Just days after the Mobile County Commission shot down the atheist, Universialist, and pagan proposals for matching plaques to the “In God We Trust” plaque the Commission did approve, one of the atheists spearheading the push to remove the plaque, Amanda Scott, has been targeted by Christians for death threats.
Scott has spoken before the Mobile County Commission twice, once at the June 19 meeting when the “In God We Trust” display was approved and once again on August 7, when she and several others proposed their displays. Each time, she was interviewed by the media, which posted stories in their respective venues of social media. AL.com records just a few of the messages that were directed at Scott on Facebook via comment threads or her personal inbox:
- “Shoot her for treason.”
- “Go jump off a bridge.”
- “I believe in God. ‘In God We Trust’ should not be an issue. I bet that if she was [sic] fixing to be raped or murdered she would be asking God to save her.”
- “Get a rope.”
- “I think this lady is just trying to get some attention, because no guy wants to go out with her.”
- “Saw her on the news, she’s just mad because one of the seven deadly sins is gluttony.”
- “If you don’t believe in God, how can God or the word God offend you? I wish people like this would walk into traffic.”
- “What’s her motto, in McDonalds we trust?”
- “She can take a flying leap off Canal Bridge.”
- “Dump her off at the Iraq border, tell her she’s home hit the road.”
- “Whatever happened to stoning people in the city square?”
- “What do I think? I think she will burn in Hell when her time comes.”
According to AL.com, Scott was disappointed to receive the hate mail:
“I tried to be respectful in my testimony and my interview, but I was met with hateful comments and messages from members of the local community attacking my personal character and even my physical appearance.
It doesn’t matter how respectful you are, though. If you’re not a member of the tribe, these sorts of Christians will never return it.
She isn’t dissuaded, though; she told AL.com that she wasn’t going to allow the venom and rancor to discourage her from doing what’s right: standing up for the Constitution. The real Constitution, not the mythical document that exists only in the heads of conservatives.