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First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians
March 3rd, 2013
05:00 AM ET

First on CNN: Atheists ratchet up rhetoric, use billboards to attack Republican politicians

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – An atheist organization known for being provocative plans to take that reputation to the next level this week by putting up seven billboards that call out prominent politicians and religious leaders.

American Atheists plans to target three Republican politicians: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speak Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The seven signs will go up around Dallas and Austin, Texas.

In one billboard, a picture of Palin is featured on the left, with a quote attributed to her. "We should create law based on the God of the Bible," the quote reads. Underneath the graphic is a tag line "GO GODLESS INSTEAD."

The billboard, however, misquotes Palin. In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O'Reilly, Palin addressed the growth in American secularism by saying America's founding fathers "would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments," not "should."

Each of the billboards has a similar format and includes a pitch for the group’s 50th anniversary convention in Austin.

Santorum is condemned for when he told an Iowa crowd last November that, "our civil laws have to comport with a higher law: God's law," while Gingrich is criticized for a remark he made at a CNN debate on October 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. "How can I trust you with power if you don't pray," Gingrich posited.

Virginia Davis, spokeswoman for Santorum, thanked American Atheists for the publicity.

"At a time when many are trying to remove God from the public square, the senator is appreciative of someone helping him very publicly express his strong belief that we are one nation under God," Davis wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

American Atheists President David Silverman, however, sees the billboards as a way to shame the targets.

"We at American Atheists are shaming these leaders for their bigoted and backwards remarks and attitudes, and conveying a message to today's atheists that we need not take it anymore," Silverman wrote in an e-mail to CNN.

Two religious leaders, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor at the First Baptist Dallas, and Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, also are featured on billboards.

Jeffress' billboard includes a quote the pastor said during a 2008 sermon titled, "Gay Is Not OK." "What they [homosexuals] do is filthy," reads the billboard. Under the quote is the phrase "Go Godless Instead" and a rainbow flag, a symbol of gay rights.

This will be the only ad placed in Dallas, featured in a busy stretch of Interstate 30 and only a few miles from Jeffress' large church.

The First Baptist Church of Dallas is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jeffress, who has been in its pulpit since 2007, is no stranger to controversy, including comments about Judiasm and Catholicism. After introducing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington in October 2011, Jeffress told reporters he believed Mormonism was a cult, expressing a personal position and one held by his denomination. The move was seen as a particular slight to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a lifelong Mormon.

The billboard featuring Benedict XVI, who stepped down Thursday, cites a New York Times article entitled, "Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys." "The Church Protected Priests Who Abused Children," reads the billboard.

Silverman says the group plans to spend $25,000 on the billboards, which will go up on Monday and remain up for the rest of March.

"Everyone should be allowed to profess their faith, of course, but that does not shield them from criticism," Silverman wrote. "Everyone has the responsibility to lead moral lives, and 'It's my religion' is not an excuse for bigotry or immorality."

Silverman continued: "Some Americans seem to think that bigotry in the name of religion is somehow permissible. It is not. We hope that the believers of Austin place anti-atheist bigotry in the same category as anti-Semitism or racism - a relic of the past that needs to be jettisoned for all the right reasons."

Six of the billboards will be dispersed around the Austin area, with four placed on high traffic freeways.

This is not the first time American Atheists has used billboards to get its message out.

Last March, the group targeted Muslims and Jews with billboards that called God a "myth" in both Arabic and Hebrew.

In November 2010, the same group posted a billboard around the holiday season that read, "You KNOW it's a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON."

Silverman, who has been criticized for this in-your-face atheism, has long defended the tactic, saying that the confrontation is meant to "grow the cause and benefit the country."

