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Atheist Memes on Facebook: Comforting /= True

Scarlet letter I’m doing a project on my Facebook page: The Atheist Meme of the Day. Every weekday, I’m going to post a short, pithy, Facebook-ready atheist meme… in the hopes that people will spread them, and that eventually, the ideas will get through. If you want to play, please feel free to pass these on through your own Facebook page, or whatever forum or social networking site you like. Or if you don’t like mine, edit them as you see fit, or make some of your own.

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day:

“People find religion comforting” is not a good argument for why religion is true. Wanting something to be so doesn’t make it so. Plus, many believers don’t find religion comforting — they find it upsetting, confusing, guilt-tripping, and demoralizing. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Comments

  1. John the Drunkard says

    ‘People’ find heroin comforting.
    ‘People’ find raping children comforting.
    ‘People’ find notions of racial supremacy comforting.
    ‘People’ find carrying guns to presidential appearences comforting.
    How many can you thing of in 5 seconds?

  2. llewelly says

    Many of the other blogs I read are about global warming. It seems to me people find the notion that global warming is not caused by humans to be comforting. “Comforting”, however, cannot change the physics of CO2, methane, black carbon, and other greenhouse gasses.

    I also read a fair amount about So-Called Alternative Medicine (SCAM). It seems to me that people find homeopathy, reiki, magic herbs, and other woo comforting. That doesn’t make it work.

  3. Bruce Gorton says

    Okay, I have a suggestion for your next one. Link for context:
    http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article6882575.ece
    The following comment made me see red:

    Stan Horszowski wrote:
    I will pass no judgement on the nuns : Let the Lord judge them .
    October 21, 2009 10:36 PM BST on community.timesonline.co.uk
    Recommend? (1)

    I think it is time for a meme on judgement. You can do it in calm and measured tones whereas would call the sanctimonious cowards who use this cliche for what they are – people more concerned with their own holiness than the wellbeing of children.

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