Fox News site gets 8,000 death threats
August 9, 2011
More than 8,000 death threats were posted recently on the Fox News Facebook page after the communications director for American Atheists, Blair Scott, appeared on the network’s “America Live.” [All Facebook]
Blair was discussing the group’s lawsuit to stop the placement of a cross at the World Trade Center Memorial, arguing that some victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were also Muslim and Jewish.
The cross has stood on Ground Zero for 10 years and is made of torn I-beams uncovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and has been a symbol of hope rising from the carnage for Christians.
The outrage in response to the lawsuit to remove the cross was almost immediate. One post reads: “i say kill them all and let them see for themselves that there is a God.”
It gets worse.
Moderators for Fox News worked feverishly to eliminate the hateful posts and eventually removed them, but not before the atheist blogger behind One Man’s Blog managed to capture screen shots of the comments, which Media Bistro’s “All Facebook” reproduced on its site:
What’s notable about the posts, the blogger wrote, is “the swift, brutal and violently extreme comments that self-professed Christians made immediately following Blair Scott’s appearance to express his views on Fox TV.”
The memorial is reportedly funded with taxpayer dollars from religious people of all faiths who are not yet permitted to erect symbols of their own faiths, according to the blogger.