American Atheists Statement About Charleston Shooting

Cranford, NJ—The staff of American Atheists is shocked and horrified by the murder of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“This is a sickening act of violence. I can’t even begin to express my sorrow and support for members of the Charleston community,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “This attack shakes our nation to the core. Despite our differences, I stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with Emanuel AME Church.”


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  • Jesus Bones

    My condolence to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. R.I.P.

  • Jennifer

    This shows a lot of class.

    My condolences to every member of the church, the community, the survivors, and of course the families of those lost.

    My heart is broken for every one of these beautiful, unsuspecting, innocent people.

  • Nick Wilson

    is there nothing that can be done, other than offer condolences? Is there really no solution to this American problem? I feel sick.

    • Marc-FL

      Things can be done (better treatment of the mentally ill, background
      checks for weapons, etc.). But we can never eliminate the problem
      (at least not in the foreseeable future). If we want to live in a free
      country, we must accept the fact that there are bad (or mentally ill)
      people who will commit horrible crimes. It’s the price we pay to live
      in an relatively open and free society.

      • bobbyb

        i dont think you mean mentally ill people in general. mentally ill people are not violent,and racist like this

      • Danny Halas

        Ban the guns and repeal the second amendment. It’s that simple. You can’t be trusted to play with guns in the states!

    • Cousin Ricky

      It seems to me that the only solution to this (an a host of other problems in America) is a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. Only then can we hope to get some reasonable gun control that respects the 2nd amendment, the wishes of gun owners, and the safety of the public. As our system is, legislators respond only to money, in this case, the NRA, which does not to represent gun owners (hate to break it to you NRA members out there), but gun manufacturers.

      • Jonas Green

        Absolutely agree. despite whatever Nikki Haley and other Republican political leaders say in the first few days, in the end they will cow to to the NRA lobby and nothing will change.

        Go ahead prove me wrong. – I dare you. I double dare you.
        It didn’t happen after Sandy Hook, It didn’t happen after Gabby Giffords was shot. It didn’t happen after the Aurora Movie theater shooting. Prove me wrong.

        As long as the NRA or GOAL or other Gun Manufacturer Lobbying groups are in charge Nothing will happen.

  • Poisonaero

    Senseless. Absolutely atrocious! I am waiting to find whether or not this idiot was on SSRIs or any other psychotherapeutic drug. Seems to be the trend and corporate media will not report the truth because of their ties to the pharmaceutical companies with advertising…

    • The_Wretched

      Maybe. I rather his ties to christian militias or other racist groups be highlighted.

      • Poisonaero

        I spent seven years researching the medicalized trends in America regarding the overuse of these prescription drugs. They change who you are and how you think. Do some research. Nearly every mass killing in the US had a murder who was consuming these awful drugs…

        • Tantan Scott

          Or maybe he was just a racist who hated black people. You don’t have to be on drugs for that.

    • Poisonaero

      The problem is that these prescription drugs CHANGE the way people think and behave. Most school shootings were done by individuals who were medicated with drugs like Effexor, Luvox, Paxil, etc. These are mind altering drugs that cause hallucinations and erratic behavior. They can intensify feelings and thoughts that a person already has, or prompt a person to conger up irrational thoughts and then act violent. My research found that these drugs alter the brain almost immediately. More than 52% of male foster children at higher levels of care are being prescribed these drugs as a method of social control. And as many as 25% [depending on the studies you read] of non-system children are also being diagnosed with ADHD, Bi-Polar, OCD, CD, ODD etc and are prescribed these drugs. These drugs alter behavior, and not for the better…

  • The day must come when men of good will stand up and say “No more!” when faced with the rants of racist. This murderer spoke about his intent to do violence and nobody stopped him. We cannot stand by passively and allow terroristic bullies like Roof to speak their hate unchallenged.

    • Ruby_Red

      Ever so gently, may I say people of goodwill? Women would like to be included in this resolution against racism and violins.

      I fully agree with your sentiments.

