second letter seems to want to keep on fishing until all the ….. ? Till all the fish are gone?? Sounds like a wonderful plan. Because Jesus was a fisherman, right?
Full text of the letter:
“It’s time to stomp out atheists in America. The majority of Americans would love to see atheists kicked out of America. If you don’t believe in God, then get out of this country.
The United States is based on having freedom of religion, speech, etc., which means you can believe in God any way you want (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, etc.), but you must believe.
I don’t recall freedom of religion meaning no religion. Our currency even says “In God We Trust.” So, to all the atheists in America: Get off of our country.
Atheists have caused ruin of this great nation by taking prayer out of our schools and being able to practice what can only be called evil. I don’t care if they have never committed a crime, atheists are the reason crime is rampant.”