Posted March 05, 2018 08:51:58 A couple of days ago, I saw this article on The New Atheist, a conservative website that regularly posts articles about the atheist movement.
In it, a man named Tim Hunt, an atheist in New Zealand, describes a woman who had recently moved from Australia to New Zealand.
The article states that the woman, who has been living in New York for the past year, is “a very nice, kind, intelligent woman” who “has an extraordinary capacity to read people’s minds and to have a great deal of compassion for people in need.”
The woman was in a hotel room, with her dog.
She told Hunt that she had a flat piercing.
“I’ve never had a piercing before,” Hunt says.
Hunt says she was shocked when she saw the piercing on her.
“And then I realized, ‘Oh, this is a piercing that a person can have and it’s going to happen to me.'”
Hunt says he decided to write a letter of apology to the woman.
He wanted to tell her, “I’m sorry you had to experience this.”
The letter reads, “It was an unfortunate and unprofessional experience that I’ve had with this woman.
You’ve made me realize that it’s not OK to have these experiences, and I’m sorry that you’ve had to deal with them.
I would not have done what I did, or any of the things that I did.”
Hunt’s letter reads in part, “My sincere apologies.”
In response to the article, a representative for the New Zealand Atheists told me, “The New Zealand atheist community does not endorse the practice of flat-piercing.”
The representative also told me that it “has been very difficult for Tim Hunt to deal” with the incident.
I contacted Tim Hunt about the incident, and he said he would respond to my letter.
Hunt said in an email that he has not been contacted by the woman about her experience.
Update: Tim Hunt has replied to me.
I’m not surprised that Hunt didn’t respond to the New Zealander’s apology.
In the past, Hunt has said, “If I have offended anyone, I apologize and I know that I have.”
Update 2: Hunt told me in an interview with BuzzFeed that he didn’t mean to offend the woman but that she did not know about the piercing, and that it was a “mistake.”
He added, “She didn’t know that it would happen, so I’m really sorry.”
Hunt said that he had no idea the woman was an atheist.
He added, I’ve never even been to Australia, so it’s a little bit of a mystery to me what her views were.
He also said that it had been difficult for him to deal.
“It’s a very difficult thing to deal in public.
It’s not something that you would normally have to explain to people.”
Hunt’s apology is not surprising given that atheists are often the target of “religious bigotry,” as one critic wrote in a recent article.
The Huffington Post reported last year that, “A majority of Americans believe in God, but just over half (54 percent) of atheists believe in some form of god.”
“The New Atheists are no exception,” the article said.
“The group’s president, John McSherry, is a retired military officer who claims he served in the Air Force, but his beliefs are not the same as those of his fellow soldiers.”
I’ve reached out to Tim Hunt for comment.
This post has been updated with Hunt’s response.