The atheist who’s already a ‘bizarre’ figure in the West is being talked about by celebrities.
The writer and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member has been a polarising figure for years for his refusal to take a “no religion” stance.
The latest, and most extreme, backlash comes from comedian Billy Ray Cyrus, who’s been a critic of atheists and atheists in general, and is currently promoting a new documentary called “I Am Atheist.”
Cyrus recently took to Twitter to slam atheists, who he says have been “lazy, selfish and destructive” in the world.
“I’m not a fan of atheism.
I have nothing against anyone who does not believe in God or the existence of a creator.
I am an atheist, and I believe in my own atheism,” he tweeted.
“But if you can’t handle my love for your beloved world, you are not a human.
I’m a strong person. “
I’m no longer an angry, sad person.
Atheism is a wonderful, wonderful thing. “
I am an optimistic person, and a compassionate person.
Atheism is a wonderful, wonderful thing.
It gives me hope.
I feel good about being an atheist.”
Cyrus’ comments were first reported by The New York Post.
The comedian and his wife, singer Katy Perry, have two sons, Dylan, 13, and Jacob, 11, who are both atheists.
“There are a lot of people in the atheist community who are so selfish and so destructive that I really just can’t imagine how they feel,” he told the newspaper.
Cysar has also become an outspoken critic of the media and a critic in the wider public of atheists.
The former “SNL” castmate, who has been involved in a long feud with Cyrus over his views on religion and atheism, wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday that “the media is trying to ruin my life” by using him as an example.
“What is the point of being an outspoken atheist if the media wants to destroy my life?” he tweeted, referencing his “SNLS” days, which aired in 1991.
The comedian told the paper that he’s received death threats since the comments were made, but that he didn’t believe that the backlash was a reaction to atheism.
He told the Times that he “has a great sense of humor and doesn’t have the same kind of emotional baggage” that Cyrus does.
“But I’m not going to stand for this.
I don’t want to be a part of this kind of crap,” he said.
Cyrus was also quoted in a recent Vanity Fair article as saying he thinks people in America are “doomed to a certain extent” because they’re “unable to face reality and accept the possibility that the world is not what it used to be.”
“So many of us in this country are trapped in a kind of denial,” he added.
“It’s a kind a denial that doesn’t allow for a healthy, robust and honest discussion of this issue.”