"That's why companies buy billboards - to get attention," Silverman wrote.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Catholic Church • Newt Gingrich • Politics • Pope • Rick Santorum • Sarah Palin

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  1. Patrish

    My pet peeve is religion. I find it odd that people pray and give credence to something they can't prove exists. You could pray to the king of dragons and get the same results. Religious people blame everything on on God's will. So it's is fault the poor guy to get swallowed up by a sink hole???? In my opinion religion has not done a lot for this planet.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      They're doing nothing more than whistling past the graveyard. They are afraid of their own mortality and need something to calm their fears of their future non-existence. Personally I could care less what they believe as long as it doesn't affect the government or my personal life.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Susan

    I think it's a shame when you don't have respect for what people believe in and that's their Lord and Savior! If you want to be an atheist that's your choice but don't bring other people down because they do that's called Judgeing!

    March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • Todd in DC

      Then keep your stupid religion away from secular laws

      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Lilith

      That's called judging, believers should know that in their sleep!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • BajaDelMar

      Right because xians would NEVER NEVER NEVER in a million years judge others. What a double standard crock xians spew 24×7 that you can't ever see how foolish you act.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Susan unfortunately talking to an Atheists is like urinating against the wind. They are just brain dead.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • skytag

      You seem defensive. It's not my fault you believe a lot of stuff knowing there is no proof of any of it. I "choose" to believe there is no God just as you choose to believe Santa Claus isn't real or that you choose to believe the Norse gods aren't real.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      If you're going to tell people you believe in unicorns and bigfoot and that I should believe in unicorns and bigfoot too, I'm going to tell you that you're stupid.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Would you respect a satanist who performs one of his rituals in a public place?
      Would you respect the tribe in the South Pacific who worshipped a WWII jeep after it was mistakingly dropped there?
      Do you respect those who flay their backs and peirce ther rbodies because their religion tells them too?
      Do you respect those who still worship the greek gods, the roman gods, the norse gods...they are still around?
      Do you respect the aztecs for sacrificing children to their gods?

      I know you don't.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I don't respect anyone who threatens children with hell - I don't care if that person is Muslim or Christian. Any deity that would play a part in such threats is clearly not worthy of worship– whether it's the 3-in-1 Christian brand or Allah of Islam.

      If theists kept their beliefs as private as they want those with conflicting faiths to keep theirs, then all such problems would be solved. You know– "do unto others" (it doesn't just mean others who believe as you do.) I don't want you hear about your magical beliefs any more than I want to know about your fetishes. TMI. Keep it to yourself. Trust that the "truth will out".

      Real gods ought to be perfectly capable of tweaking things so that people believe whatever they want them to believe if belief is so important to them (and they have no-one to blame but themselves if they are disappointed.) Think about it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • ChuckV

      Of course it's atheists you are judging. It could never be a Christian saying "How can I trust you with power if you don't pray?"

      March 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      I think it's a shame that you encourage people to imagine the voices in their head are coming from on high.

      I think it's a shame that you push faith– many children have died because their parents thought that seeking medical help showed a weakness in their faith.

      I think it's manipulative to endorse this idea that faith is a virtue and should be respected. Faith is magical thinking– magical thinking does not deserve respect. It is not a method of knowledge. There is no valid method for telling a true supernatural belief from a false one. If there was, than real scientists would be refining and honing that method and religionists would not need to manipulate others into belief with promises of salvation, threats of hell, and tsk-tsking of those who don't show respect for the insanity.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  3. devin

    Atheists: and they say we haven't found the missing link.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      the missing link?
      Best update your references.
      We do know about trolls named devin though.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      The only ones who think "we haven't found the missing link" are creotards. I should think that people like you would be proud to read their quotes on signs.

      Theism: making people proud of their ignorance for eons! (Hey, I think I caught sight of the emperor's new clothes!)

      March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  4. It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

    You forgot to place the word RADICAL before atheists.

    There are wacko extremist angry hateful intolorant arrogant psuedo-intellectual superiority-complex atheists and there are normal, calm, reasonable, tolorant, humble, modest, down to earth, intelligent atheists.

    Don't let these radical atheists and its lefty liberal media convince you otherwise.

