God remains at large and un-indicted.

I encourage you all to read Sikivu Hutchinson’s piece about the terrorist attack at Emmanuel AMEC:

While black folk are the most religiously devout group in the nation, “God”, it seems, has never had to answer, nor be called to account nor be indicted for black suffering.

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Due to economic apartheid, wealth inequality and residential segregation, activist black churches are still pivotal in many communities. Yet, as an atheist I can value their role while believing that it was not–as Christians rationalize–the Charleston victims’ “time”, nor a perverse example of “God’s will” that they were slaughtered. I can value the profound fellowship that the Emanuel family displayed in welcoming the murderer into their bible study yet believe that a just god would not have allowed this parasite in their church home to begin with.

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No moral god would demand forgiveness for a crime for which there has never–since the first African was stolen, chained, exploited and “imported”–been any reparations.

I can understand if offering forgiveness to the terrorist makes his victims’ families feel better. I can also understand why the idea of Hell is so appealing when we look at someone like him.

He chose Charleston for a reason.

Ashley Miller has done us all a tremendous solid and read Racistfuck McBowlcut’s (thank you, Niki) manifesto so we don’t have to. Just in case there was any doubt, now we have it in his own words: he┬ádid what he did because he hates black people and he wanted to trigger more violence.

I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.

Also of especial interest to McBowlcut was the Trayvon Martin case and the attention it got in the media. Basically, he saw everyone talking about this murder of a black kid (and he absolutely thought Zimmerman was in the right), rather than talking about black-on-white homicides, and it eventually led to him planning a mass-murder of black churchgoers.

He reminds me a lot of Elliot Rodger, who also gave us his reasons in his own words, and yet the media was full of people who were determined to believe his shooting spree wasn’t about misogyny, but about mental illness. The talking heads are going to keep on twisting themselves into knots to convince themselves McBowlcut was a deranged kid who snapped, and that what he had to say about his own crime tells us nothing about his motivations.

He did what he did because he was an invested white supremacist, and he didn’t get those ideas into his head all by himself. He’s far from alone in thinking the way he does, and not alone in acting the way he’s done.

What excuses will they make for the Charleston shooter?

There has been a mass shooting at an AME church in Charleston, SC. Six black women and three black men were shot dead by a young white man who had been attending their prayer service for the past hour.

Even after years of being openly atheist and running with the outspoken atheist crowd, I can’t help but think there’s something especially disgusting about shooting people in church. I respect the idea of church as a sanctuary. People should have a reasonable expectation of safety in church.

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