At a Friday prayer breakfast in Vero Beach, Florida, Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson gave a truly bizarre speech where he fantasized aloud about an atheist family being raped, tortured, and murdered. Robertson, the reality TV star turned right-wing folk hero, was trying to expound upon the dangers of atheism at the prayer breakfast. Robertson’s tirade against atheism took a bizarre turn, however, as his speech turned into a gruesome, macabre tale. Robertson told the audience a graphic morality play, as follows:
I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’
Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.
Robertson was attempting to point out the dangers of atheism, but instead he revealed his own depravity. For a religious fundamentalist like Phil Robertson, God is needed to prevent men from raping, torturing and killing their fellow human beings.
Perhaps that is the only thing stopping Robertson from committing rape and murder, as evidenced by his barely concealed glee in describing the fate of the atheist family. However, what Robertson fails to grasp is that for many atheists, secular humanists, mainstream Christians, and sensible people of all faiths, the threat of burning in hell is not necessary to deter us from raping and killing our fellow human beings. He may need the threat of eternal damnation from a cosmic being, to prevent him from acting on his most base impulses, but most people in the world don’t.
Rather than prove his point about the dangers of atheism, the Duck Commander instead illustrated the sick mindset of fire and brimstone religious fundamentalists. Mr. Robertson would do better to keep his twisted pornographic fantasies about atheists being raped and murdered to himself. If that is his idea of how to conduct himself at a prayer breakfast, he will create more converts to atheism than he will for his cruel brand of graphic, self-righteous Christianity.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.