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Edwards Re-Hires Atheist Blogger in Response to Online E-Mail Campaign

February 8, 2007 | 4 Comments

Raleigh, North Carolina, February 8, 2007
Special to the Raving Atheist

An e-mail campaign launched by a blog which frequently criticizes religion under the post category “a**holes” has convinced Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards to reinstate atheist Amanda Marcotte as his website’s blogmaster.

Responding to a plea to “voice [their] support” for Ms. Marcotte, readers of the Feministe blog nearly crashed Edward’s server with e-mails demanding the former Pandagon blogger’s reinstatement. Marcotte was reportedly fired yesterday for comments interpreted as critical of religion.

“We now realize that our campaign would lose all credibility if we caved into the a**holes and dismissed Ms. Marcotte,” said campaign spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri. “We cannot remain true to our secular principles if we were to silence one of America’s leading atheistic voices.”

Although Ms. Marcotte has remained silent throughout the controversy — both at her Pandagon blog and the Edwards’ site — she is expected to make a statement shortly repeating and reaffirming her contempt for faith in all of its forms. “I cannot pretend to be a woman of integrity unless I clear the air on this matter,” she said. Speculation has it that Ms. Marcotte will use the Edwards’ blog to showcase a month-long series of posts on theology, inviting atheist luminaries including Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Sam Harris (The End of Faith) to debunk a**hole beliefs.

Ms. Marcotte has also expressed a desire use the Edwards campaign to eliminate not just religion, but any form of spirituality. “Human beings are merely empty receptacles for blind, chattering matter,” she declared. “I hereby reiterate what I noted three weeks ago: consciousness can be written off as a biological function . . . I see something, brain registers it through nerve impulses, etc. . . . [n]o soul necessary.”


4 Responses to “Edwards Re-Hires Atheist Blogger in Response to Online E-Mail Campaign”

  1. Professor Chaos
    February 8th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    How about those Colts?

    It’s been pretty cold lately.

  2. Kate B.
    February 8th, 2007 @ 2:29 pm

    Dear Democratic Party,

    Could you pleasepleasePLEASE run a real candidate? Edwards is clueless, nobody trusts Hilary, and everyone wants more experience than Obama has. If you don’t find a REAL candidate to put forward soon, we’re guaranteed to have four more years of Republicans in the White House. Is that what you really want?

    Kate B.

  3. qedpro
    February 9th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    I would really like wesley clark. i don’t understand why he doesn’t get any traction.

  4. Saint Gasoline
    February 9th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Very interesting stuff. Not only can you not be an atheist and expect to hold political offices–you also can’t know any.

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