      • I concur. It wasn’t the best choice of words, but not unintentional.

        It is mostly men that I hear though, who spew subtle or direct race hate and also men who sit silently by and let it pass. white men “of a certain age” (who look just like me) have been far to tolerant. that tolerance can be mistaken for approval. I am calling on my peer group to draw the line against people like Roof.

        Aside from Brenda Spencer (I don’t like Mondays) I can’t name another female mass murderer. i am sure they exist but without doubt men commit more murders than women. our American culture of violence is fueled by a vision of manliness which is unwholesome. I say it is not “manly” to sit idly by while those around you plant the seeds of race hate.

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  • Bev

    I believe the only solution or, at the least, the first and biggest step toward a solution to this and many other issues is getting “big money” off of the political stage. Stop the 1% from buying all of our politicians and big corporations for dictating how things should work to bring them, and ONLY them, the biggest return for their buck, and we’ll start seeing some changes. But this will only begin after we put an END TO CITIZEN’S UNITED! Please do what you can to stop this national travesty.

  • Deb Garry

    not gun “CONTROL”….you need gun BANISHMENT

    • Breezanemom

      GUNS aren’t the problem – they don’t fire themselves. PEOPLE are the problem.

      • Danny Halas

        But what if they had no guns to fire in the first place? It makes mass shootings impossible.

        In the UK we’ve had terror attacks where the perpetrators could only get hold of knifes because of our ban on guns, I shudder to think what would of happened if they could of picked up assault rifles from their local supermarkets!

        • Breezanemom

          If they had no guns they would find or make other weapons, like bombs. People intent on killing others find ways to do it. And no matter what they use, it’s still the PERSON, no the WEAPON that is the problem. Bombs don’t go off unless someone puts them together & sets it off. Knives don’t jump out of drawers and attack. Guns don’t jump up & start shooting.

          PEOPLE with issues of whatever kind they have, are the common denominator in all attacks.

          • James kinsey

            It’s a lot easier to eliminate guns than to eliminate people.

          • Cthulhu21

            Eliminating guns won’t eliminate the problem.

        • Stop spread misinformation

          In Austria last week a man rammed his car intentionally into a crowrd of innocent people, then got out and starting stabbing people. The Boston Marathon bombers didn’t use a gun to kill and maim a large number of people.

          And PLEASE don’t post nonsense about buying “assault rifles from their local supermarkets”. It’s obvious you don’t have the slightest idea about US gun laws. You’re just as bad as the reporters and politicians who talk about a “gun show loophole”, but have never been to a gun show (where they would discover that 99% of the gun sellers are licensed dealers who perform background checks).

        • Cage SC

          I spent a quarter century in the military and can assure you there is no such thing as an “assault rifle.”

          I understand the visual concept many now mistakingly have regarding this ignorant misnomer. Unfortunately, the misconcept is due to the long and pervasive money-making “blood leads” mindset used by the media and hollywood misreprentation of such arms.

          People, such as yourself, are referring to fully automatic (one squeeze of the trigger and multiple rounds are fired) firearms. These weapons are made and sold soley to military and law enforcement entities. Civilians essentially cannot own them. Military grade weapons (like ISIS uses or that are seen in Hollywood movies) are not being used by mass killers as described in Charleston, so they should not be part of any argument.

          Only SEMI automatic rifles are ever sold in stores today, regardless of their appearance. And, I fully assure you, the way a gun looks does not determine its functionality.

          There is no more an assault rifle than there is an assault bat, assault noose or an assault machete.

  • John Yarling

    I read today that the gunman-killer tried to commit suicide but ran out of bullets.
    We can discuss what the motivation for his sick act was, but no matter how many labels we have…racist, bigot, gun nut, angry, etc.etc.etc…the mental health problems with people like this should be our primary concern. In this country it seems unless someone is drooling from the mouth and their eyes are rolling back in their heads we don’t consider them criminally insane. I believe anyone who would do this is criminally insane. Lock him away forever.

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