Apr 24 2011

Truer words have never been spoken

From a student who attended the American Atheists’ National convention in Iowa this weekend:

The last thing you want to do at an atheist convention is to announce at the end of a session, “There is a provocative fundamentalist Christian protesting outside, DO NOT GO TALK TO HIM.” This means that half of the attendees will rush outside until Jesus returns.

Between crazy protesters, bar crawls with PZ, costume party dinners, and all of my godless friends being in one place, I’m really sad I didn’t go. Oh well, next year!

EDIT: I wish I could read everything on this guy’s shirt. I love playing the “How many horrible sinning categories apply to me?” game. If I’m under 50%, I lose.


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  1. 1
    Tea Cosy

    It was nice of them to provide entertainment and material for endless anecdotes in the bar later.. Although I can’t get my head around the dissonance between the two signs. Surely if all you need is faith and it doesn’t matter what you do, then it should be entirely irrelevant if women vote?

  2. 2

    That and it should be entirely irrelevant if you do any of those things on his shirt.

  3. 3
    Matt Foss

    This image is just begging for a captioning contest…

  4. 4

    Am I the only one that’s rather saddened by how youthful the one on the far left looks? Far too young to be preaching and absorbing all that hatred and stupidity, IMHO.

  5. 5
    Tea Cosy

    You know, I didn’t notice his shirt until now!

  6. 6
    Peter Richmond

    Not the only one. I like to think that we get less of this nonsense with each successive generation.Am I the only one who thinks the “Women should not be allowed to vote” sign is kind of quaint? Or is that kind of thing more common south of the border?

  7. 7
    Karl Winkelman

    Who is the guy in the back? He looks familiar. It’s almost as if the picture was taken because he was posing.

  8. 8
    Andrew Hall

    I’m sure they will be heading to their Mensa meeeting after the protest.

  9. 9

    Because nothing is more relevant to an atheist convention than womens suffrage. Also, way to have your finger on the pulse buddy. Very modern and current issue. He reminds me of those idiots you see with the confederate flags on their trucks, the ones who are all too happy to remind you “The South will rise again!”It was over a century ago and you lost. Get over it. This is the way things work now.

  10. 10

    I wonder if the contract with the hotel included a clause about what happens to the deposit in the event of an act of God.

  11. 11
    Grammar Merchant

    I guess no one clued this guy in to the fact that women are far more likely than men to be intensely religious. http://www.livescience.com/768… (Not each woman, mind you; just statistically speaking.)

  12. 12

    I just think he’s going to be highly disappointed when May 21st comes and nothing happens…

  13. 13

    I love that the sign held by the young has to be in King James English.The youth in the picture is also in the highly educational video ‘atheist brain found’ seen athttp://www.youtube.com/user/ex… . Of course, we are the shrill one when we point out the abuse of child religious indoctrination.

  14. 14

    Because nothing is more relevant to an atheist convention than womens suffrage.

    Unfortunately, the implications of that sarcasm are pretty accurate too much of the time :(

  15. 15

    Looks like the old dude in the Boondock saints… oh shit.

  16. 16
    mr dan

    I recognize this guy! His name is James the Preacher and he has several very inflammatory videos on youtube. Like, so inflammatory that I’ve often thought he might be a Poe. Here is the most offensive:”Why Women Should Not be Allowed to Vote! FEMINISTS BEWARE!”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  17. 17
    Warner W. Johnston

    But Republican Jesus (TM) likes the Confederacy, and will support them when they rise again.

  18. 18

    I would get that T-Shirt and add “Member of the Rebel Alliance”. That would turn the entire piece of hatred (Hate Shirt?) into parody. And I got Sex Addict, Liar, Atheist and Drug user

  19. 19

    If Fundies’ greatest wish is to be with God and Jesus, AND if we are all adding to the world’s woes by doing the things on his shirt, AND if these woes make Jesus decide to come again and do the “Rapture” thing, AND if the Rapture means that the Fundies get to spend eternity with God and Jesus, SHOULDN’T they be thanking us gays, feminists, drug abusers, liars, and pro-choicers for speeding it up for them?

  20. 20
    Bobbi Weth

    Actually Southerners don’t like Republicans because it was the Republican Union that beat them. They call themselves “Southern Democrats” but spew the same rhetoric.

  21. 21
    Bobbi Weth

    Actually Southerners don’t like Republicans because it was the Republican Union that beat them. They call themselves “Southern Democrats” but spew the same rhetoric.

  22. 22

    You can see (on the shirt): Abortionists, Thieves, Druggies (or perhaps Drug Users), Liars, Atheists, and Homosexuals. I can’t make out the two on the top, but I’d wager that one of them is “Darwinists” or “Evolutionists” or something similar.

  23. 23
    Jon von Kampen

    Besides the T-shirt, he had a sign further condemning: “drunkards, fornicators, sodomites, effeminate, gamblers.” Besides that picture I also got a short video — did I mention that godly men do not have long hair? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  24. 24

    I’ve heard that image is quite quaintly American. Wasn’t it common in the 18th century’s wild far west for traveling preachers, enlightened missionaries and other crazy folks (not to mention smart charlatans) to go town after town spreading the lord’s good news, yelling about repentance and the judgement day?

  25. 25
    Erin Winslow

    Like the Jesus Zombie?!!!

  26. 26

    Perhaps there’s still hope for the young guy. Both my parents were Goldwater Republicans and I agreed with them until Viet Nam happened. From there I moved far left never to return, at least not for 40+ years.

  27. 27
    Patrick Marchi

    It looks like Brian Posehn’s dad is pretty pissed about something. I wonder what.

  28. 28
    Warner W. Johnston

    And they voted Democratic until Richard Nixon and the ‘Southern Strategy’. He was the first President I voted against.

  29. 29
    Gareth McCaughan

    I think the T-shirt says: “Warning to all: church gossips, drunkards, abortionists, thieves, sex addicts, druggies, liars, atheists and homosexuals… Judgment coming”; see http://toughroadhome.blogspot…. which clearly describes the same shirt. (It may possibly be written by the person on the left of Jen’s photo; I’m not sure.)

  30. 30
    Salty Wood

    Just finished playing the addictive “How many horrible sinning categories apply to me?” game. I managed to get only 4/9. Sinning Fail! :-)

  31. 31

    Hey Jen, you can read the tshirt here: http://youtu.be/Wg_Yt09D6CM

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