What TJ (The Amazing Atheist) is basically trying to say is that people die because of tragic situations every day, and that focusing only on Amanda Todd diminishes the suffering of others. I agree that focusing on this one tragedy does diminish and ignores all the other children out there that die in similar or worse situations, but I also think that TJ probably could have done a better job of getting his message across. Regardless of my feelings on this subject, TJ has a right to express how he feels and I am not going to make this into a post about TJ and his unconventional methods.
Now PZ has his lady bloomers in a wad over what TJ has done and is trashing the shit out of him for not being 'near tears' about the Amanda Todd tragedy. Because according to PZ, 'Normal human beings will read about her and be near tears'. So if you are not near tears about Amanda Todd, you are not a normal human being.
I guess you can count the majority of the world population as being abnormal then, because most people do not cry for people they never knew. Sure we may feel bad and have some sort of minor emotional response, but most will not breakdown into floods of tears upon hearing something like the Amanda Todd story. Does that mean people are callous fucks? No, it just means they didn't have any personal connection to her and are not emotionally attached to the situation. That is actually pretty normal, and not what PZ has declared to be normal.
But wait, it gets better... PZ is tearing into TJ for not having any compassion and states the following in his post:
'All you have to do is look at people like the Amazing Atheist to see that some atheists, people who are convinced that there is nothing beyond ourselves, that we are dependent entirely on our fellow human beings and nothing more, lack that humanity that is our only source of unity and our only true reason for living.
Don’t be surprised that some of us want nothing to do with such sociopaths'.Really PZ? Well then I suggest that no one have anything to do with you because of what you wrote about the octopus and the Korean woman who was murdered by her boyfriend with it:
So let me get this straight PZ... You have compassion for a white middle class teen who committed suicide, but not a Korean Woman who was murdered by her boyfriend in a horrific way by being choked to death with an octopus? You have more compassion for the fucking octopus than this poor woman?
Wow... And TJ is the sociopath...