Was Timothy McVeigh an Atheist?

I could take this opportunity to chant that religion ruins everything but instead I’ll simply ask this: If religion makes you good, why doesn’t it work for everyone? Don’t spout that he was not a true Christian or that he had moved away from god somehow. Religion lead him to that point in life where he decided to blow up a building and the people inside. Religion was there the whole time and never made him a better person .. or if it did I hate to think of what he would have been without it. In the end a believer, through his beilefs and convictions, decided to kill others in the name of an ideology and not as self defense or protection of others from physical harm.

Was he crazy? Check
Was he theist? Check
Did he kill for his ideas? Check

I don’t see how any of that praying and belief did any good.

The AtheFist

Timothy Mcveigh - BRESCOLAFor you young ‘uns, Timothy McVeigh was the Oklahoma City bomber. Prior to 9/11 this (and the Waco siege) dominated discussions about terrorism, conspiracy theory and so forth in the United States. If you want to know what happened you can read up here. The short version is that a very disturbed, right-wing, nutcase detonated a huge bomb next to a federal building as a sort of ‘first blow’ in a war on ‘socialism’ and the government. Keep in mind that the rhetoric surrounding Obama has been much worse and yet nothing similar seems to have happened, yet.

These kinds of things go in cycles and, of late, much seems to be being made of Timothy McVeigh’s supposed atheism. When you bring up religious bombings, incidents and acts of terror someone inevitably points to McVeigh as an example of atheist terror. Even if one were to accept this characterisation…

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  1. Interesting post. Thanks for this 🙂

    • You’re welcome. I thought it was thought provoking in the wake of the Boston tragedy.

    • aynway
    • April 25th, 2013

    I can’t like this enough. It covers every salient point. Thank you.

    • Thanks for stopping by … it’s a good read

  2. I’m an atheist but I can tell you that McVeigh didn’t do this because he’s Christian. He was a lapsed Catholic libertarian who viewed the expansion of the federal government as intolerable. To suggest that Christianity/religion is wrong and Atheism is the answer concentrates on just one piece of the puzzle. I do believe that Atheism is superior to religious beliefs but, unfortunately, most people require the cultural residue of Judeo-Christianity to stop them acting like animals.

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