For whatever of his own reasons, this guy thought people who believe in God are talking about some Sky Daddy or mythical super-being. Most atheists hold that it’s silly to believe in non-existent beings, but many take it beyond that. They go from arguing the non-existence of God to arguing that God is evil.
That’s the face of people like Kelley. They hate the idea of God, and especially the Judeo-Christian God, whom they consider to be petty, murderous, and jealous.
Every so often, one of these aggressive atheists becomes unstable enough to do something awful. It’s a hate crime.
I wish the media would call it a hate crime.
There is a pattern to the kind of crime Kelley committed.
In 2015, Jeremy Joseph Christian stabbed two men on a train in Portland, Oregon who tried to stop him from shouting hateful things to Muslim women. He was variously described as a white supremacist, Islamophobe, neo-Nazi, and a “nihilist.” But really Christian hated God and anyone who believed in God. Politically, he was a Sanders and Stein supporter.
In 2002, Christian was convicted of robbery and kidnapping. In 2011, Christian got hold of a stolen .357 revolver and was charged with a felon being in possession of a firearm–a federal crime.
Kelley was convicted of assaulting his wife and young baby. He too was barred from owning firearms. But he got one–as criminals do. The only difference between Christian and Kelley is that Kelley acted before he was caught.
Atheists have no moral boundaries beyond death, which they consider to be the end of existence. The same sentiment that supports euthanasia, so-called “death with dignity,” Iceland’s shameful extermination of Down Syndrome babies, and the push for unlimited abortion, also allows for people like Kelley to exit this life with no conscience after committing hate-fueled mass murder.
Trump was right that this is not a “gun problem.” But the militant brand of atheism which cannot account for anyone’s deeds besides “be good for goodness’ sake” has no argument to dissuade others from doing the same thing.
Christians should be suspicious of those who vehemently argue online against God, who belittle and attack Christianity and other religions of faith. We should treat them all as potential Jeremy Joseph Christians and Devin Patrick Kelley’s.
These are the people who would have all Americans disarmed at the hands of our own government, who belong to organizations that would purge the government of believers in God. These are the people who would impose their own narrow morality on the world. These are the people who draw their ideals and trace their moral ancestry directly from Robespierre, Lenin, Mao and Guevara.
Kelly is the face of atheism and the working out of its consequences. Those are: for the dead, there are no further consequences, and that affects us all as the living. Better to believe in a Sky Daddy who can condemn your soul to eternal hell than to trust in those who kill with no consequence.