Sigh: Norm Macdonald apologizes for ‘making people angry’ with tweets about faith

As Twitchy reported, “Saturday Night Live” alumnus Norm Macdonald deleted a series of tweets on religion and faith after atheists piled on, informing him that “religion is the worst thing to ever happen to this planet.” We were disappointed to see the tweets disappear in a flood of intolerance, and now Macdonald has said he’ll stick to “jokes and golf.” Macdonald is a comedian, and we hope he’s just kidding about censoring himself to appease the tolerance bullies.

Macdonald did retweet this message of support, but clarified that he’s a believer in scripture “sometimes.” If this is his attempt to stick to jokes and golf, he’s failing already, and we’re glad about that.

Fans and supporters were quick to point out that an apology was far from necessary.

Now that’s comedy.

This wrap-up tweet explains … very little. In any case, we’ll be rooting for Macdonald to break his “jokes and golf” rule.

  • V the K

    A few tweets about religion and they go nuts? For people who claim to be centered on reason, atheists sure are a pissy and insecure bunch.

    • Osumashi Kinyobe


      And Norm MacDonald should NEVER have apologised.

      • meeester

        i second your Bingo

    • Sons Thunder

      You are using the same ‘logic’ found in every comment thread on this site. While there are loads of awesome Christians out there, if I use your logic, Ted Haggard represents Christians. And using your logic once more, the following statement is well-reasoned:

      For a group that claims to follow the teachings of the Son of God, Christians sure like to spend money donated to the church to smoke meth while engaging in homosexual acts with prostitutes.

      • TocksNedlog

        Well then, Thank GOD that you’ve found a way around that trap by not using logic at all!

        • V the K

          The funny part is… he tries to “refute” my point about how pissy and insecure Atheists are by being pissy and defensive. #Irony.

          • Zimriel

            He defended his group because you insulted everyone in it. If someone sees an insult directed in his general direction, and the insult’s got a bunch of updings attached, he’s not going to feel secure around here.

          • Sons Thunder

            I’m not an atheist. You, clearly, are not a mind reader.

          • Sons Thunder

            I’m curious if you’ll reply to the question I asked Tocks as well:

            Do you think it’s reasonable to make a claim about a group of millions based on the tweets of three of it’s members?

            P.S. I’m not an atheist but even if I were a defensive one, my post wouldn’t qualify as ironic.

        • Sons Thunder

          Do you think it’s reasonable to make a claim about a group of millions based on the tweets of three of it’s members?

  • Victoria Dawn

    You have a right to talk about whatever you wish. It is our duty, as children of our Creator, to spread the word of the scriptures, and love to all mankind. You have no reason to apologise. Stand up, put on your armour. A man who kneels before Jesus, can stand before anyone. I know, my Creator said so. 😀

  • Spatial Awareness

    Don’t ever explain. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.

    • Marie

      Yeah yeah, like every other atheist on earth, you come in here acting as if you were better than everyone else because you don’t believe in some stupid sky god. How very condescending of you, but then again, people like you are addicted to hypocrisy.

      And then you wonder why we assume that all atheists are condescending assholed like you. It might have to do with the fact that for me personally, every single atheist has treated me like shit for being Christian and Republican. I don’t evangelize. Never have and never will because I don’t care if anybody else goes to heaven or not. I don’t push my religion on others, but asshats like you assume that we all do.

      So what if someone claims to study Scripture? Did that really warrant the utterly ridiculous and demonstrably false assertion that religion is the worst thing to have happened to the world? No.

      Don’t like studying scripture, say so without the insults, name calling and hyperbole. Then we won’t have a reason to whine about atheist bullying.

      • Spatial Awareness

        Where in my comment does it say I’m an atheist?

    • Brian Roastbeef

      I don’t think he should have apologized either, but it really is very much in character for him. After saying anything remotely controversial (usually on our side) he always steps back and tries to keep everything apolitical. Weak, yes. Though in fairness, he’s making a career as a comedian, not as a political icon.

