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Minnesota atheist finds ‘leave town’ warning on his vehicle

Minnesota atheist finds ‘leave town’ warning on his vehicle

On his Facebook page Jeff, Carter, inset above, describes himself as a ‘Faithless Vagabond … Godless Heathen … Freethinker … realist …’

A resident of Crookston, Carter also let it be known to people in the town that he was an unbeliever – and yesterday (Saturday)  he woke up to discover that his pickup truck has been targeted by a Christian vandal. Or a whole bunch of them.

When he posted pictures of the damage, his post was shared by more than 7,000 people, and 82 left comments. One said:

OMG! Crazy ass bible thumpers. I would put up a satanic star and really piss em off.

According to this report, Carter found his pickup covered with raw eggs, a white powder and paint. Photos he posted on Facebook show messages written on the pickup, including “If you don’t like God, go!” and “Jesus is life”.

Carter said bumper magnets with atheist slogans were stolen off the pickup as well. He has reported the incident to police.

The Crookston Police Department confirmed the report but staff said they couldn’t release information on the incident until a supervising sergeant returned to the office on Monday, this being Easter weekend and all.

Carter has lived in Crookston for six years, adding he is proud to express that he is an atheist. He ruefully said:

I guess somebody didn’t like that.

He was able to wash the paint off his vehicle, but there is lingering egg damage.

When asked if he felt what happened to him was a hate crime, he replied:

How would you describe it if that happened to a Christian vehicle by a Muslim? To me it is the same thing. I don’t think I should be treated like an outsider due to my lack of belief.

Carter said he has Christian friends and gets along with most people in Crookston, but there are “quite a few” people who treat him differently because of his beliefs.

I’ll get a middle finger every once in awhile, or my girlfriend will get yelled at occasionally.

He noted his tires were slashed shortly after he moved to Crookston. He didn’t report that incident, saying he didn’t want to “ruffle any feathers”.

Carter plans to order replacements for the stolen bumper magnets. He said he wants to show residents he and his girlfriend are not bad people because he doesn’t believe in God.

We coexist with religious people very nicely. I’m not trying to offend people. I just want to make it socially acceptable for someone to be open about their disbelief and religion.

12 responses to “Minnesota atheist finds ‘leave town’ warning on his vehicle”

  1. Lurker111 says:

    But where should the guy go? God is everywhere, y’know?

  2. Newspaniard says:

    It’s the hat! They don’t like his hat.

  3. Newspaniard says:

    From the article, he’s probably too,”In your face” for the local rednecks. Keeping a low profile would probably be a good idea if he wants to avoid a lynch mob.

  4. Oh Really! says:

    What else is to be expected from good ole god fearing gun toting kid beating redneck fundamentalist jesus lovin’undereducated unthinking red neck ‘Bubba t Flubba’ mercans. “If you don’t like my god you gotta a problem boy”

  5. Alan Crowe says:

    Not liking ‘god’ is a bit like not liking pink Unicorns.
    Another ‘christian’ Who doesn’t know the meaning of the word Atheist.

  6. Daz says:

    How insecure does a person have to be in their belief, if this is their reaction to a simple “I don’t believe that”?

  7. Smokey says:

    Yes, the good old Christian love. This is how you gain converts and spread the good word. You can’t buy this kind of publicity. Represent!

    Is this what Jesus would do? Yes, yes it is. This is exactly what American Jesus would do. American™ Jesus™, the One and Only True™ Jesus™*. Accept no substitute!

    *Not to be confused with that nasty big-nosed and brown-skinned Middle East pacifistic socialist. Probably gay as well, hanging around a bunch of young men. Disgusting!

  8. Italian Scallion says:

    I was going to put some freethinking bumper stickers on my car until I read this story. It’s gotten to the point where I can no longer stand the bible thumping, holy rolling jesus freaks. They’re just as insane as the muslims when it comes to their precious religion.

  9. Oh Really! says:

    OT sorry but this is good news
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39613631

    “There are also quite a lot of invisible Christians who used to go to church, still believe in God, but they have moved house, perhaps to a rural area, and simply haven’t found a church to go to.” Yeah Right. Time to face facts … people have seen through the controlling exploitative nastiness of christianity. Now we just have to work on muslims to abandon their deadly attachment to the truly evil religiopolitical fanatical death cult dogma of islam.

  10. Daz says:

    “There are also quite a lot of invisible Christians who used to go to church, still believe in God, but they have moved house, perhaps to a rural area, and simply haven’t found a church to go to.”

    Anyone living in the UK who cannot find a church to got to is either a member of an extremely minute sect or extremely bloody lazy as they would seem to be unwilling to travel at the most, a very few miles.

  11. L.Long says:

    Start wearing a pen-cam as a source of evidence. It may not work in court because only the Feds can use secret surveillance. But you can always post them on line to show all who the ‘good people’ are!!

  12. Trevor Blake says:

    Another group of modern, moderate Christians demonstrate their progressive thinking. Why, if they were the traditional sort of Christians – the kind that read and follow the Bible – they’d know what to do to an unbeliever…

    “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.” Deuteronomy 13:6-10

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