Anatomy of an Atheist Extortion Gone Wrong

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Update 2:

Alec V Fox seems to be a 17-year or 18-year old from New Providence High School¬†The principal of the school is Lauren Zirpoli. A directory here of the teachers doesn’t list Lauren’s contact info but this is something she definitely should know about!

Update 1:

Turns out @eating.beans15 and Alec V Fox are the same persons!

Original Story:

It doesn’t get any better than this. A group of self-righteous, pompous and angry atheists, declaring themselves to be the beacons of ethics, the moral elite, carrying contempt for all that are beneath them, find themselves attempting to commit extortion. That’s correct – the criminal variety of extortion. Real money, real demands. Here’s the play by play with screenshots.

First, because so many atheists seem to not understand what it is, let’s define extortion. As per Merriam-Webster:

ex tor tion – The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.

What was the threat? To continue to reveal personal information or have people visit my place of residence unless $2,000 was sent over.

I played along. Once they realized it, they scattered like roaches when the lights suddenly went on.

It all begins with user @eating.beans15 (User name has changed since this episode), claiming that they’ve doxxed me and informing Alexander Fox who goes by the name Alec V. Fox or Alec Fox, supposedly an intern at some NY hospital, about it. To the untrained eye, it looks like lots of contact information.

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Anyone with any clue about technology would know that there is no personal information in the first doxx attempt, it is an attempt to display the whois info of a domain that has been veiled with privacy and a proxy registrant. Alexander, the apparent ringleader, quickly realizes its not good information and they both dump that data but continue to pursue to try to identify me.

Several hours later, they claim to have more information. They claim to have my IP address and phone numbers. The demand? Delete the @atheism_is_dead_official Instagram page. Interested in knowing what they’ve got I give them permission (which I rescinded later) to display my private information.

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So they then post the info (below). And as expected, they’ve got the wrong info. At this point, I am not sure how they got this information or how this person has become affiliated (if you’re reading this Matthew, email us! and we’re sorry for all this!).

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What do you call people who so stubbornly believe something is true when it is clearly false? Atheists. So we decided to play along. The weaker we pretended to be the more emboldened they became.

 

“Aw, you could get hurt!” – Alexander Fox

Even telling them exposing that information could get me hurt got me nowhere. They relished in the idea that I was exposed and that physical harm could come to me. That’s when they decided to ask for money, thinking they had me cornered. Perfect.

 

What a sicko. And atheists are the bad guys?! – Kelsey Cardinal, one of the extortionists according to Alexander

In meantime, Kelsey Cardinal (Instagram @kelseyac91) gets involved and started to pounce on the person she thought was me, hurling personal insults. She went in deep.

 

To see who else is involved, I ask a bunch of them if they are aware of the financial demand being made. Instagram @bad_boy_atheist and Kelsey Cardinal claim they are aware of the extortion.

 

Notice the @eating.beans15 demand that I ask God to delete the comments. Spoiler: The comments do get deleted by @eating.beans15 himself. What they seem to fail to understand is that I can easily delete the entire thread myself if I chose to. By asking them to delete it, I was appeasing to their egos and there is no better way to trip up an atheist than fondle with his ego because that is the root epistemology of their belief system.

In meantime, in DMs, a price is being negotiated. I tried to bait them pretending I understood it to be $20,000 instead of $2,000 to see if they would ante up, but they seemed to have missed that opportunity. Here’s what’s happening in DM at around the same time:

 

 

 

I’ll make sure Kelsey doesn’t either – Alexander

At this point, Alexander seems to implicate Kelsey’s involvement. It will be from her PayPal account that a request for the money will be made. I still have the transaction ID from that request which can be used to trace the source origin. Here is Alexander now speaking on behalf of Kelsey for the money and how it should be transferred. They had no clue what they were doing.

First off, I demand $1.25K – Alexander

Eventually we get a PayPal request for $1,250. In order to spread the request, I force them to resend it to multiple destinations by pretending I’ve been receiving multiple requests from potentially multiple parties.

Here’s the PayPal request.

 

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The transaction ID for the request is

Transaction ID: U-5RC76796BG153035C

Money requests are sent to multiple email accounts across state lines, to multiple parties.

Now it’s time to bring atheists back to reality and inform them of their handiwork.

First, I break off negotiations.

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That’s when it hit them that they are in trouble. For good measure, I let them know what crime they’ve just committed. Within seconds they deleted their accounts and scurried off.