      Anyway, I followed him after his Christian comments, but now I’m unfollowing. Not because of the apology, but because I find this guy who always shies away from controversy openly roots for Tiger Woods. Yecch. I won’t troll his beliefs as the atheists do, but I can’t bring myself to tolerate this either…

      Kidding… maybe a little. Depends on how much Tiger stuff I have to see in my feed. But it shows that controversy can’t be avoided, even if one thinks Twitter should be for jokes and golf. You can’t please all of the people all of the time, and all that.

  • Steve_J

    If he apologized for tweeting about something he believed? How much did he really believe of what he was tweeting?

    • APW

      It makes me so sad. He caved in the face of ugly, ugly pressure. This country is going to hell in a hand basket.

    • Ben Bollman

      He is still probably lost but hopefully if he keeps reading he will find his way. Maybe this little conflict with liberal atheists will help him with that, they are an unhappy bunch and it shows.

      • Luke Givens

        Yeah and nothing condescending at all about calling a grown man “lost” because he doesn’t believe what you believe. Nope, not at all.

        • Ben Bollman

          He does believe what I believe though and said so himself, he just hasn’t fully embraced it yet. Methinks you are the one who has the problem because he doesn’t believe what YOU believe.

        • Zimriel

          I actually think “lost” applies in a case where he’s still reading and doesn’t know what to believe yet.

  • Ben Bollman

    Being bullied over religion shouldn’t happen here, that is the kind of thing people come here to get away from

    • Sons Thunder

      A thousand times no! Freedom of Speech is not subservient to Freedom of Religion. By your ‘logic,’ no one in the U.S. should criticize Islam.

      • Ben Bollman

        If you don’t know the difference between criticism and bullying you need to find a dictionary. I would just like you to remember there are good people that practice Islam that don’t deserve to be called names or ostracized. You can be critical of a religion without bullying the good people practicing it. It’s not about Freedom of Speech, it is about being good people and Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean we have free reign to bully and harass people. We have freedom of religion in this country for a reason and most of the good Muslims here came here because they were being bullied by the bad Muslims in their countries. I don’t agree with their religion, but if they are not hurting anyone they don’t deserve to be hassled about it.

        • Sons Thunder

          I used Islam as an example because I often see strongly anti-Islam comments posted here. I agree with most of what you had to say about the religion.

          Furthermore, you are right about ‘criticism’ v. ‘bullying.’ Bullying can exist even without the presence of physical intimidation or force. When I wrote my response to your post, I didn’t think those tweets constituted bullying but, as I said, you are right. Another way of saying that is “I was wrong.”

          • Ben Bollman

            Fair enough. He was being antagonized for even mentioning the Scriptures, the response he got was unjustified especially when he was talking about something he did personally. To me it seemed like bullying but even if it wasn’t I don’t believe he deserved that response.

    • Luke Givens

      Oh get over yourself, he was not physically attacked or thrown in jail. Don’t others also have the right to say what they want about religion?

      • APW

        They don’t have the right to mock a man to his (virtual) face for his religious beliefs. Any more than they have the right to call a black or hispanic a token of the conservative party or to tell a black actress to kill herself for voting against Barack Obama. Liberals are monster members of a collective mind–our own Borg on earth.

      • Ben Bollman

        Calling people names and harassing them is not the same as criticizing religion.

      • TocksNedlog

        That’s right, jerks have a right to be jerks.
        For the sake of their own happiness — and, often, the happiness of those that they unload on — they should probably mind their own biz; but, uh, you know, ‘life liberty & the pursuit of being an a-hole’ and all that.

      • Lindsey

        They do have a right to say what they want to say about religion but they DO NOT have the right to interfere with or infringe upon anyone else’s right to say what they want to say about religion. We do have freedom of religion in this country. Say what you want and I’ll say what I want…don’t bother me and I don’t bother you. Period!

      • Zimriel

        That’s a nice toasty strawman fire you got going. Can I bring marshmallows?

  • APW

    Every day, I become a little more depressed over the increasingly imperious liberals in this country. Do they think it’s right to FORCE people to bend to their will? And every day, I am surprised anew at how the right backs down… Are we whipped puppies? Is it the anonymity of social media that gives people the nerve to say such vile crap about anything that smacks of traditional American values? What the heck is happening?

    • Harlan Hikaru Fox

      Of course they think it is. Chicago Thuggery is the way of the Left and it gets results. At some point, the rest of us are going to have to find a way to counter it.

