Jun 25 2009

So the Sweden sign was fake. The real ad campaign is as bad.

A previous post I put up, with anti-atheist billboards, apparently had a photoshopped version of a real Answers In Genesis billboard, only with the words replaced. The revelation of such spawned an epic word-war (which I sadly missed) (which is apparently still ongoing! Put on some popcorn!) over at How Good Is That. The original ad campaign is honestly not much better. At least the Sweden one is more honest about its implications.

This is my way of saying, “sorry I got duped”. The point of the original post stands though. There’s a civility gulf, and it’s evident both in how atheists are willing to stand up for their beliefs against an oppressive majority with little care for how they are perceived, and in how that same majority is willing to paint the minority as incapable of morality (in other words, objectively evil).

Morality comes from wanting to do what’s right for a) yourself, and b) by extension society as well, since what’s right for yourself is to help maintain society. No man is an island, and all that. Without society to support us, we would fall, and that’s why atheists are capable of morals — just because people realize God is imaginary, doesn’t mean society is going to fall apart, because we all need society to keep living ourselves.

Yes, even you, you antisocial twerp. Unless you plan on raising livestock and tending a garden full of medical herbs (heh) someplace in the remote woods. And even then, good luck carrying out your particular genetic line if you’re living alone. Your genes die with you, and good riddance.


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    You haven’t so much missed out on the “Epic War” as you have tuned in at the precise time at which the ball is in AiG court, with regard to my latest reply here…


    Thanks for the pingback! Very much appreciate it.

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    Jason Thibeault

    No worries Jim. I loves me some well-researched retard-smiting.

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    I rather like the idea of being a retard smiter–not that that’s a real word :)

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    Jason Thibeault

    Hahaha… +3 Sword of Smiting vs Retards.

    I am such a geek…

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    I countermand your Sword of Tardsmite with my mallet of Mormon!

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    Jason Thibeault

    Oh hell, I’m out of manna. Mallet’d!!!

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    That quote from Mein Kampf you posted is just brilliant!

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    Jason Thibeault

    I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you mean that using it there is brilliant, and not that Hitler’s words are brilliant. :)

    Again, mad credz to DanJ.

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    What’s so sad is that you had to clarify that, so some brain donor doesn’t come along and go, “Ah see!! I told you atheists are all..” et cetera

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    Jason Thibeault

    Unfortunately, yeah, after the BBC article mentioned at Greg Laden’s recently, and the “Darwin Was Wrong” bullshit, I’m a little too conscious of how easily innocuous statements can be reparsed.

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    Dan J

    Yes, remember “Mein Kampf” every time some douchebag godbot tries to spin the “Hitler was an atheist” line. Got to keep the fundies in line, you know (of course, no offense intended toward the Bay).

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    I couldn’t resist playing with the photo. Probably over the top.

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    Very good RobertM. Like it a lot.

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    Jason Thibeault

    Hah! Sorry, I missed this in the weekend events — Robert, not half bad at all. It’s every bit as civil as their real ad campaign.

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    So what’s your major problem with single males?

    If you care to think a bit, you will notice that your genes are basically fully diluted within about four generations. Woo, I’m going to pass on my genes to make a world full of mini me. Why not have fewer children and make the world a far more pleasant environment for everyone? Plus the added bonus is that future generations would actually have some natural resources left.

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