Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Norm Macdonald stirred up a Sunday evening hornet’s nest with a series of tweets and replies on religion, tolerance, and respect for people of faith. It seems to have started with the above tweet from a reader of his who took offense at a public expression of faith during a PGA tournament broadcast.
Undoubtedly to the Christian-bashing reader’s surprise, Macdonald responded in defense of those who read scripture:
Macdonald retweeted a reader who opined that a lot of PGA golfers read scripture:
@normmacdonald I know most pga tour golfers do.
— Nancy Moroli (@goldenaspen) March 17, 2013
The comedian added:
Next came a flood of outraged tweets from atheist Twitter users, some of which Macdonald retweeted.
— Rick Nawojski (@dickyboy13) March 17, 2013
“@normmacdonald: I think most people study the scriptures. Most people seem smart to me.”. I like a good fairy tale.
— Dr. Meyer (@Blooeybird) March 17, 2013
@normmacdonald hell, I hope not. I have ‘faith’ in rational thinking humans.
— Kevin sypher (@sypher1960) March 17, 2013
Some simply couldn’t believe it:
— The Left Populist (@TheLeftPopulist) March 17, 2013
One non-believer said religion was the worst thing to ever happen to Earth:
@normmacdonald Religion is the worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
— Ryan Maino (@PARecSpecs) March 17, 2013
Another claimed religion has caused more human deaths than anything else:
— J4R3D G4M8L3 (@DrHawk12) March 17, 2013
Macdonald came off looking tolerant and reasonable, whereas some of his more strident atheist critics seemed judgmental and hysterical.
— Michael Sorg (@mrsorg) March 17, 2013
@normmacdonald As a non-believer, I gotta say that capital-A Atheists are more tiresome than about 95% of all believers.
— Colin Meeder (@ColinMeeder) March 17, 2013
I love the fact that @normmacdonald is embarrassing a bunch of condescending atheists right now.
— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 18, 2013
— HistoryofMatt (@HistoryofMatt) March 17, 2013
Loving the the way @normmacdonald is playfully swatting away intolerant atheists right now.
— Jim J (@anthropocon) March 18, 2013