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Also my prayers were answered. The comments the atheists asked me to pray have deleted got deleted. By them ūüôā

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The God Claim Myth

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The first trap the theist falls into is the myth that God is a claim. And since it is a claim, the atheist says, the theist now has been positioned to carry the burden of proving that claim. For the atheist, this positioning is advantageous because no criteria has been established on what is or isn’t proof. Therefore, the atheist merely needs to reject it, an easy task for the ill-intentioned.

The notion that the existence of God, a supreme Being and Creator, need not be a claim anymore than reality is a claim. For most theists, God is the greater reality and what we perceive to be reality is now only a temporary state. When the atheist then asks what the proof for this greater reality is, the theist merely needs to demand atheist prove reality exists without committing and type of fallacy. This will be impossible for the atheist because any proof of reality requires use of reality as evidence. The atheist falls into a cyclical conundrum. The more accomplished atheismist realizes this problem while the foolhardy atheismist persists in proclaiming evidence of reality doesn’t presuppose itself.

Put more succinctly – The concept of God supersedes the concept of reality in the mind of the theist. The atheist is satisfied with mundane material as the end all and be all, unable to prove that reality exists while defiantly establishing an entire worldview based on that unprovability – others would call it a delusion.

Independent criticism of atheism

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Prove it.

There’s no atheismist that can survive these two words. Atheismists would have you believe they own and have a monopoly on these two words as they run amok across the Interwebs demanding proof for things. However, I’ve found that asking atheismists for proofs for a great many of their claims really ends up putting them in a bind. Atheismists carry a large number of myths, rumors and fallacies. ¬†It is always a joy to see an atheismists reaction to “prove it”. Many atheists look appalled and shocked, as if asking an atheismist for proof is audacious, arrogant and condescending act, something beneath them. Other atheismists exasperatedly claim it is ironic that I’m asking them for proof. Only a few will take up the challenge. But most all will fail to prove much of the claims they make.

“Most scientists are atheists”

Prove it.

And they still can’t.

This is why AtheismIsDead.com is about one thing and one thing only: The independent criticism, critique and questioning of atheism, its logical implications and questions, the history of atheism and the violence it has unleashed, and the common and popular myths and fallacies atheismists peddle and perpetuate. Atheism can and should be criticized without the fallacious atheismist narrative that it can only be criticized in the context of the presentation of proof of God. No, it doesn’t and there’s nothing an atheismist can say that needs to change that. It is entirely legitimate and acceptable that we criticize atheism for what it is and not feel obligated to place us at the feet of an atheismist, presenting evidence in hopes of gaining some sense of acceptance. Those days are over, atheismist.

 

How To Become An Atheist In 3 Steps

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Here’s how to become an atheist in three very short steps:

  1. Pick any god besides your own
  2. Give reasons why you don’t believe in it
  3. Apply now same reasons to your own god

Voila! You should be an atheist instantly.

Except that it is an entirely fallacious heuristic.

I came across this¬†meme, the preferred mechanism for atheismists¬†to disseminate and absorb knowledge, that stated the above Insta-atheist formula, in a bright yellow background and typographic chaos. You can view it here, but I warn you, it looks like an 8-year old’s third day ever using Microsoft Paint. We made alterations to the meme to suit the mood.

So what’s the problem with these steps? Actually, there are quite a few but first and foremost is that it commits the false equivalency fallacy (we’ll call it FEF). This fallacy is committed when two arguments are made to seem equal but are not. In our context, the FEF is that all gods are equal. The basis for this equalization is the unproven assumption that there is no evidence for God.

The way to counter this fallacy is to first identify the assumption embedded in it and then pick it apart. Doing so will force the indoctrinated atheismist to commit several other fallacies which you can call them out on and correct. Here’s a simulation:

Atheismist: “..apply now same reasons to your own god! Aha! I’m so clever!”

You: “Your approach is only valid if all gods are equal. Prove all gods are equal.” [Tease out a claim]

Atheismist: “Your an idiot! There is no evidence of any god!!” [Makes a claim, usually coupled with a spelling error / insult combo]

You: “Prove there is no evidence of any god.” [Place burden of proof]

Atheismist: “Your such a child! Prove your God!” [Shifts burden]

You: “I made no claims about God, you made a claim no evidence of god exists, prove it.” [Refocus on claim]

Atheismist: “You can’t prove god exists? I thought so!” [Ad hom]

You: “There is no burden of proof on me since I made no claim. Do you refuse to prove your claim?”

Atheismist: “I don’t need to prove it, you need to show evidence that I’m wrong!”

You: “Are you suggesting you can make a claim and I need to prove it?”

Atheismist: “It’s unfalsifiable, dude! Everyone knows that! It cannot be proven!”

