Media Lowball Killer’s Atheism – OpEd


The media have had plenty of time to discuss Devin Kelley’s atheism and the role it may have played in gunning down the faithful during a religious service in a Texas church. But few have shown much interest in doing so.

This carries even more weight when we consider what was reported on “Good Morning Washington.” The story said, “a family member says he was an atheist who doesn’t like the church and hated religious people.” Kelley didn’t dislike religious people—he hated them.

The following media outlets cited Kelley’s atheism:

ABC (“Good Morning America”)
Boston Globe
CNN Wire
Fox News
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
Washington Times

The following did a profile of Kelley’s background, but said nothing about his hateful brand of atheism:

Associated Press
USA Today
Washington Post

The following left-wing Internet sites covered Kelley’s background, but did not report his militant atheism:

Daily Beast
Daily Kos
Huffington Post
Mother Jones
Think Progress

Kelley’s murderous acts were clearly due to a range of variables, but not to mention that he “hated religious people” is irresponsible.

Had he been an ex-altar boy who attended a Catholic college, it would have been the subject of extensive coverage and unyielding analysis, complete with cheap shots at Catholicism. But because he shared the same animus harbored by many in the media, it wasn’t worth noting.

William Donohue

William Donohue is the current president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the United States, and has held that position since 1993.

One thought on “Media Lowball Killer’s Atheism – OpEd

  • November 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    You have taken one instance of a mentally ill persons destructive behavior and applied it to all Atheists. If you read the writings of such folks you will find they are concerned with behavior that is based on the ethical education of the individual, and not on fairy tales. From reading what you have written it appears that you use your (superior) knowledge of all things to condemn those outside your group who do not agree with your beliefs.


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