Arielle Butler (@ARIELLElaflare)
5/2/11 12:05 AM
al-qaeda and the taliban were atheist groups, they did not even practice islamic religion, they used that as a cover up
Look, my guess is that Ms. Butler is a muslim and rather understandably doesn't want even more antimuslim sentiment dredged up by bin Laden's death. I sympathize, and I sincerely hope that does not happen. I also sympathize with the fact that for the average muslim, just living their life and trying to get by, bin Laden, et al. are really embarrassing and not what you want people thinking of when they think of muslims.
I get that.
However, blaming the atheists is not the solution to that problem. We are not religion's whipping boy, Ms. Butler. You know what an atheist group is? A group of people who don't believe in any gods. After that, we're out of guaranteed shared traits and run the gamut from conservatism to socialism, pacifism to NRA member, veganism to ranch owner, etc.
We are not here to provide you, and everyone else, with a convenient target for hatred, no matter what American Christians may have told you.
It is good to know that Christians aren't the only ones with a No True Scotsman fetish, though. Thanks for that. Now leave us out of it.