While atheists will demur, it seems that miracles still happen. One of Australia’s most foul-mouthed, bigoted and vile columnists has just lost her job. Atheist Catherine Deveny has just been fired by the Melbourne Age newspaper.
Even this godless newspaper has finally decided that enough is enough. While she was not dropped for her militant and fundamentalist atheism, she was dropped for some despicable and disgusting comments she made about Sunday night’s Logies ceremony.
The “comedian” and columnist used Twitter to send a series of damning remarks about the evening’s proceedings. She said this about child star Bindi Irwin: “I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid”. And she said this about Rove McManus and his wife Tasma, “Rove and Tasma look so cute … hope she doesn’t die, too”.
This of course was in reference to the death of his first wife, Belinda Emmett, who succumbed to cancer in 2006. Even fellow secular entertainers were appalled at her remarks. John-Michael Howson called her “a pathetic loser,” and said, “She is the most vile creature in Melbourne’s media”.
Melbourne radio personality Neil Mitchell said her comments were “vulgar, sick stuff”. But Ms Deveney refused to apologise, and defended her actions. “I meant every single word,” she said. As a result of all this, the Editor-In-Chief of the Age Paul Ramadge, was forced to fire her. “We are appreciative of the columns Catherine has written for The Age over several years but the views she has expressed recently on Twitter are not in keeping with the standards we set at The Age,” he said.
Of course she has said plenty over the years which should have resulted in her getting the sack. She recently appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a show entitled, “God is Bulls**t: That’s the Good News”. This is how the “comedy act” is described:
“Strap yourself in for a death-defying ride through Catherine’s spiritual journey from wannabe Catholic altar girl to atheist eye candy. Includes diversions to the megachurch experience, the cult of the Quakers, taking on Cardinal George Pell in a faceoff and her diagnosis that God has Narcissistic Personality Disorder – even though he doesn’t exist. A big finish. Trust me.”
Riotously funny I am sure. She has managed to offend a good 80 to 90 per cent of the world’s population with that routine. That should have been enough for the Age to get the hint that she is not worth her paycheque. But she continued to write, spouting forth the most obnoxious trash.
Just last week for example she said this about Anzac Day: “Men only enlisted to fight for the money, for the adventure or because they were racist. Anzac Day Sh**s Me. Anzac Day IS a glorification of war. They didn’t die for us but because they were risktaking testosterone fuelled men with a pack mentality.”
Well she can continue her poison-tongued tirades, but at least now it will not be in a major newspaper. How in the world they could ever have employed her for so long is beyond me. I have interacted with her ugly remarks from time to time, including here:
I mentioned in those articles that even though she was a bigoted and twisted God-hater who obviously has lots of issues to deal with, we must nonetheless recognise that God has made her in his image, and although she is fallen big time – as we all are – she is still someone for whom Christ died.
I have no idea what she is going through now. She appears not to have the slightest bit of remorse for her barbaric attacks. She may in fact simply become more hardened, more bitter, and more twisted. But we can all pray that despite this cold steel exterior somewhere deep down inside there is still a soft spot that God can work with.
I for one am absolutely thrilled that she no longer has the Age as a vehicle to pour forth her wretched rants. She has finally got what was coming to her. But we must remember to pray for her. She desperately needs to come to the foot of the cross, and find the mercy, grace and forgiveness that she so very much needs.
Indeed, we all need the cross, and some of us have already made that decision to renounce self and put God first. Let us all pray that she makes that decision as well, in what may be a time of crisis for her.