    There are MANY an atheist that does NOT agree with hom_ ose_xuali ty and considers it a human cultural/behavioral deviance, completely unnatural based on biological and evolutionary evidence.

    So please, don't you radical extremist atheists for one second declare yourselves representative of the rest of us.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • ME II

      "There are MANY an atheist that does NOT agree with hom_ ose_xuali ty and considers it a human cultural/behavioral deviance, completely unnatural based on biological and evolutionary evidence."

      Really? Who?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Just ask. What, am I suppose to list every name? St upid question.

      But the truth and actual real world atheist conclusion that does NOT support LGBT radical social changing agenda uneases you more radical atheists. It threatens your .. thing.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • ME II

      You claimed "MANY", so name some.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      You're still with the naming. You're just threatened and picking out "many", but its true, go ask atheists, go. You'll find that MANY (mfer) don't share any of what YOU THINK you share.

      And one huge one is support for unnatural deviant human behavior based on science and evolution.

      Don't distract from that fact with your "many" "name-them" game.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      There is no such thing as radical atheism. There is simply atheist, meaning lack in a belief in a god. This cannot be done radically only rationally. You either believe in a deity or you don't. There's nothing radical about that. The only people atheism seems radical to are the religious who take any talk of denial of their blessed imaginary superbeing as an affont to every piece of their being. That's why I suspect this post was actually written by a theist, because any clear thinking atheist would agree that atheism is more of an on/off switch. You either are or aren't an atheist. There is no radicalism there unless you mean to suggest that talking about atheism and voicing dispute with theists somehow makes someone "radical".

      March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      CommonSenseSam – there IS radical extremist Atheism just as there are in religions. I know. I'm an atheist. Just like there are radical pink triangle extremists that hate het ero xuals and are working under the guise of modernizing and creating social change.

      That fact threatens a certain sector of my fellow atheists, to the point that THEY start to come up with delusional conspiracy based explanations as to who wrote this post/article – an theist.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • NinjaGirl

      Oh GROW UP already. What are you trying to do? Convince these religious ZEALOTS that you're "one of the good ones" so that maybe they'll reserve their hatred for someone else? News flash: White Christian conservatives(be honest, those are generally the people everyone is referring to when they say "Christian" in these kinds of discussions) do not make distinctions about anyone who isn't in their wacky little country club...EVER. You are either one of them, or you're an evil commie who hates America, apple-pie, and white people.

      I know, "But NG! You're generalizing about them!" Actually, I'm not. Think on the last election: The hard right Christian t-bags made a POINT of trying to purge the GOP of moderates, RINOS, and anybody who didn't talk as extreme as they do. But in the end what did they do? They embraced MITT ROMNEY, the same guy THEY said was nothing but a wishy-washy salesman who'll slit the throat of anyone in his way and say anything to get elected(and proved as much during the primary). The SECOND push came to shove, the "purist" pro-life Christian right told America to vote for the same guy who initially SUPPORTED the right to choose, gun control, and even wrote the blueprint for HEALTH REFORM.

      The Christian right is the same way when it comes to religious issues: They will SAY ANYTHING to avoid admitting they're just USING religion as a way of pretending that everything they say or believe is backed up by some magical, all-powerful, all-knowing master of the universe. Yeah, talk about "big government".

      March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  5. NinjaGirl

    If there WERE a hell, it'd be so full of Christian hypocrites that there'd be no room left for the rest of us.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  6. Frank Bonora

    I'm n atheist and have my own ten. Commandments. I can say it in one sentence. single sentence: "Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being."

