Young atheist calls out Texas Republican amid hostile town hall crowd

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The audience at a town hall event held by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) on Thursday was none too responsive to a young atheist blogger’s questions for Burgess regarding atheist military chaplains.


Video posted by Daniel Moran, who goes by the name The Barking Atheist online, shows that when he pushed Burgess on his vote for a ban on atheists from serving in those positions,members of the audience yelled, “Throw him out!” before Burgess put up his hand and asked them to stop.

“I thought that was a dumb idea,” Burgess told Moran, which prompted applause from the crowd. “I’ll do it again.”

“There are no atheists in foxholes,” an audience member says.

“Actually, there are many in foxholes,” Moran answers. “Some of them are my best friends. Some of them work, or not work, but go to school at the Air Force ROTC at the University of North Texas.”

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    • In reply to #1 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

      Perhaps we need to encourage more intelligent young secularists to wade into echo chambers like this and provide some counter noise.

      I agree with every word that you said except for one; “perhaps.”

  1. Kudos to Daniel Moran for staying cool under pressure. I wish him luck with his future endeavors, but if he goes into politics I doubt he’d get elected in that neighborhood if the audience is a representative sample (hopefully not!).

    Steve

    • In reply to #2 by Agrajag:

      Kudos to Daniel Moran for staying cool under pressure. I wish him luck with his future endeavors, but if he goes into politics I doubt he’d get elected in that neighborhood if the audience is a representative sample (hopefully not!).

      Steve

      Didn’t you mean to say the audience were representatively simple…???

  2. The reply to “There are no atheists in foxholes” should always be “It’s a shame we are not all atheists but so long as we have the religious I suppose we’ll also have foxholes”. Not true, of course, but it would sting a bit.

  3. There are ONLY atheists in foxholes.
    If you really believed, you would just stand up and trust your ‘protector’, but you climb into a foxhole because you know it isn’t true.

    Just like everybody else.

  4. This business about atheists and foxholes is unadulterated rubbish. Atheists down the ages have gone to their deaths at the stake,in war ,afflicted with various horrific illnesses,with immense courage and dignity.The latest example being the incomparable Hitch.Lurking in the shadows you find the cowardly theist doing his damndest to claim the dead atheist for his god.

    Atheists live without god and die without god.This is bravery.Not like the theists,bowing in fear before their god in life and dying in fear,because of the supposed god’s pronouncements of what happens after death.

    • In reply to #5 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      Atheists live without god and die without god. This is bravery. Not like the theists, bowing in fear before their god in life and dying in fear, because of the supposed god’s pronouncements of what happens after death.

      I will gently disagree with you here. It’s only bravery if you think there is any risk at all of its being true.

      Totally with you on the Hitch. That void isn’t even close to being filled.

      Steve

      • In reply to #6 by Agrajag:

        In reply to #5 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        Atheists live without god and die without god. This is bravery. Not like the theists, bowing in fear before their god in life and dying in fear, because of the supposed god’s pronouncements of what happens after death.
        .
        I will gently disagree with you…

        Oops! My bad . Wasn’t thinking straight there.

  5. A typical bullshit response from the type of politicians you find there,but i do think the term chaplain should be changed to something more apt to non-believers,as it plays directly into the hands of someone like Mr.Burgess using it as a counter argument…

  6. When a nutbag pulls out that moldy old chestnut “There are no atheists in foxholes,” a good way to respond would be:

    “Why, yes, you are right, thanks for pointing that out…” — then pause for effect — “…only a religious nutjob would be so daft as to live in a hole with foxes or any other wild animals. Atheists, on the other hand, would be in the trenches fighting the enemy…to protect the rights of religious lunatics to live in a den of foxes because god told them to.” ka-thump!

    Ideally you should have a drummer with you to give the cymbal crash/drum roll as they do on the talk shows when the host delivers the punch line, but I realize it would be hard to plan ahead for something like that.

    If they roll their eyes and say you’re being facetious and frivolous about a serious subject, you can bring up the example of John the Baptist, who lived in the wild with the animals and ate locusts (according to their “historically accurate” magic book). There’s also Francis of Assisi who, it was said, used to preach the gospel to the birds (literally).I don’t have a source on that one.

  7. “There are no atheists in foxholes,” is one of the flimsiest comebacks a theist can use. It is a bald assertion and one that would require the claimant to know everyone’s mind inside and out to be rightfully made. The proper response to use when faced with this pathetic excuse for an argument is, “If there are no atheists in foxholes, does that mean that you can’t have war without religion?” That’ll work wonders in shutting up a delusional whack job who considers this “argument” to be valid.

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