You: “Therefore you cannot claim it. And if you can’t claim it, you cannot use it as an assumption to arrive at conclusions.”

And they are done, minus the hysterics, repeated demands, insults and theatrics that will follow.

Usage? Rinse and repeat. After over 2,000 debates with atheists, I guarantee this will more or less be the structure of their debate. The key is to remain calm and just deliver the counters. Be careful that they don’t reverse a question that you ask and conveniently and fallaciously turn it into a claim, i.e.

You: “Prove gravity exists.”

Atheismist: “HAHAHA hey guys check this guy out he thinks gravity is not real”

The additional set of assumptions that are conveniently made include:

  1. The assumption that each god is mutually exclusive
  2. The assumption that each god doesn’t in effect represent a belief in one higher God
  3. The assumption that polytheists do not believe in one higher God
  4. The assumption that the epistemology, or how we come to gain knowledge about God, are identical for all gods
  5. The assumption that a different name for god is a different god

The atheismist’s strategy is to divide and conquer (and theists do help atheismists in this regard, I must ¬†admit, in their constant quarreling with other theists) and segregate out gods as independent objects. What they will refuse to acknowledge is the general consensus among theists, deists and most polytheist is the general notion that a higher power exists and we differ in some of the interpretations. Because the name of God may differ with different peoples, atheists wish to sever that tie that bonds theism and create and leverage friction.

Let’s look at this another way. Imagine a true god X exists. Not everyone believes in true god X because not all people necessarily choose to believe in things that are true. Theist A believes in god X. God X has revealed a text and that text somehow, for argument sake, establish its authenticity and integrity as being from god X. Theist¬†B does not believe in god X. B’s reason for rejecting A is that the moral code in the text does not fit with her worldview of justice. So she commits a false negative in rejecting god X.

Using the heuristics proposed by atheists above, the atheismist should also reject god X. Because, after all, someone rejected god X and therefore god X should be rejected.

We can also play around with this set of heuristics, for illustration purposes only:

  1. Pick any set of morals besides your own
  2. Give reasons why you don’t believe in it
  3. Now apply same reason to your own morals

Conclusion: Everybody’s morals are wrong. If that didn’t make it clear how fallacious the heuristic is, this should:

  1. Pick any country besides your own
  2. Give reasons why you don’t live there
  3. Now apply same reason to your own country

Huh? All of a sudden, this should all stop making sense. The atheismist will complain well not all countries are the same and so on so forth, which is exactly the point. It is unproven that all gods are the same and it is on the atheismist to prove that.

Let’s revise our 3 steps to becoming an atheist. They are:

  1. Make an unproven assumption
  2. Pretend the assumption is true
  3. Derive a conclusion from that assumption

That’ll do it. Its worked for millions.

The etymological fallacy

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Often you’ll find atheists (or atheismists, as I’d like to call them – and you should too) claiming that the definition of atheism is the lack of belief, and despite over a dozen other dictionaries saying otherwise, atheists will adamantly stick to the one or two dictionaries they can cherry pick to suit their agenda. Alternatively, a subset of these atheists will resort to using the etymology of atheism¬†as proof of its definition and will reposition your rebuttal and rejection of¬†etymology as proof of the definition of a word¬†to the strawman that you are rejecting¬†etymology. What these atheists commit in this case is the the Etymology Fallacy, where they claim the definition of atheism is its etymology.

An example of this fallacy is using the word breakfast. When you eat breakfast you are not strictly and necessarily breaking a fast. It is possible, and often so, that you haven’t eaten at all while you slept through night, not waking up to drink or eat something. Despite that, however, you are not breaking a fast in the morning but are having breakfast. Words go through semantic change and depart from their etymology. Breakfast food¬† is food that we associate with having in the morning, perhaps cereal, toast or eggs.

The Economist has an interesting article on this fallacy, using the word transpire, which etymologically means¬†“to breathe across”, a meaning no one uses today. Check the article out here:¬†Etymology fallacy.

Enjoy and use it on an atheist TODAY.

UPDATE: No sooner than posting this on our popular Instagram page did an atheist commit the very strawman I said they commit, namely shifting the argument from rejecting etymology as necessarily the definition of a word to the strawman of rejecting etymology. You can see the post here. Thanks for the gift Aaron!

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The Atheismist

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In my debates with atheists, a recurring theme and a trend gaining momentum is the notion that atheism is not a belief that there is no God but a lack of belief in God. The goal of the atheist is to position themselves in a debate to have the upper hand by claiming they have no beliefs and are therefore not liable for anything. Touche, atheist, touche. However, we can differentiate between this definition of an atheist and an atheist that specifically has beliefs about atheism. What kinds of beliefs about atheism? Almost any, and here are some common one’s that I’ve come across in my debates with atheists on Instagram, Twitter and now Facebook.

