Dan Caplis, a radio talk show host on KNUS in Denver, claimed yesterday that racists could not believe in God and therefore had to be atheists.
According to the Friendly Atheist, Caplis was talking about the racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (audio below).
"The roots of this kind of racism, this kind of attitude where somebody really thinks they’re superior to somebody, just because of the color of the other person’s skin?" asked Caplis.
"First, what it tells me, you know, my constitutionally-protected opinion about that person, is they don’t believe in God," added Caplis. "Nobody who believes in God can be a racist, in my view, because once you believe God made us, you mean, God made junk? God made somebody lesser just by virtue of the color of their skin? So my starting point is always, all racists must be atheists. They can’t possibly believe in God."
RawStory.com notes that Caplis repeatedly made his claim about racists being atheists (audio below).
“You cannot believe in God and be a racist because, if you believe in God, then you cannot possibly believe that God made somebody inferior just because of the color of their skin,” added Caplis.
Later, the talk show host clarified his position (audio below).
“I apologize if it was taken that way, but never could’ve imagined somebody would think I was saying that all atheists are racists," said Caplis. "That would be a goofy thing to say. I was just saying all racists are atheists.”
However, Caplis failed to mention the long history of racism among Christians, including the Southern Baptist Convention, which was formed on a pro-slavery platform in 1845, but didn't make a formal apology until 2009, noted NPR.
MyFox.Al.com reported on an pastor's convention in 2012 that was only open to whites in Alabama.