Say It.


Come on, you were thinking it.

You were thinking about all of the families torn apart by hate-fueled rhetoric.

You were thinking about all the women harangued because they made their own minds up over what they wanted to do with some tissue growing inside their own bodies.

You were thinking about all the children going to school and learning less science and more myth.

You were thinking about all the gays and lesbians who were shunned by their families. And all the gays and lesbians who shunned their families for fear of being shunned themselves, if they were honest about who they really were.

You were thinking about all of the political indignities visited on the American public as a direct result of the campaigning by the religious right in the past thirty years, leading to many American lives lost in wars supporting the ideologies springing from that support.

You were thinking of all the people dying of AIDS who’d never even had a homosexual thought in their lives, yet were told that their infection was as a result of American tolerance of homosexuality.

You were thinking about the dignity of America diminished worldwide, because the moronic chatter of fire-and-brimstone evangelicals — and the power they wield — inevitably cast all Americans in an unfavourable light.

You were thinking about the blasphemous blaming of pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and lesbians, the ACLU and People For the American Way for the tragedy on September 11th, 2001. And then you remembered the chickenshit “apology” which followed, in which the aforementioned were blamed not for the bombing itself, but for causing Sky Dad to remove “the veil of security” from America.

You were thinking about all the evil bile spewed, the lives made more miserable, the suicides, the families torn apart, the institutionalization of myth, the corruption of church-state separation and of all the horrible crap that’s been the inevitable fallout from all of the above.

You were thinking that it’s a pity Jerry Falwell won’t learn that heaven is populated by many of the souls he described as sinners. Nor will he be suffering in the hell he described for them, and which he so richly deserves himself. He’s just dead.

You were thinking about a fat, smug, intolerant, lying, scheming, belligerent, hypocritical, evil, hateful, fucking FUCK, dying alone in his office yesterday.

And you thought…


So come on, say it. You were thinking it anyway: the world is a better place today than it was yesterday.

What better way to end TTNO’s informal Atheism Week — like this week is different from any other week! God!!! — than with cute, Jewishy Sasha Baron Cohen as Bruno, facing off against an evangelical tastemaker:

So, yeah, the best (and most satisfying) response to the ridiculous rantings of religious types who judge (and legislate) is… ridicule. Roy Zimmerman is particularly adept in this arena, with “Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual”:

…and if you need further proof that cute, Jewishy comic performers who ruthlessly deconstruct religious “morality” are, almost by definition, stinkin’ hot, here’s Zimmerman’s “Defenders of Marriage”:

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Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins

Sitting at #73 in the TIME Magazine 100 (“the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world”) is one of my heroes, Richard Dawkins. Brilliant, fearless, erudite, articulate, impassioned, clever, polite, charming and very, very funny, Dawkins is a writer of remarkable clarity and a noble crusader for truth over myth.

His The God Delusion is a must-read for anyone questioning the utility of religion in the world. His Channel 4 documentary Root of All Evil? (which was the, er, genesis of Delusion) is a shockingly lucid examination of the consequences of unchallenged, antiscientific dogma. Also? Methamphetamine-addled cocksucker Ted Haggard makes a fool out of himself. (No surprise there.)

Here’s what writer Michael Behe has to say about Dawkins in the TIME article:

Of Richard Dawkins’ nine books, none caused as much controversy or sold as well as last year’s The God Delusion. The central idea—popular among readers and deeply unsettling among proponents of intelligent design like myself—is that religion is a so-called virus of the mind, a simple artifact of cultural evolution, no more or less meaningful than eye color or height.

It is a measure of the artful way Dawkins, 66, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford, tells a tale and the rigor he brings to his thinking that even those of us who profoundly disagree with what he has to say can tip our hats to the way he has invigorated the larger debate.

Dawkins had a mild Anglican youth but at 16 discovered Charles Darwin and believed he’d found a pearl of great price. I believe his new book follows much less from his data than from his premises, and yet I admire his determination. Concerning the big questions, the Bible advises us to be hot or cold but not lukewarm. Whatever the merit of his ideas, Richard Dawkins is not lukewarm.

Kind of odd, though, that a bitter opponent would be called upon to remark on one of the “100”, since none of the other profilers appears to stand in stark philosophical contrast to their subject. Indeed, it was “intelligent design” cheerleader Michael Behe whose nonsensical and scientifically-bankrupt testimony was largely responsible for the stunning defeat of creationism in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Public Schools court challenge.

The smugly condescending “I admire his determination” is not just kind of odd but kind of hilarious, too, since “invigorating the larger debate” inevitably empowers more and more untethered minds to speak loudly in opposition to myth, nonsense and the infantilization of the human race through religiosity. Also? The God Delusion didn’t invigorate the debate, it effectively ended it.

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Post-Rapture Post card

Check out The Post-Rapture Post, whose atheist owners promise to deliver post-Rapture messages from the saved to the damned for as little as $4.99. Fucking brilliant. Be sure to check out the Testimonials and, if so inclined, drool a bit over cute ‘n’ nerdy founder Josh Witter. Absofuckinglutely brilliant.

God Hates FAQs

Why should anyone be afraid of something that doesn’t exist?

abc Nightline
ABC Nightline, 9 May 2007

Hey, while we’re at it…

Atheist vs. Loudmouthed Jerkwad

Memo to amazon dot cah: where the hell is my copy of Christopher Hitchen’s God is Not Great? I mean, I could’ve picked a copy up at Coles two weeks ago, fercryinoutloud.

  1. Parades around like she doesn’t know how fat she is
  2. Hates Björk
  3. Sarcasm-resistant
  4. Thinks she’s so tough
  5. Can’t spell worth beans
  6. Homophobic
  7. Voted for Harper
  8. Won Oscar pool and then lorded it over everybody
  9. Sleeps on plastic bag, considers it “comfy”
  10. Deeply religious

Cat Bible
(not his cat, but you get the idea)

Ray Comfort: “Hold this, Kirk.”

Former child star and evolution expert Kirk Cameron:

“Notice it has a point at the top for ease of entry, it’s just the right shape for the human mouth.” I would argue, though, that the contents do tend to squirt in your face.

You just can’t watch that clip without auto-porning it, can you?

The above, by the way, is an excerpt from The Way of the Master 7, a compendium of horsehit, faulty logic, verbal dishonesty and outright lies — Darwin believed in god? No, he did not. YOU. FUCKING. LIAR.