  • “Atheism is a conclusion”
  • “Atheism is true” or any positive assertion about atheism.
  • “Atheism is science and science is atheism” and statements like this linking atheism to science.

Here are two examples. The first an atheist on Instagram who vehemently asserts atheism and science are the same thing:

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And the American Atheist’s homepage that states, regarding an upcoming convention,

Speakers will cover a broad range of topics…but we will pay particular attention to the intersection of the sciences and atheism”.

You can see this statement in the screenshot below. Why does atheism, supposedly only a lack of belief, all of a sudden now have an intersection with “the sciences”? Here’s why. The atheist has decided to associate anything positive they possibly could with atheism and then hide behind the “definition of atheism” when disassociating or positioning themselves to remain on the offense.

 

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For these kinds of atheists, I propose a new term: atheismist. An atheismist is an atheist that has any type of positive belief about atheism or negative belief about theism. They also typically  associate or correlate atheism with anything positive. What does emerge mentality about atheism is a body of popular beliefs atheismists have. Which is what I focus on debunking. If atheists feel they can hide behind a definition of atheism, they shouldn’t be spared on the beliefs they have about atheism.

Till next time, tootle loo.

 

Requiem for atheism

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A common retort atheists make on¬†the Atheism Is Dead¬†Instagram page is that “atheism is rising.” Here’s why that’s not true and why atheists feel the need to use it as an argument.

Tell an atheist that there are far, far more theists in the world than atheists and you’ll get some snarky response like “Numbers don’t matter” or statement (misstatement) of some category of fallacy such as “appeal to authority” or, more accurately, an “appeal to popularity”. Despite knowing this category of fallacy, atheists will still peddle the notion that atheism is rising. This notion is no less an appeal to popularity but atheists will conveniently adjust positions to suit a particular¬†argument or debate, a tactic we like to call with a term we’ve coined:¬†arbitrary¬†posturing. Why do atheists have a need to call out a fallacy and then turn around to commit it themselves whenever it is convenient? The answer is simple: To project an image of imminent dominance and obscure the fact that atheists have been the global minority for thousands of years.

So is atheism rising? Not really. According to Pew, atheism is projected to decline globally. ¬†Here’s a graph (click here for source) from Pew that shows the percentage of the unaffiliated declining. Now, mind you, because someone is unaffiliated doesn’t make them an atheist. What that means is that atheists are even a smaller segment of the global population than the unaffiliated.

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Pew even goes on to say:

Some social theorists have suggested that as countries develop economically, more of their residents will move away from religious affiliation, as has been seen in Europe. But there is little evidence of such a phenomenon in Muslim-majority countries. Moreover, in Hindu-majority India, religious affiliation is still nearly universal despite rapid economic and social change.

So the future for atheism is grim. Advancement in technology and an increasingly educated population are no guarantees people will move away from religious affiliation, much less become atheists.

Cracking Enigma: Atheists get it wrong

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Recently we asked atheists on our Instagram page who they thought was the first person to crack the German Nazi Enigma, an act that many believed ushered in an end to WWII.

 

It wasn’t a surprise when many atheists responded with Alan Turing as their answer.

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However, Alan Turing is not entirely the correct answer. This is possibly because the two movies on the subject, The Imitation Game and Enigma, are centered around Alan Turing and atheists tend to pass around fallacious information on Instragram without taking the time to research the matter thoroughly. ¬†Alan Turing alone cannot be credited with the success of cracking the Enigma. Poland was first able to decipher the Enigma. At the forefront of this work was the Polish mathematician Marian Rejewski. In fact, there is a plaque in Bletchley Park which states in “commemorating the work of Marian Rejewsk, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski, mathematicians of the Polish intelligence service, in first breaking the Enigma code.” The US CIA page also attributes Poland with first breaking the code here.

And here is Sarah Knapton from the Science section of The Telegraph stating “But few people realise that early Enigma codes had¬†already been broken by the Poles who then passed on the knowledge to Britain shortly before the outbreak of war”

Sorry, atheists.

And so it begins..

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This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to focus on criticisms of atheism, the implications atheism has, the actions of atheists – specifically the anti-theist and New Atheist – and we’re going to debunk them. We’ll look at the massive amounts of fallacious content atheists are produce across various social media and debunk them. We make no claims, we don’t ask you to believe in anything.