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Awhile back, I read comedian Steve Harvey’s rant about atheists and their lack of a moral barometer.

Then there was this rant by that Duck Dynasty dude:

“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.’

Let me ask then. Is fear of punishment the only reason he doesn’t do these things? Does he think belief in a deity is the only thing stopping everyone else? What kind of mind even comes up with this stuff? Most of us want to help others not harm them. I can’t speak for all, but my conscience is my moral barometer. It is not fear of punishment from a deity.

This kind of prejudice, however, is what concerns me about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

So a young Indiana couple, Crystal and Kevin O’Connor, found themselves in the center of that controversy. They claim reporters tricked them into boasting that they supported the law and would not serve gay people in their pizza place. They later backpedaled, saying they never said such a thing. They said it was only the gay weddings they didn’t want to service with their pizza. Yeah, okay, whatever.

I would not have threatened these people. I wouldn’t have gone to Yelp and written a scathing review about their pizza. I wouldn’t have trolled them in any way. If I were in Indiana, I probably would skip their pizza, but that’s about it.

Hordes of angry people did react, though, with a vengeance. The O’Connors were “forced to close their doors.” Then supporters rallied to collect $300k for them. (It may be more by now.)

That is some incredible luck in a day where unpopular things go viral, and the backlash is instant and brutal. Go ask my author friends about internet trolls, O’Connor couple. It’s not pretty. Freedom of speech is a precious and beautiful thing, but there can be consequences because other people have freedom of speech, too, you see. They react.

Let’s talk about religious freedom, though—honor killings, public beheadings, terrorizing infidels. In Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, you can get a seven-year prison term for anything “seen” as promoting homosexuality. They tried to pass legislation requiring their citizens to report homosexuals and their activity or face punishment themselves.

So where is the moral compass of these people who kill and terrorize in God’s name?

People may say, come on, those are extremists or now see all we’re doing is not serving people. We’re not burning or stoning people or putting them in jail. I think they have to realize that every step backward brings us closer to that. So why wouldn’t people be angry and resort to extreme measures to prevent this? Why would we accept going backward in any of the areas where we have made progress?

Another comment allegedly made by Crystal O’Connor is that you can believe anything you want. Well, yes, Crystal, but your beliefs don’t trump the law. That’s a great thing because rapists, serial killers, and child molesters may feel they have some justification for their behavior. (Oh right, the law…I think Duck Dynasty dude forgot about that, too.)

© Copyright April 2, 2015 by Kyrian Lyndon at All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted without permission.


Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains, as well as several articles for Rebelle Society and The Voice of Literature e-zines. She is the founder and publisher of Moonlit Dawn Publications and Brave Wings magazine and also the editor-in-chief of Brave Wings. Brave Wings magazine promotes healing and empowerment through the written word. “Its focus,” she says, “is on the human condition—whatever we experience in life that helps us learn, grow, and evolve.” Kyrian is forthcoming about being a person with many years of recovery, as well as a trauma survivor. Throughout her journeys, she has expressed her thoughts through poetry, embracing every challenge to triumph over adversity. In her conviction that learning, growing, healing, and evolving is a never-ending process, she remains as grateful for the dark days as she is for every flicker of hope and light. Her passion for awareness advocacy and sharing insight motivates her to entertain in ways that provoke, enrich, and inspire. She began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel and then completed two more books at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five. Kyrian has always been passionate about music (all kinds). She loves nineteenth-century British literature, parallel universe fiction, thrillers, horror, and dark romanticism. She is also devoted to fitness which is a must, she says, if you enjoy cooking (and eating) as much as she does.


  1. There are good people and bad people everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether God is in your life or not. I prefer to have God in my life. I believe there is more than this cruel, vile world. I believe that God is love and will embrace me once I leave my body. That being said, I respect other points of view. Whether you believe or not, that is your choice. I will love you whether we agree or not. I will care about you whether we agree or not. And I do care about you. I do love you. We are all brothers and sisters. The majority of people are wonderful. The majority of people would lend a hand when you need one. Don’t allow the biggest loudmouths discourage you. ❤

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    1. I don’t believe in punishing people for believing or not believing either. If you can’t wrap your head around something, can’t make sense of it, that doesn’t make you a monster. If you believe strongly and it is ingrained in you, that is not a bad thing either unless you use that to harm and discriminate. I don’t have to be gay to understand how wrong that is. I’m human, that’s enough.


  2. I think I’ll go on a mini-rant of my own after reading some of those quotes (the invisible boarders made me laugh, though).

    Not only is that Duck Dynasty rant staggering in its hostility, it’s also verging on illiterate, as well as indicative of bizarrely disordered thought processes. He begins by making a bet, yet never finishes that thought. What is the bet? After opening with it, he completely forgets about it! He also uses redundancies like “decapitate her head off” (decapitate or cut her head off, but not both). It also assumes the male as the default. Notice how he says these two guys (has to be guys, of course) “break into an atheist’s home.” An atheist could be either gender, but with a mind this locked into its way of thinking, you know there’s no chance this atheist will be female. And sure enough, he has a “little” wife. The condescension barely masking a near pathological level of hatred is incredible. How is it people with virulent beliefs like this don’t realize how much of themselves they’re revealing. This guy sounds like he’s actually fantasized about doing something like this (rape, child murder, torture, castration). What is it about atheism that he hates to this degree? This is astonishing.

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  3. David, you have me laughing , even though, it’s actually sad. I think he hates anyone who won’t validate his fear-based perception. If it wasn’t fear-based, he wouldn’t need validation. (Yes, I noticed the ‘boarders’ but I couldn’t resist.) 🙂


    1. Ha, yes. A sense of humour is essential when dealing with this level of vitriol. (I also agreed with the sentiment in the cartoon.)

      I’ve thought for a long time that fear is possibly the most destructive of human emotions. Not the fear itself, but what it makes people do and believe. Otherwise, the level of anger is inexplicable. How can a person’s nonbelief in a deity be a threat to anyone at all? Equally, how can a belief that people who love each other, no matter the gender, should be granted the same rights, endanger anyone? It’s so bizarre when you stop and think about how controversial this stuff is, when it really shouldn’t be.

      Thanks for posting this! 🙂

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      1. You are so funny. Every time I read that post, it makes me laugh. I do think you need a sense of humor to deal with that. I completely agree with you, too, about fear, and that it is bizarre how controversial these issues are still. You’re quite welcome. 😉


  4. It strange isn’t it? Some people think that two adults who chose to be who they are more sinful than the man in authority, who by his actions, cause the death of a mass of people. Religious bigotry is a real headache.

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