I know none of you heard this because you were sleeping or at church or whatever, but for breakfast, I went down to the south (way south) side of town and appeared on Mike Haubrich’s show on Atheist Talk Radio, where I was interviewed by artist and science aficionado Lynn Fellman. Lynn did an excellent job with the interview, which was about my research in human evolution and stuff.

After the radio show, I picked up Julia and we headed over to Columbia Park for the Minnesota Atheists and Huminists Free-thought picnic. That was pretty much what you’d expect …. we sacrificed two goats and some small children we picked up at a local church daycare. Wait, only kidding. These are the MINNESOTA atheists, so they are really very nice, almost too nice .. wouldn’t’ even disturb, say, the likes of Matt Nisbet.

i-87224552509dab7b96edb3d4ff2c4591-picnic_01.jpgWe sat at the Pseudonymous Bloggers table, and I snapped a few pictures with my cell phone camera. I won’t say who these bloggers are, but you can meet them yourself by visiting any one of several web sites.

Here, here, or here.

Actually, it was kind of strange. I had the distinct impression of a deep undercurrent of suspicion between the atheists and the humanists….

i-c8887324e6c0a30d950f85eae663f31c-picnic_02.jpgOK, again, only kidding. The picnic was a laid-back affair with interesting conversation about a wide range of topics. The weather was great, there was an interesting band, and the food was good. Money and/or food was also gathered for the local food shelter.

But then, as we were sitting there at the Pseudonymous Bloggers table, someone noticed something strange. Among the many marks and nicks and scuffs on the old table’s surface, suddenly visible (once you knew what to look for) was an unmistakable image. Something I had once seen before … on a banana. There, staring at us from the table’s surface was none other than…


JEBUS!!! Welcome to the picnic!


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 17, 2008

    I saw God. He told me to order the tuna melt.

    Lots of fun today at the picnic, and the atheist/human thing is about to explode in a ballet street fight.

  2. #2 JanieBelle
    August 17, 2008


    Where are the naked pictures?

  3. #3 greg laden
    August 17, 2008

    The naked pictures will be in my next post.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    August 17, 2008

    But Mike, will they sing?

  5. #5 JanieBelle
    August 17, 2008

    Thank you Greg. You can hardly have an evilatheisthumanistmuslimcommieanarchistconspiratorial picnic without wanton naked debauchery. It’s in the rule book.

  6. #6 JanieBelle
    August 17, 2008

    Oh, damn. I almost forgot the gay sex. There has to be gay sex, of course. You can’t ruin American family values without gay sex.

  7. #7 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 17, 2008

    We may just snap our fingers a lot.

  8. #8 Stephanie Z
    August 17, 2008

    Janie, that sounds like a challenge.

  9. #9 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 17, 2008

    Um, while I am all for ruining American Family Values, I am only in favor of gay sex by other people. Call me a hypocrite, but I saw Jesus in a picnic table today so I have a right to my hypocrisy.

  10. #10 llewelly
    August 17, 2008

    That’s not Jesus. That’s an anteater.
    Oh, btw, among the pilots of the Atheist Conspiracy Black Helicopters, there is discussion to the effect that you should be censured for photoing certain people. It’s not enough that you used gimp to put sloppy black lines across their eyes.

  11. #11 HennepinCountyLawyer
    August 18, 2008

    “censured”? Surely the Atheist Conspiracy Storm Troo–I mean, the Atheist Conspiracy Security Professionals wouldn’t bother with anything so wimpy.

  12. #12 James Hanley
    August 18, 2008

    You collected money for the local food shelter? But, but…but you atheists have no morality! It’s a trick, and I’m not buying it!

  13. #13 Ben Zvan
    August 18, 2008

    It’s not enough that you used gimp to put sloppy black lines across their eyes.

    Would there be sloppy bars over their eyes if they were at a Christian picnic? What gives?

  14. #14 Monado
    August 20, 2008

    That’s not Jeebus. It’s either a small perching bird or a moose nose. Your choice.