|Do atheists live in the shadow of a bullet?|
I was over at Atheist Revolution earlier today, and read the post Christian Terrorism in Texas. The post related the story about an adjunct professor named Sissy Bradford who had successfully gotten a few crosses taken off a tax payer funded tower at the entrance of Texas A&M University. Afterwards she got a variety of death threats. She went to the police and didn't get any assistance from them. The harassment got to the point that some sympathetic students walked her to car after class. Unfortunately for the students, they became recipients of death threats, too. She later lost her job at the university.
Here was my comment,
If I were living in a red state, I'd buy a gun before going public as an atheist -- maybe a couple of guns.I thought this would be taken as a fairly radical stance, especially when one considers how liberal the atheist blogosphere is. However, I got several up-votes to the comment, and no one shouted me down for being a pro-gun nut job ( a nut job I may be, but not a pro-gun nut job). And that is the inspiration for the newest Purgatory poll: Would you buy a gun if you recieved death threats from religious radicals? The poll is in the upper left hand corner of the blog.
Maybe you already have bought yourself a pistol and carry it with you. Or perhaps you're considering it after having received a few threats.
If you wish to comment on the subject, please do.