    March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      If ONLY my fellow more radical atheists would follow such rules. But instead, they conjure up hate, intolerance they so gladly point out and make incredible efforts to expose. If only they would expose their own HYPOCRISY.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  7. bo stinks

    If they are a non profit – take away their status.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
  8. George Marshall

    Throughout human history the charge that someone is not religious or practices the wrong religion is the well trodden path to rejection, torture and murder. Religion is solely a personal and private matter, the province of the individual, the family, the home, the church, the religious denomination school, the private school if elected and not publicly funded. Whether it's Palin, Huckabee, Gingrich,Perry, or Santorum there are always those who are determined to impose religion on others. Because of them and others like them the threat of turning America into a theocracy is long standing and ever present.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  9. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    There is no man more free than the Atheist. Choosing to be a moral, ethical and loving being without the fear of eternal punishment. Atheism is true freedom.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses... And their Devils would be men

      Just look at all the supposed Christian posts. It is plain to see their lack of education.

      Religion is for the stupid, by the stupid.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Can you believe this? Honestly?

      "Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."

      Quite a few of us have stable relationships, raise healthy well-educated children, are free from addiction, vote, volunteer and donate to support causes that help make this society work, live in harmony with people who are different from us – I could go on, but you may get the idea that most of us do things most people would call good and have neither the inclination nor the time to do abominable things.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      The question is, WHY do you choose to do the "right" thing? Do you do it out of fear or obedience, or do you do it freely without fear that your eternal soul is on the line. I believe that's the point he's making.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  10. Luke

    I make no statement, but I leave you with this. " The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."Psalm 53:1 Some can not face TRUTH>

    March 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Exactly.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • inspiration for you

      You like medieval English? Read some Shakespeare then!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Lilith

      Self reinforcing rhetoric.

      " The fool hath said in his heart, there is only one God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."

      See how easy that is.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      A true fool reads the ridiculous stories in the bible and says...yep, its all true.
      Men wrote your bible. Men who believed in magic, and superst!tions, who were handed the stories down generation after generation ( and we know with each passing of the story that they become MORE accurate, right?). Men who created the bible for their own purposes wrote every word in the thing., and the funnist thing is...there are still people who think it is real.
      How many words were written by a god?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Answer

      You'll win with John 3:16.. oh you have another babble quote in mind?

      LOL

      March 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Can you believe this? Honestly?

      "Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."

      Quite a few of us have stable relationships, raise healthy well-educated children, are free from addiction, vote, volunteer and donate to support causes that help make this society work, live in harmony with people who are different from us – I could go on, but you may get the idea that most of us do things most people would call good and have neither the inclination nor the time to do abominable things.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • skytag

      You would be one of those who can't face the truth.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  11. It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

    IF we, the normal, naturally developed, un-deviated sector of humanity, decided to for example, give up JOINT TAX RETURN FILINGS as part of our marriages, you would see the pink triangle radicals drop the issue of same-deviant-marriages like a sack of rocks.

    Trust me, you would. Its all about wealth retainment at the expense of children, society, nature.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Lilith

      Which is why those tax laws were made in the first place. Like you said, " Its all about wealth retainment at the expense of children, society, nature."

      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • skytag

      You believing something doesn't make it true. If you believe gays would stop asking for the right to marry in the absence of tax laws you are truly naive.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
  12. unbound

    "Go Godless Instead" is ratcheting up rhetoric?

    No wonder you are losing viewership.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • inspiration for you

      Women below 35 should go godless and braless!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  13. SisterChromatid

    You, like those quoted in the billboard, are giving the impression that religion is for the gullible, uneducated, daft, and/or children. Have you learned the truth about Santa yet?

    Perhaps if religionists were as private with their magical beliefs as they are with their fetishes, they wouldn't have to hear what other people thought of them. Religionists– try being as private with your beliefs as you want Scientologists,Muslims, and schizophrenics to be with theirs. Many of us think you are just as wrong and irrational as you think they are.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
  14. Important Person

    Hello, I'm an atheist. I sleep on my mothers sofa and refuse to ever comb my hair. I'm God damn sick and tired of putting my name on food only to find my mom or stepfather eating it. Anyways, back to this whole God thing. Yeah, I'm like totally outraged over this guy. I'm outraged because my life is empty and it gives me something to do. I can't be expected to keep watching Greys Anatomy re runs. I've seen the first 6 seasons like 8 times.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      Spoken like a true Christian!

      What other lies do you tell yourself so you can imagine your magical beliefs are good? Do you tell yourself that a 3-in-1 god temporarily died for you so that you can live happily ever after after death so long as you believe this story? Do fortify this myth with stories about how this "loving" god will torture you forever if you don't believe in him? Congratulations you have the same meme infection as Muslims– only their god is ACTUALLY monotheistic– and not the 3-in-1 brand.

      Smart people understand that, if there are any real gods, they are perfectly capable of tweaking things so that their beloved creations believe whatever they want them to believe– if believe (for some petty reason) was what was important to them.

      psst– if your beliefs were really true, you wouldn't need to make up lies about those who don't share them in order to try and convince yourself that they are worthwhile.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • DrPhill

      Another pear' IP. Heck, I'm gonna stay on here just to steal all of your stuff...hehe.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
  15. inspiration for you

    Atheists generally don't support gays. No one in their right mind does.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      You're very correct. HUGE misconception and what basically amounts to propaganda is that all atheists are instantly supporters of the pink radical agenda. Not one bit.

      Many, MANY an atheist does NOT agree with hom_ ose_xuali ty and considers it a human cultural/behavioral deviance, completely unnatural based on biological and evolutionary evidence.

      So please, don't you radical extremist atheists for one second declare yourselves representative of the rest of us.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • 12ax7

      This is just another lie by Atheists, it is well known that Atheists strongly support LBGT.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      ^No we don't. PROPAGANDA. We, the more sensible, reasonable and un-radical atheist sector is very conservative and does NOT support LGBT agenda or their lifestyle choice and deviance on evolutionary and natural law, basis.

      Don't be fooled by these so called atheists that say otherwise.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Oh yes you are.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • CommonSenseSam

      Speaking as the sole atheist responder, it is logical to support gay rights. They shouldn't be treated as 2nd class citizens. There is simply nothing inherently wrong with being gay. It's only because some of silly interpretations of that crusty old book of sayings called the bible that people seem to have a hangup about it. If the believers only appreciated Darwin they would be at least consoled by the fact that gay behavior is genetically self-selecting out of the gene pool. Personally, I don't care one way or the other.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  16. the AnViL

    FACT: no gods exist... none.
    FACT: all gods are imaginary

    those who believe in an imaginary man in the sky are delusional.
    delusional thinking is a form of mental illness.

    those who suffer from delusional thinking should be prohibited from voting, serving on a jury, running for or holding public office, purchasing or owning firearms or teaching public school.
    .
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    tolerance of religious idiocy has to end – and it is.
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    ..
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    ....
    cha cha cha

    March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • inspiration for you

      Religion = mental pathology. Persons with that pathology belong in the rubber room, not public office.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
    • Susan

      Sounds like you fit into that catagory!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      You're just repeating what you saw in YouTube atheist videos.

      So what if people believe in what they do. Its none of your business. I'm an atheist and I'm sick and tired of geeks like you who are so intolerant, and keep repeating that tired, boring thing about facts and this and that. Yawn.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • steve

      Fact: We do not yet know and cannot control the variables necessary to test the hypothesis of "There is no god(s)".
      Fact: Atheists have faith that there is no god.
      Fact: Christians have faith that there is a god.
      Fact: Fundamentalist Atheism is a religion that associates itself with science in a fallacious manner to glean scientific credibility so that it may rationalize self righteous actions.
      Fact: Fundamentalism is always incorrect and polarizing.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST! ignorantly shat: "So what if people believe in what they do. Its none of your business."

      so long as delusional xian subhumans seek to install their mythologies into our public school science classes – it is my business.

      so long as retarded, brain washed xian zealots seek to restrict the constitutionally guaranteed equality that all americans are entitled to – it's my business.

      you also spouted: "I'm an atheist and I'm sick and tired of geeks like you who are so intolerant, and keep repeating that tired, boring thing about facts and this and that. Yawn.

      that's how you teach idiots – by repetition.

      as for intolerance....

      why should anyone tolerate the ignorance, racism, intolerance, misogyny, bigotry, division, and hate that all monotheistic religions are predicate upon?

      how is tolerance of religious idiocy a good thing??

      here's some advice for your ignorant, stupid ass: stop smoking pot – you're retarded enough as it is.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Lilith

      Steve, Atheism is not a religion, does not require faith and has nothing to do with science. Belief in religion and Atheism are NOT on equal footing and is not a either or proposition. There are infinite supernatural things you can believe in without any proof or you can believe non of them.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      ^Steve, thats true of the more radical, geek, emo and psuedo intellectual sector of atheists.

      Many an atheist that shares conservative views with other people.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      steve in his finite, ignorant, and retarded ideal of wisdom spittled:

      Fact: We do not yet know and cannot control the variables necessary to test the hypothesis of "There is no god(s)".

      there is no evidence of gods – nothing in the standard model that points to gods. if you have an idea for a testable hypothesis – get to it. there is no theory of religion... and no one in thousands and thousands of years has formulated anything intelligent or cogent to further your idiot agenda. your statement is yet another futile exercise in the arena of argumentum ad ignorantiam.

      your assertion is ridiculous and rejected.

      Fact: Atheists have faith that there is no god.

      faith is a belief in something for which there is no evidence – and even evidence to the contrary. atheists do not have faith there are no gods – atheism is merely a lack of belief in gods. this assertion is ignorant – and rejected.

      Fact: Christians have faith that there is a god.

      hey! wow! you got one right. see above for the definition of faith.

      Fact: Fundamentalist Atheism is a religion that associates itself with science in a fallacious manner to glean scientific credibility so that it may rationalize self righteous actions.

      once again – atheism is merely a lack of belief in gods. check out the definition so you look slightly less ignorant and retarded on a national public forum.

      Fact: Fundamentalism is always incorrect and polarizing.

      more idiocy.

      you should literally be ashamed to be so ignorant... but you're not intelligent enough to know better.

      tolerance of religious idiocy has to end – and it is. deal with it.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Darth AnViL – spoken like a true geek wacko atheists.

      You know cosplayer, its fools like you that make the more calmer, reasonable, tolerant, intelligent atheists look BAD.

      What should be your and is my business is when a radical pink triangle rainbow collation tries to teach children in our public schools that deviant behavior is normal. And they've done this through liberal politicians. THATS when it becomes my business. We can't have that. You can do what you like, kink it up, take it and give it in the ___ I don't care, you're deviated and ruined. Just don't go ruining children in order to support your radical social changing agenda.

      And its radical atheists like YOU that support things, all the while if you're naturally normally developed, looking away at g a yy po rnn when you stumble upon it. Which shows you're a hypocrite and you really don't like g ay behavior.

      Oh and speaking of hypocrisy and or intolerance... let me clue you into the LGBT culture and belief system – they have as MUCH racism, intolerance and misogyny and misandry, bigotry, social and elitist classist division and hate of heto ro se xuals you cant even BEGIN to imagine.

      So before you, my fellow atheist, begin to point fingers at others, look at whom you support because they are WORSE.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST! – you appear to be fixated on homosexuality.

      i wonder why that's such a hot point for you. hmmmm.

      ya know, son... it's ok to be gay. people won't think any less of you.

      they'll still realize you're retarded and need to stop smoking that shit that's obviously got you so stoned you can't understand the principle of equality.

      also – you keep proclaiming you're an atheist and a fellow atheist...

      i'm anti-theist.. my atheism is just coincidental, you dumb-ass.

      we're not fellow anything.

      people like you who can't mind their own business and seek to deny any group of americans their constitutionally guaranteed equality THE SAME EQUALITY EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO – then get all pissy about fags while displaying – what i've got to say appears some really unhealthy denial and latency issues... is definitely the enemy of reason.

      hey! wow!! look at you – you're an atheist – AND the enemy of reason.

      we don't see that every day! congratulations!

      what's funny (besides the fact that you're a very uneducated, disturbed, closeted, repressed twink) – is how quickly you get all bent out of shape when someone suggests relieving you of certain liberties that you'd deny others. fuckcing hypocrite! lol

      what a phuquing idiot you've shown yourself to be – and again – ONCE AGAIN.....

      on a national public forum.

      too funny.

