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Outrageous!

How dare cartoonists make fun of atheists? We are not to be mocked!

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You know what this demands, right? Rioting in the streets! That’s right — all you True Atheists will get off your butts right now and go set an embassy or a cartoonist, whichever is handiest, on fire.

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Or not.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey, OM
    June 2, 2007

    In reply to cartoon #2, it was really a picture of Odysseus with a bomb atop his head.

  2. #2 J
    June 2, 2007

    No atheist is going to riot over this.
    It is not the case that atheists “believe in nothing”. Most of us are educated in science and have opinions on ethics. Plenty of things besides fairy tales are worth distributing on pamphlets.
    Recommended Reading: Bertrand Russell, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, John Stuart Mill, Richard Dawkins.

  3. #3 Joe Buckstrap
    June 3, 2007

    Of course, atheism IS a religion expressed in the negative. Even Einstein, who was famously agnostic, observed this. Atheists are necessarily negative because they are essentially undergoing a process of detoxification: cleansing themselves of doctrinal pathologies they’ve been indoctrinated with from their early childhood.

    Even Richard Dawkins readily acknowledges that their can be no positive affirmation of atheism: it’s tautological.

    Man is a creature trapped in a corporeal body in time and space. We make decisions and there are results. It is a process taking place over time and space. There are some observable truths: birth, growth, decay and death. To make the most of our lives it seems reasonable to be as ethical as possible in order to make this a better world for ourselves and others.

    In this sense, atheists, nontheists, agnostics, Deists and Unitarians are quite faithful – if one takes faith to be a form of expectation that is inseperable from one’s actions (and not as some supernatural longing). Curiously, this is exactly the philosophy of the parables and the ancient Hebrews, prior to its subversion by Paul, the Herodian Roman agent provocateur and inventor of Christianity.

    I’ve never met an atheist who couldn’t agree with the Golden Rule. Let’s face it, there are plenty of Christians who neither agree or practice that simple philosophy. To be fair, what religion practices the Golden Rule?

    Hitchens is quite correct: religion poisons everything.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    June 4, 2007

    LayGuy, have you ever noticed the similarity between the bacterial flagellum and the type III secretion system?

    If so, look up the term “exaptation”, and then come back here.

    I study molecular biology, and nothing in it “makes sense except in the light of evolution”.

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?
    June 4, 2007

    LayGuy, have you ever noticed the similarity between the bacterial flagellum and the type III secretion system?

    If so, look up the term “exaptation”, and then come back here.

    I study molecular biology, and nothing in it “makes sense except in the light of evolution”.

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?
    June 4, 2007

    I should mention my other favorite example: tubulin (eukaryotes) and FtsZ (bacteria and archaea).

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?
    June 4, 2007

    I should mention my other favorite example: tubulin (eukaryotes) and FtsZ (bacteria and archaea).

  8. #8 mesrop
    February 17, 2008

    If there is no god then I choose to believe in my fellow human beings. If there is a god then he is absent and irresponsible, there for I would much rather believe in my fellow human beings.

  9. #9 A.J.
    July 14, 2008

    Atheists are jacked up mofos who have no idea wat they is talking about. WHen the world ends, i’ll yell down to u ppl in hell, saying ” Told u so fool! ” enjoy the unbearable flame of hell suckas.

  10. #10 bill
    August 24, 2008

    Wait a sec.. Atheists are very altruistic people. All their religious organizations are non-prophet. *** good evening friends…. ***

  11. #11 nak
    August 24, 2008

    AJ..maybe you should learn to spell before you try to teach religion

  12. #12 Ben
    August 25, 2008

    I originally saw the cartoon with the Atheist door-to-door No-News-Sharers in the newspaper and taped it to my wall. Hilarious!

    I think the biggest misperception about atheists is that we claim to have “proof of the nonexistence of god(s)” when in fact we don’t believe it because there is not a shred of evidence that it is true. The very worst reason to believe any claim is that it is undisprovable. No scientist can prove that there is not a mile-high purple teddybear orbiting a planet called Carebearworld one hundred trillion lightyears from Earth, even though it is nonsense I just made up. There is not one scintilla more evidence supporting the existence of an omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent being called god than there is supporting the existence of the giant deep-space teddybear. Both are undisprovable; I’ll believe one or both of these claims when mountains of evidence result in the establishment of either as fact, and not before.

    As to “holy books”, I have one thought. Objectively speaking, it makes no more sense to read a Stephen King or Ray Bradbury novel and believe that it is a factual account of actual events in the real world than it does to read the Bible and believe those things. It should be painfully obvious, but merely writing something down, whether last week or thousands of years ago, does not automatically make it true.

  13. #13 GodKillerAtheist
    October 29, 2008

    Obviously the person that made these cartoons were Christians think of Atheism as a religion.

    I might do the first thing to some homes of mormons but on the paper it will say
    “god is the word dog spelled backwards”
    I might just get that as a bumper sticker. It sounds good WOOT!

  14. #14 Mr. Goodcat
    January 3, 2010

    To me, atheism is a belief that you are your own god. Simply an act of rebellion.

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