The district itself, Pine Bush, appears to be a hotbed of openly white supremacist, anti-Semitic behavior, making one question whether this news story is from modern-day America or 1930s Nazi Germany:
The Pine Bush area has already had a long, uncomfortable history with racism — the town was even home to a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon in the 1970s. The Klan leader's wife was a member of the Pine Bush school board.This news story would be bad enough in and of itself, but this comment from the comment section is enough to make anyone lose faith in humanity:
Although Anti-Defamation League says there's little evidence of Klan activity in the area these days, the Jewish families detail horrifying abuse, including Holocaust jokes, swastikas in an eighth-grade classroom that teachers won't take down, and bus rides where students chant, "White power."
The swastikas, they say, are everywhere — on walls and lockers, in bathrooms, carved onto school property like desks and wrestling mats, displayed on binders, twisted out of pipe cleaners, and sometimes accompanied by the words, "Die Jew."
One child even recalled seeing a seventh grade girl held down, a swastika forcibly drawn on her face by two students.
I've got a really good suggestion. Dump your religion, it's fraud and mental illness. Problem solvedNow I know what you’re thinking: why am I bothering to write an entire blog post on a single internet comment? Those hate comments are a dime a dozen. They’re just posted by trolls. Don’t feed the trolls!
this goes for every religion under the sun.
And in normal circumstances, I would agree with you. There are too many stupid, hateful internet comments to get mad over, and this could very well be an internet troll looking for such a negative reaction.
Trust me, if this were any other article, I would agree with you and simply ignore this comment.
But this isn’t any ordinary article!
I want you to consider the context of this comment: this is an article about Jewish students suffering anti-Semitic bullying within a community where former Klan members on school boards, Swastikas in classrooms, and rallying cries of “White Power” on school buses barely bat an eye for most people.
And then you have THIS PLOTHOLE, whom I can only assume is your typical internet atheist: a white suburban college-age Fedora-wearing male who converted to atheism after watching Amazing Atheist videos, who routinely jerks off to The God Delusion, and who retweets quotes by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in order to make himself look smarter and more rational than he actually is.
This plothole read this article (or rather, did not read it, which seems more apparent), and after analyzing the situation, came to the conclusion that the problem was not with the racist, anti-Semitic bullies, but rather with those pesky Jews still clinging to their “antiquated, otudated myths.”
Clearly these Jewish students would not be bullied if they simply gave up their religion.
And fat kids would not be bullied if they only lost weight.
And kids with glasses would not be bullied if they simply switched to contacts.
And virgins would not be bullied if they simply lost their virginity.
And gay kids would not be bullied if they simply stayed in the closet.
And Hispanic kids would not be bullied if they simply learned to speak better English.
And black kids would not be bullied if they simply dyed their skin white.
Because if kids are being bullied, the problem is not the bullies themselves, the problem is clearly with those being bullied.
Bullying victims are not to blame for being bullied. Ever. Never ever. Never ever ever.
There is no good reason ever for children to have to suffer through bullying at school.
And yet atheists (or rather, anti-theists) seem to think that it’s perfectly okay to bully, harass, and ridicule people over their religion. After all, those people are delusional mental patients who believe in fairy tales and invisible sky daddies. They deserve to be mocked and laughed at.
“But not all atheists think that way!” I hear you cry.
Yeah, horse manure! I beg to differ.
It's a commonly-held belief among atheists, from Sam Harris to Bill Maher, to The Amazing Atheist and Thunderf00t, that the best way to deal with religious people is to ridicule them.
Don’t believe me? Check out this video by popular internet atheist CultOfDusty:
And yes, I know not all atheists act this way. I understand there is reasonable room for debate when it comes to religion and theism. I know that religious and political beliefs are not the same as race or gender, and that they don't all deserve to be tolerated because some are not tolerable.
But this antagonistic anti-theist behavior simply is not acceptable, especially on an article about anti-Semitism.
If you are an atheist and you seriously believe that Jewish students are to blame for being bullied by anti-Semitic white supremacists because they choose to "cling to their religion", then you are...well, I’ll let George Takei say it: