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
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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

soundoff (3,513 Responses)
  1. kimsland

    It's a great idea to publicize what these public officials state.
    They should not be in any modern human role, other than side show clowns.
    Pretty sure they all believe the world is 6000 years old too. They are pathetic.

    March 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Dawkins is an idiot

    Stupid arrogant selfish = atheist

    March 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
    • End Religion

      You're up late for a 6th-grader. I suppose you're up late collecting money from your mom's Johns.

      March 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm |
  3. Kay

    Please extradite me if anybody in this picture ever becomes president.

    March 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  4. ved

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    March 15, 2013 at 3:00 am |
  5. Dawkins is an idiot

    Evolution teaches that a frog can turn into a prince. You stupid communist, liberal atheists are such idiots!!!! Hitler tried to use Darwinian evolution to create a perfect race. U stupid atheists belong to a destructive cult!!!!! The new Atheists are stupid IDIOTS!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • Bored Troll


      March 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • == o ==

      well that's a whole bowl of stupid. someone doesn't understand their current evolution theory.

      March 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • Atheistically Yours

      And which of the poorest, most ignorant, most backwards of the RED STATES is your moronic ass from, you pathetic waste of oxygen consumption?

      March 24, 2013 at 11:25 am |
  6. mickey1313

    If you do good because it is the right thing to do, and not because you think an angry sky man will punish you, you are probibly an athiest. If the only thing that makes you do good is the fear of gods wrath, than you are probibly a thiest. Can you see the differcance? One does good for good, on does good to not be punished. Which is really the good man? It is your action intent that is important. If you are good , just to be good, that is honorable. However if you do good out of fear of the consiquences, that is a bad guy. To recap, most (not all) thiests are evil, and most (not all) athiests are good. Clear are crystal.

    March 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • You leave out a third option

      What if you do good to honor One who alone it truly good and the source of all that is good? What if you do good out of gratefulness and in response to the greatest act of goodness of all time?

      March 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @"You leave out a third option"

      "What if you do good to honor One who alone it truly good and the source of all that is good? What if you do good out of gratefulness and in response to the greatest act of goodness of all time?"

      I think this scenario is very similar to the person who does good only out of fear. In both cases the actor is not what most of us would think of as truly good: he or she is externally and not internally motivated. Both of these scenarios make both non-theists and many theists uncomfortable. The idea that a person does not have enough drive and empathy to behave morally without religion is depressing and a little scary to those of us who do have that drive. We are hesitant to trust those who behave only for those external reasons.

      That said, I don’t think the options are quite as simple as either you or mickey state. Most Christians are not sociopaths and have the same basic human instincts as everyone else. They may rationalize away their “good” behavior in religious terms, but the majority would, in most cases, still continue to act well without it, and do, as we see in countries and communities with diminished religiosity.

      This amoral scenario is more a problem for people who “choose” religion in order to keep themselves in line. These are the religious folk who go around saying things like “Why would one behave morally as an atheist?” These folks, only a subcategory of Christians, don’t realize how they have exposed their deficiencies as humans just by speaking. They truly don’t realize that others have ethical instincts that they do not…and it’s these people I would suggest we all, theist or atheist, stay clear of.

      March 18, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  7. Dawkins is an idiot

    All you stupid atheists that belong to a destructive cult with Dawkins as your leader should go Jump off a bridge face first, you stupid idiots!!!!

    March 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Science

      Tag your turn ....Dawkins is an idiot

      Hey bethany/chad cause is non casual agent religious BS

      Hey Bobie and As-stin Chad/rachel l4h fred Robert Brown loony bethany etc etc All creationists !!!

      Was the bible around back then ?

      Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

      Remember : Adam had to POKE himself hard with his OWN BONE to create Eve.


      March 10, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • mickey1313

      Your ignorant hate filled words reveal you for the pathetic thiest you are. All thiest are dogs, and should be put down like dogs.

      March 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  8. Jake

    I have a question...is not what the atheists are doing equally as bigoted and intolerant as religious people? They are saying we cannot have the opinions we have, or live the way we live because it is "wrong." Sure sounds the same....I wouldn't ever call a gay person or atheist or anything Christianity does not approve of, because I am equally as guilty of the same things. It's all about realizing we are not perfect people, we make mistakes, and we are in desperate need of a Savior because we cannot do it ourselves. I cannot prove nor disprove my faith, that is why it is faith, but all I know is that if I die, and the Bible is right, I am in good hands. If the Bible is wrong, then I lived a life trying to help people as much as I could, and staying away from the things that bring us down (i.e. alcoholism, drunk driving, std's, drugs, etc...). I would be living for what the Bible preaches (love, joy, peace, self control, goodness, faith, etc...) Doesn't sound all that bad to me.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • FTC

      Huh? Where do you hear atheists saying that you're not allowed to have an opinion. You are completely mis-characterizing the matter. People are certainly allowed to have have and express their opinions. But not all opinions are equal. And no opinions are deserving of automatic respect, deference, or reverence. Opinions live and die by the merit of their contents. Some opinions are clearly better than others. The opinion that disease is caused by germs is superior to the opinion that disease is caused by sin. How do we differentiate between good opinions and bad opinions? Reason, evidence, and the continuously expanding body of human knowledge. Good opinions should be preserved. And bad opinions should be discarded. Not through force of violence or oppression, but through conversational pressure, force of reason, and holding people to task for the stuff that comes out of their mouths. This is what normal people do in every other area of their lives except religion. There is nothing bigoted about that. In short, the atheists are not objecting to anyone' private right to believe and express anything they damn well please. But the days where you could just just invoke your religion and then say stuff straight out of the bronze age while expecting everyone to be smiling and nodding and patting you on the back for how spiritually superior you are are pretty much done.

      March 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Oh jake, you are wrong. Christians and other thiests have over 2000 years of evil and negitivity to make up for. I think athiests should treat thiests the way thiests have treated every one who is non-thiest for the past 2000 years. Thiests do not ever deserve the air they are breathing.

      March 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Jake, you are erroneously as suming that the atheists are saying that the Christians are wrong for having opinions. They are saying the Christians are wrong because they are scientifically wrong (don’t understand modern findings on hom ose xuality, its causes and impacts) and morally wrong (as a result have beliefs that decrease human well-being).

      Most atheists, like most Christians, are not extreme moral relativists. Atheists are operating on certain standards, which may differ from atheist to atheist but usually involve adopting modern scientific ideas and some form of ethics that focuses on humans alive on this planet.

      Certainly, beyond those beliefs atheists usually are for maximizing freedom of belief. But that is not ever to say that certain basic standards of logic, science and ethics should not be met. The point the atheists here are making is that those standards aren’t met by this kind of Christian and that atheism is an alternative.

      March 11, 2013 at 7:19 am |
  9. Darwin was wrong

    How to be an atheist – A) believe in myths. ie, a frog can turn into a prince
    B) you have to be gay
    C) don't think for yourself just repeat what Dawkins says

    March 8, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • midwest rail

      Trolling should never be this boring – or stupid.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • Darwin was wrong

      All atheists are 'trolls'. And these stupid billboards that atheist put up is a wonderful example of what it is to be a troll

      March 8, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • midwest rail

      See previous reply.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How to be a troll:

      Excise brain tissue
      Post misspelled lies and complete nonsense
      Lather, rinse, repeat as needed

      March 8, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • WASP

      @wrong: yeah it makes so much more sense to believe that a magic man in the sky snapped his fingers and created everything from nothing.

      it's makes so much more sense that two humans inbred to create the 7 billion people that current live on earth.

      it makes so much more sense to act like a child requiring a reward/punishment system to encourage you to be good instead of just being nice to begin with.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • Darwin was wrong

      All liberal, communist, gay, pro choice atheists are IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • mickey1313

      um, are you high, right now? Thiests believe in myths. Thiests believe in in truth without proof, thiests believe in paroting back what the sheeple of the church say. And athiests never condem hetros exual activities (like the cathloc priests). Thiests are deluded, ignorant, and flat out stupid.

      March 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  10. dorothy

    For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it

    March 7, 2013 at 10:08 am |
    • Science

      I have visted Hell MI.

      March 7, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  11. 389 Ministers Proclamation

    As Christian clergy we proclaim: the Good News concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons and publicly apologize where we have been silent. As disciples of Jesus, who assures us that the truth sets us free, we recognize that the debate is over. The verdict is in. Homosexuality is not a sickness, not a choice, and not a sin. We find no rational biblical or theological basis to condemn or deny the rights of any person based on sexual orientation. Silence by many has allowed political and religious rhetoric to monopolize public perception, creating the impression that there is only one Christian perspective on this issue. Yet we recognize and celebrate that we are far from alone, as Christians, in affirming that LGBT persons are distinctive, holy, and precious gifts to all who struggle to become the family of God.

    In repentance and obedience to the Holy Spirit, we stand in solidarity as those who are committed to work and pray for full acceptance and inclusion of LGBT persons in our churches and in our world. We lament that LGBT persons are condemned and excluded by individuals and institutions, political and religious, who claim to be speaking the truth of Christian teaching. This leads directly and indirectly to intolerance, discrimination, suffering, and even death. The Holy Spirit compels us:

    -to affirm that the essence of Christian life is not focused on sexual orientation, but how one lives by grace in relationship with God, with compassion toward humanity;

    –to embrace the full inclusion of our LGBT brothers and sisters in all areas of church life, including leadership;

    –to declare that the violence must stop. Christ’s love moves us to work for the healing of wounded souls who are victims of abuse often propagated in the name of Christ;

    –to celebrate the prophetic witness of all people who have refused to let the voice of intolerance and violence speak for Christianity, especially LGBT persons, who have met hatred with love;

    Therefore we call for an end to all religious and civil discrimination against any person based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. All laws must include and protect the freedoms, rights, and equal legal standing of all persons, in and outside the church.

    March 7, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Anon

      Christianity is all based on primitive myths.

      March 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  12. clarity

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease. Realistically, many abortions could be avoided if a morning-after pill were not viewed as such an evil option. Many of these same people bring children into the world at a high pace, and then would prefer that the rest of society take over and educate their children in their particular brand of religion when they don't plan well.

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of LCMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as it goes.

    Has anything improved with Christianity since 200+ years ago?

    Thomas Jefferson, POTUS #3 (from Notes on the State of Virginia):

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    James Madison, POTUS #4, chief architect of the U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights (from A Memorial and Remonstrance delivered to the Virginia General Assembly in 1785):

    During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.

    John Adams, POTUS #2 (in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 09/03/1816):

    I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced! With the rational respect that is due to it, knavish priests have added prostitutions of it, that fill or might fill the blackest and bloodiest pages of human history.

    Ben Franklin (from a letter to The London Packet, 3 June 1772):

    If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England.

    Thomas Paine (from The Age of Reason):

    All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    March 7, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  13. AZWarrior

    I as a non religious person don't want the in-your-face "witnessing" by those who believe, so it is only right and fair that I object to the same from atheists. Both of you need to keep your personal beliefs to yourselves.

    March 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • hee hee

      Get a grip. How can you compare knocking on your door on a Saturday morning to posting some thoughts on a blog?

      I've seen religious folk
      – knock on my door to tell me I'm a sinner
      – repeatedly ignored my requests to be left in peace
      – surround me and get between me and my 2 year old daughter
      – stand in front of my pregnant wife pushing a stroller on a sidewalk, to prevent her from getting away

      Really now.

      March 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • hee hee

      Which beliefs are ok to talk about? Just yours, apparently.


      March 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Akira

      Well, I suppose the next time an atheist knocks at your door, you'd be justified in closing the door in their face.
      Oh, wait. Atheists don't do that, do they?
      You're on the Belief Blog. It's going to be discussed. If you don't like the discussion, log off. CNN doesn't mind.

      March 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • WASP

      @AZ: in the words of the great GEORGE CARLIN " there are two little knobs on your radio, one turns it off the other CHANGES THE CHANNEL. if you don't like what you hear/ read/ see then go to the 700 club channel they are there to kiss your rear and accept your "donations" to save your soul.

      March 8, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • mickey1313

      So, when was the last time an athiest came to your door knocking and preeching? When was the last time that an athiest group tried to illigally influance the law? The church does both and a whole lot more. Athiesm is not a belief, it is a way of looking at the world, the facts that are seen, and to see that there is zero evidance for a supernatural creator. Calling athiesm a religous belief is like saying that religon is a science, it is the opsite in both cases.

      March 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
  14. SoldierOfConscience

    What atheists dont get is

    God is such that you cant prove or disprove him using the five senses. To try to get "falsifiable proof" is futile. That would be like tying you up, blindfolding you, holding a random object in front of your ear and asking you to see with your ear. It cant. its not made to see. Same way, feel the faith. with your heart. not with microscopes and theories and ...

    March 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Felix Sinclair

      What you don't seem to get is that atheists don't think not being able to prove or disprove something is a reason to believe something exists. That's why we ask you apply your reasoning to Zeus, Thor and flying pink unicorns and to see if it makes sense to you.

      March 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • OTOH


      1. We don't know things with our hearts. That organ might speed up or skip a beat because of stimuli originating in the brain, however.

      2. Do you know how many others "know in their hearts" that Vishnu or Ra or some other god or supernatural being is true. How many millions/billions of ancient Egyptians perhaps went to their graves with a clay disk of Ra clutched to their chests?

      March 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • on the other hand, facts

      Actually, we get it. Somehow, I've come across that idea once or twice (or 100 or 1000 times). It's just that it's not convincing.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "There's something pathetic in the world today
      And I don't know how it all began.
      As if all the shame and punishment
      Will finally make me understand.

      Everybody knows what's in their heart is right"

      – Dr. Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)

      March 7, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • ME II

      " feel the faith. with your heart."

      The heart is a notoriously unreliable determiner of truth.
      It usually pumps blood really well, but that's about it.

      March 7, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • WASP

      @conscience: i'm pretty certain the 9/11 attackers were soooooooooooooooooo certain their god was the right one that they flew planes into our buildings; so is your faith and conviction on par with theirs? they were willing and did die for their "god". let's see you do the same if you are so sure your god is the correct one, remember to say thirteen hale marys and your sins will be forgiven. lmfao

      March 8, 2013 at 8:21 am |
    • sam stone

      S(ame) O(ld) C(ocksucker) troll......

      March 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • mickey1313

      what nonsence. Absence of evidance is evidance of absence. Their is nothing in this world that cannot be explained, not that we can as of yet explain it. To say that there are things we cannot know is just ignorant thiestic doubble-speak, an atempt to make their own feeble minds seem right, but alas, they are all stupid, and all wrong.

      March 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
  15. john1513

    Activities like these are what make American Atheists the most annoying group in America. Put your money and attention to a good cause.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Felix Sinclair

      If it annoys people then it's money well spent.

      March 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • bethany

      Let them prove their merit by encouraging them to participate. Their nonsense and immorality appeals to their own kind. They cannot argue logically. They know that. Now, anyone browsing the net can see for themselves how absurd they are.

      March 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Akira

      Anyone browsing the net can see irrationality of both sides of the coin, bethany. That's the nature of the net.

      March 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  16. SoldierOfTrolling

    SoldierOfNonsense posted, 6 months ago

    To Primewonk, Tom, Hawaii, whomever responded to my posts:

    I sent a link of this forum to my pastor. He gently scolded me saying you dont be rude to people, pull them down or say things like Obama Bin Biden to make your point. He's advising me to stop posting on these forums since the christian thing is to explain one's viewpoint and its up to the other person whether he accepts it or not. That I'm doing more damage than good.

    So, if anyone was hurt, sorry. That was not my point. I want to save as many souls as possible by educating people of the truths.


    March 6, 2013 at 10:59 am |
    • SolderOfConscience

      So? like digging up old posts much?

      March 6, 2013 at 11:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hahahhhaa! BUSTED!

      March 6, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      how busted, Tom?

      March 6, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • The old guy from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

      very interresstingggg . . . .

      March 6, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you that dumb, SOC COC?

      March 6, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      You are making this up. prove it.

      March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  17. dororthy

    i concede, as a bigot, an idiot, a know nothing big shot atheist, there may be a tooth fairy. lol

    like i would know something! just ask me anything. i know christians are azzwipes! lol. cause i said so, even when i take my anti-psychotics.

    March 6, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  18. errybody's problem

    The typical day of an atheist consists of patting oneself on the back for his or her success; going around and telling his or her friends that "God doesn't exist"; getting offended by every person walking out of a church; looking for a four leaf clover; trying to memorize all of Stephen Hawkins' arguments; throwing a penny into a wishing well; carrying a horse shoe; checking the Internet to make sure that their favorite celebrities are still atheists; watching their favorite episodes of "Survivor" and "Amish Mafia"; and disrespecting anyone with a religious background.

    March 6, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How many atheists or agnostics do you know in real life?

      March 6, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • on the other hand, facts

      You just made all that up.

      None of your sentences apply to me. For example, I keep quiet about my views, because I could get fired or disciplined if I expressed them in public. (Blogs are anonymous, of course).

      March 6, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • End Religion

      otohf: are you clergy? or just in a religious org?

      March 6, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Dont forget
      FInd new way to promote killing unborns
      Fight to break up families by defining new kinds of family

      March 6, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Doobs

      I see that you are posting this in every recent comment section. Silly christian. I doubt you've ever had a discussion with an atheist IRL.

      March 6, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, look. It's SOC COC, back to troll again. Keep in mind that this fraud doesn't believe a word it posts. It's just puking up nonsense to elicit a reaction.

      March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • Doobs

      @ SOC

      Don't forget all the christians who are breaking up families by having affairs and getting divorced.

      March 6, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      I know of one atheist

      Timothy McWeigh

      March 6, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • ME II

      "McVeigh took last rites before execution"
      ( http://articles.cnn.com/2001-06-11/justice/mcveigh.03_1_timothy-mcveigh-first-federal-execution-mcveigh-attorney?_s=PM:LAW )

      March 6, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "I know of one atheist
      Timothy McWeigh
      Are you referring to Timothy McVeigh? The perpetrator of the Oklahoma City Bombing?

      McVeigh was a catholic. In a farewell letter to his friend, Steve Hodge, McVeigh said, "I know in my heart that I am right in my struggle, Steve. I have come to peace with myself, my God and my cause. Blood will flow in the streets, Steve. Good vs. Evil. Free Men vs. Socialist Wannabe Slaves. Pray it is not your blood, my friend."

      March 6, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Felix Sinclair

      I like to spend my time mocking dolts that that say asinine things. If they happen to have a religious background that's not my problem.

      March 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • mickey1313

      You might need to look in the mirror, your ignorance is showing.

      March 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  19. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog:

    Do not donate any money to American Atheists. Tis just another "non-profit" using a cause as a front for a tax-free investment company.

    Said group's CEO, Dave Silverman pays himself $100,000+ /yr out of about $500,000 in donations. Said group has an investment portfolio of over a million dollars. And Silverman pays no taxes on the interest, dividends or capital gains on these investments. (guidestar.org)

    Instead of sending a donation, simply forward this to your family and friends:


    March 6, 2013 at 7:13 am |
    • on the other hand, facts

      Source, please.

      March 6, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  20. errybody's problem

    Atheists claim to have no religion because it's the easy way out. They don't have to follow any doctrines. They don't have to repent. They don't have to fast. They don't have to sacrifice anything. They don't have to donate time or money. They just don't give a crap about other people, period. It's easier to be an atheist. It's also very pitiful. When you get into trouble, to whom do you pray? Do you turn to the mirror and convince yourself that everything's under your control? Do you rely on the kindness of others to help you out? Do you go to a wishing well? Look for a four leaf clover? Make a wish upon a shooting star? Hold your breath while driving through a tunnel? You claim to be godless because there is no proof of a greater power, and yet, you're willing to believe everything cable television offers you.

    March 6, 2013 at 1:59 am |
    • midwest rail

      So many assumptions, so little time...

      March 6, 2013 at 5:52 am |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' / Agnostics’ Creed 2013 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (References used are available upon request.)

      March 6, 2013 at 7:15 am |
    • Reality

      Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are atheists.

      The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF or the Gates Foundation) is the largest transparently operated[4] private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The foundation is "driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family".[5] The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Other principal officers include Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr. and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes.

      It had an endowment of US$33.5 billion as of December 31, 2009.[3] The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy,[6] though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations.[5] In 2007, its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America.[7]

      March 6, 2013 at 7:23 am |
    • Saraswati

      "Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds."


      A more interesting question is whether certain people need religion because without it they feel no sense of right and wrong and because compassion is not strong enough in them to work as a motivator. Others who inhereted and developed a strong enough capacity for compassion can take religion or leave it and still function appropriately in society.

      March 6, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • the AnViL

      Do you go to a wishing well? Look for a four leaf clover? Make a wish upon a shooting star? Hold your breath while driving through a tunnel?

      actually – any one of those solutions is literally just as effective as prayer.

      March 6, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      So who is more charitable?
      The religionist who feels compelled to charity to please their deity and/or avoid punishment, or the atheist who gives for no reason other than to help their fellow man?
      "When you get into trouble, to whom do you pray?"
      We don't pray to anyone. We seek solutions.
      "Do you turn to the mirror and convince yourself that everything's under your control?"
      No – we look in the mirror and determine what is under our control and how to deal positively with those things that are not.
      "Do you rely on the kindness of others to help you out?"
      Sometimes. There are many communities that are built on things other than religion/gods.
      "Do you go to a wishing well? Look for a four leaf clover? Make a wish upon a shooting star? Hold your breath while driving through a tunnel?"
      Atheists tend to reject the supernatural, including supersti/tion.
      "You claim to be godless because there is no proof of a greater power, and yet, you're willing to believe everything cable television offers you."
      Now that's just silly. Many atheists are skeptics. That skepticism extends to all types of media. Have you ever heard of Chomsky's Progaganda Model?

      March 6, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • on the other hand, facts

      @Errbody: You say that having no religion is the "easy way out", and then list comforts which you feel can only be derived from religion. Do you see the contradiction?

      Anyway, you ought to meet some atheists. Your caricatures are based on your imagination.

      March 6, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • End Religion

      Personally, I am looking forward to the time when the really good and giving religious folks (and I believe there are many) have finally shed the religion part. That force of good people combined with all ones already proclaiming atheism, no longer focused on imaginary sky fairies, will be quite a force for the advancement of mankind.

      March 6, 2013 at 10:47 am |
    • Doobs

      Is this what your pastor told you?

      March 6, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • mickey1313

      Um, you are insane. Athiests do not believe in any mythos. No clovers, no rabits foot, no wishing well, and no mean man in the sky giving free will, and then punishing people for using it. Thiests are the sad ones who believe whatever their priest tells them. They need no evidance to believe. PS when you talk to yourself, and think it is god, that is called scytsophrenia.

      March 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
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