  • ChHarrison

    Why do they care? They’ll find out soon enough if they’re right.

    • Spatial Awareness

      I always tell them, if there is no God you just die. If there is God, I go to heaven and you burn in hell. Either way I win. ~_^

      • Luke Givens

        Yeah, and in this world you are probably an insufferable holier-than-thou bore. So if there is no afterlife you did not exactly win because you did not make the best use of the only life you had. By the way you are a few centuries too late with that whole Pascal’s wager thingie. Try having an original thought in your head for once.

        • Spatial Awareness

          Boo Hooo Hooo EVERYONE look at the angry atheist.
          ==>Luke Givens<== He needs ATTENTION. Poor little thing.

        • TocksNedlog

          Live for today!
          You have all day tomorrow to apologize.

        • Joseph A White

          What is the “best use” of one’s life, Needlenose?? What is wrong with living a moral, prudent, traditionally conservative and respectful existence, and having a reverence for He who created all that exists?? I believe that it is YOU and your ilk who are the “insufferable” ones, pal. But rock on anyway, and Bless yer little heart.

  • DavidKramer

    You WILL NOT STRAY from the secular humanist moralism.

    Me: please define the boundaries of that moralism.

    Atheist: morals are flexible and change with the times, and if you do not stop asking me questions, I will issue a fatwa on you!

  • sqeptiq

    Lol. His tweets of contrition were obviously tongue in cheek. Absurd that some atheists got on his back over his very mild God and Bible talk.

  • Mike

    He could tweet about any filthy thing and no uproar. Let him mention scripture, believe it or not, and the “Tolerance” Nazis go crazy.

  • Kevin

    He has every right to speak his faith just as they have every right to speak their lack of…. unless of course you’re willing to concede that twitter is not a place for jokes and golf, but rather a place to rage against those who disagree with liberals.

  • LoriGirl

    “APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT?” ~Andrew Breitbart

  • borntodie

    The only way to end bullying is to stand up to it. It’s sad that people feel they have to apologize for their beliefs these days. America has changed so much in such a short time.

  • Luke Givens

    LOL, I have a feeling both the atheists who overreacted to his tweets about scriptures and those (like this site) that jumped in screaming about atheist bullying and made this their “top story” for a day have just been seriously trolled. Well played Mr. Macdonald.

    • TocksNedlog

      Those atheists were self-trolling.
      Really, you should try it sometime.
      Oh wait . . .

  • BlueStateRepub

    I see Norm has been successfully rehabilitated having completed his re-education camp.

    • TocksNedlog

      He got Cory Bookered!

  • 24fan

    Dont apologize brother. If you really believe there’s nothing to be apologizing for. Dont love the world so much you’d be afraid to stand for our Lord. The world will hate you but all Heaven cheers you on. Please don’t recant.

  • edward cropper

    Why all this noise just because Jeanette McDonald says she reads the scriptures?

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Always liked Norm. This saddens me. Never thought it possible I’d have to see him a bullied, apologetic pu$$y.

    Somebody give Norm Adam Corolla’s phone number and let’s get this straightened out good and proper.

  • me

    It’s hard to live your life by popular opinion…or by unpopular opinion…or by whichever way the wind is blowing today. Here’s hoping your study of the scriptures eventually provides you with a backbone, Norm.

  • Don Gwinn

    I unfollowed him over the golf months ago. The religious stuff probably wouldn’t have offended me, but hourly golf opinions were too much.

  • meeester

    where do we send our lists of things not to mention?

  • lainer51

    Another chicken sh***…. just when you think someone has a pair, you are disappointed again.

  • Adela Wagner

    Faith, to me, is what you hold on to, when you should probably, have none at all.

  • blogagog

    Wait, what? McDonald put his penis up someone’s rear end while her husband was mowing his lawn? Surely I heard this wrong.

  • RichardBlaine

    Would’ve thought that Norm McDonald could manage hecklers.

  • daeghrefn

    “I am not apologizing for what I said. I am aopologizing for what people think I said”

    Oh, please. People sometimes sound like such battered wives when confronted with that lib environment we breathe in every day.

  • $18912735

    Yep, That’s Norm McDonald alright – as flaky as they come.