Following the conversation, Barton commented that atheists are really angry about the film and are, in fact, pretty angry in general about all sorts of things, which doesn’t make any sense. After all, Barton said, he doesn’t believe in UFOs or Bigfoot, but he is not out there trying to shut down people who do:
You challenge what they believe about evolution and they get angry. And you ask them questions they can’t answer about their own belief, they get angry. And I was thinking too, you know, they do that in so many areas, including faith areas.
I mean, here I am, I don’t believe in UFOs but, you know, there are some UFO societies out there – in December, I drove through Roswell, New Mexico and all the UFO societies – but I’m not suing to close them down. I’m not mad at them. I’m not angry with them. I just don’t believe in them.
In the same way, you know, the series that was on TV last year about in search of Bigfoot. Hey, I don’t believe in the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot or Sasquatch, but I’m not suing to shut these people down because they don’t believe like I believe.
I’ve had people tell me, hey, we never landed on the moon; that was a big government conspiracy and it never happened. I’m not looking to shut them down. I’m not mad about them believing that. I just think they’re wrong.
Why is it that atheists get mad? If they don’t believe in God, then why do they care if we do. And yet they go out there, working so hard and they’re so angry to shut down every expression. There’s groups that I don’t agree with and I don’t believe with, but I’m not angry at them and I’m not looking to shut down their existence.
And [Comfort] is right: atheists get angry because they do know that God exists. That’s what makes them mad.
First of all, anyone who preaches that “hate is a virute” probably ought not to be lecturing others about being angry.
And secondly, it should be noted that believers in UFOs and Bigfoot don’t have powerful, like-minded allies in Congress, nor do they have dozens of influential political organizations all operating with the goal of forcing the existence of Bigfoot and E.T. to be taught in public schools as fact and generally working to ensure that such beliefs form the basis of this nation’s public policy.