      March 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • steve

      Hey DarthAnal! Thanks for your unbiased and thought out responses. I appreciate your enthusiasm. The fact that you referred to me as finite, ignorant, retard is quite appropriate as my cognitive faculties are quite limited. For this reason I have realized this: a chimpanzee does not understand math(regardless of how many hours I spent trying to teach them this) because of it's anatomy, yet I do understand math because of my anatomy(and education of course), I as a mere mortal (unlike yourself) know that my faculties must be somehow limited and that there are concepts that no matter how much I try to use my retarded brain I will never understand them because I don't have the god lobe in the ole brain like you do, none the less I keep on thinkin' in a finite fashion hoping that my future children might have a little more range than I since they too will be a 'tarded snapshot in a timeline of cognitive evolution. I know it is my failing but I try to keep curiosity and a right understanding of the powers and limitations of science and physiology in mind when making opinions. Being a god I see that you have no need to understand the limits of what we actually know and can validate. My apologies

      March 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Darth GEEK.

      I zoomed in on the pink triangle stuff because thats what you section of overzealous irresponsible atheists support.

      Its easy and rather boring, overused really, to suggest I have a fixation.

      But I touched on some nerves for you to start ad hominem attacks like that. What do you expect when one speaks the truth of how it really is. They attack. I've threatened their stance.

      Go do a search on what you support and sit there and tell me you can look at that all you want. And i SPEAK the truth, that group has more bigotry issues you care to discuss or acknowledge.

      Now go play some video games or look up more YouTube atheist vids. Mom!

      March 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • Darth AnViL

      It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST! – there there, princess...

      it's ok – don't get all defensive.

      i addressed your argument – don't mistake invective for ad hominem, twinky.

      you're refuting nature – and that is beyond reason.
      you don't understand the bill of rights or equality – and that's reprehensible.

      yes – you're fixated on homosexuality – obviously. of course i speculate – but most of my speculation is spot-on.

      now, unless you can produce some really cogent secular reasons to support your anti-homosexual stance, you are NO better than the folks over at westboro baptist.

      and before you even try – believe it, kid.... lots have come before you – and all of them have failed.

      good luck, champ! you've got a lot of growing up and learning to do.

      evolve – you're retarding humanity.

      dismissed.

      March 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  17. Todd

    Why would Atheist get mad if God/creator does not exist? Atheist believe in nothing but they still exist,
    Most Atheist believe in Global Warming, Our EPA regulations, laws are higher than any other country, just implement’s the laws on the books and we will be fine.
    Most Atheist believe in save the planet, no factional science to back there claims, Tax Evil Americans and give to our enemies
    Save the animals, go to jail for animal cruelty, but we release thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal back grounds, no insurance, no drivers license, that has killed many Americans
    Pro-abortion, get tax payer's to fund it domestically and international, but I had nothing to do with their action
    Anti-morals, when given a definition on morals, then they will say who has right to define morals
    Anti-marriage between and man and woman, this life style will end its own race, but I guess we do not care, were evil, fascist, racist
    Pro-pot smoking, even though science has deemed it harmful and dangerous, just except the science without spinning the truth, the human body is organic bio-chemistry, not herb chemistry!
    Pro-illegal drugs, even though science has deemed it harmful and dangerous, just accept the science without spinning the truth, the human body is organic bio-chemistry, not herb chemistry!
    Anti-second amendment, the right to bear arms to protect your family, etc. guns are bad, it’s called Moral Decay that caused mentally ill people to kill innocent law abiding American people
    Anti-freedom of speech, what you believe and say is what you become, I am ok with that!
    Anti-Freedom of religion, Atheist is a religion; it's called freedom of choice, just stay away from my family and children and I will do the same, unless it is life or death to protect the innocent child

    March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
    • Answer

      Why would you get mad when atheists point out that your god doesn't exist? Provide the evidence and surely you will have everyone become religious. But nope religious freaks have nothing.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Good post, and I'm an atheist.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
    • 12ax7

      Why do Atheists doesn't believe in God or Satan and yet almost all of them think they are Vampire Hunters. They lurks the street at night in search of Vampires. What a bunch of nut case.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  18. boyamidumb

    I despise religious extremists whether they have a god or not. They are all a danger to every person that loves freedom and justice.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • inspiration for you

      Athism is not a religion. Are you that stupid?

      March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • boyamidumb

      As much a "religion" as any other.

      You miss the point as usual.

      Pathetic.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • inspiration for you

      Religion: A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.

      Check your definition, m o r o n!

      March 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      As an atheist myself, I despise wacko extremist angry hateful intolorant arrogant psuedo-intellectual superiority-complex atheists.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
  19. Gudshel

    epic2(dot)com

    March 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  20. DrPhill

    So many brainwashed Atheists, so little time. Educating these airheads is like trying to teach Liberals how to cut spending.

    March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Answer

      Look at the dipwad go.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • boyamidumb

      And you are what? A extreme "labelist". A tool of all who cannot think.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I escaped the brainwashing because I am an atheist. The brainwashing didn't take and my parents were told not to bring me back to sunday school...Why?

      Because apparently the questions of a six year old threatened to bring down their religion, at least that is what I made of it.

      If your religion cannot withstand the questions of a six year old who doesn't accept, because as the answer, then you religion is likly false, as all religions are.

      An education in religion is nothing more than an education in myths.
      Brainwashing is how they indoctrinate the children. After having witnessed many christain and catholic cerimonies, I can tell you from my perspective, your religions are sick and immoral.
      Your whole basis of your religion is that you would allow someone else to take your just punishmnet...and you think your religion is a moral basis.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      Oh, I'll bet your precious "Guardian Angel" told you to write that rubbish...

      March 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Richard, my fellow non-believer, you ended up brainwashed by radical atheists, either way, you've been scrubbed in the pink mass brother.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • 12ax7

      No wonder those Atheists became to be Gothic lovers and Vampire hunters.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Answer

      The poor retarded christian trying every generalization they can.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • SisterChromatid

      ... said the dude who believes in a 3-in-1 deity who became his own son to save those who believe this story from the hell he created.

      Who's brainwashed, again? I don't think you know the meaning of that word. (Hint: when people tell you that you will be tortured forever if you don't believe a certain magic story– that's the essence of brainwashing... ask former Muslims, Christians, Mormons, and other cult members if you want to find out more.)

      March 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      Filth
      I was not brainwashed by atheists. I was raised in a presbyterian household . I have been on my search since I was a child, have studied many religions and the one thing I could take away from all religions is that they are illogical and unreasonable. When you shine the light of inquiry on them , they all crumble.Not one can withstand questioning, and therefore are false creations of men.
      I was born a skeptic and as it turns out an atheist., and though my way of thinking was radically different from those around me, the brainwashing didn't take. I have been able to show the light of reality upon many people since and have broken many from the chains of false religions, and all religions are false.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • It is FILTHY says this ATHEIST!

      Cranium
      So it took you studying MANY religions to realize they were illogical and unreasonable (atheist tired babble).

      So what if they crumble. I got it, its old world beliefs. I don't care. Its a shame that all you extracted from your countless hours of studying religions is the bad and how illogical they were. C'mon.

      So you were born that way? A skeptic? Isn't that a little off? Born a skeptic? Really?

      Thats your business, I don't care to change you, but I will stand up to the fact that not all atheists are supporters of deviant unnatural behavior, at the expense of social order and responsibility and children.

      March 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
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