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  1. says

    Scary, funny, and strange.

    I don’t think they are too well organized. After all, they are trying to organize teenagers…

    I tried to join, to start my own Christian Battle Plan. But the same thing happened as when I tried to join the discussion list at Uncommon Descent. Nothing.

    Their defenses appear to be impenetrable. Or, their software sucks.

  2. says

    Gads…when I did my “Paint the Moon” project five years ago, at least I *knew* that it was a lyrical fantasy art project designed simply to get people to share a dream. These loons actually think that super-coordinated, concentrated prayer is going to make the Blasphemy Challenge go ‘poof’.

    Yeesh.

    Jim D

  3. TheBowerbird says

    Can someone summarize what’s going on in the article? PZ’s description is a bit vague, and the article is blocked here at work as “personal pages or profanity”. Considering Dailykos is blocked as extreme politics, I’m beginning to wonder about our network admin being a loony.

  4. Buffalo Gal says

    If you really believe that prayer is efficacious, would you waste your effort on a silly internet thing, or would you ask your god for help with things like poverty, war, and disease? The least I would ask for would be a lottery win (I know, buying tickets might be a better strategy).

  5. says

    BattleCry:

    Corporations, media conglomerates, and purveyors of popular culture have spent billions to seduce and enslave our youth.

    Oh what to do!? Should we educate our youth to think more critically, so that they may be less easily deceived by such charlatans? Nah, ’tis far better to seduce and enslave them with religion instead! Duh!

  6. brent says

    Summary: Apparently a group which is appalled by the blasphemy challenge, of which you may have heard, is organizing as many people as possible to pray against it at the same time. If that link does not work perhaps this one, linked directly to the site will work.

  7. says

    Bowerbird:

    There’s an organised pray-in on Friday for all the people taking the Blasphemer’s Challenge, to make sure that they don’t become Satanists.

    Because, clearly, “not believing in the supernatural” is the same as “worshipping Satan”.

  8. MJ Memphis says

    You know, it would be kinda funny if the Blasphemy Challenge folks took down their videos briefly on Friday, then put them back up an hour or so later, just to mess with the heads of these people.

  9. David Marjanović says

    The dork side of the farce.

    (disclaimer: not my idea; don’t quote me for it)

  10. David Marjanović says

    The dork side of the farce.

    (disclaimer: not my idea; don’t quote me for it)

  11. says

    I’m sorta struck by how many of the responses to this call for spiritual battle are sarcastic, negative and dismissive. There doesn’t seem to be much indication that a big pray-in is a popular idea. Maybe everyone really knows just how pointless it is… (just hoping).

  12. TheBowerbird says

    Thanks for the sum/links everyone. Looks like I need to record a little video for the challenge this afternoon in order annoy those folks a bit more : ) I love it how the “Living in Grace” site uses warlike language to describe what they are doing… “This is a battle!” Just don’t call it a crusade.

  13. quork says

    Because, clearly, “not believing in the supernatural” is the same as “worshipping Satan”.

    Teh Funny, isn’t it?

  14. Bruce says

    “pray for the “lost” folks en masse for the hours between noon and 1:00pm “your local time,””
    Shouldn’t they be using Greenwich Mean Time to get the biggest bang for their god-bothering? Sidereal time? The theological implications o’erwhelm me.

  15. Caledonian says

    So their response to the blasphemy videos is an act of sorcery?

    Not particularly impressive.

  16. Morgan says

    The point of the site is to train teens for spiritual battle.

    Prayer no jutsu?

    Surely I’m not the only one who thinks you shouldn’t be able to claim ‘training in spiritual battle’ until you’ve demonstrated an ability to make your enemies’ heads explode with raw spirit…

  17. says

    Nah, their response is to talk about prayer, because it’s more talked about than done. (I wish they would stop talking about it, then!)

    Why do they care what other people do? Because it’s an opportunity to show off how pious they are. They’re supposed to go into a closet to pray, not build websites and wring their class rings, hoping for an “Oprah” gig.

    And maybe this is a way to hook up with other Christian guys/gals. (I had to attend those Christian youth conventions and I know what goes on. Believe me.)

  18. bc says

    Don’t laugh, you reality-based heathens (or pagans). Just remember that in 1985 the new-agers joined together in the “harmonic convergence” and just 4 years later the USSR disappeared. How do you explain that? :)

  19. spencer says

    Shouldn’t they be using Greenwich Mean Time to get the biggest bang for their god-bothering?

    They probably considered it, but realized that their people would get confused by the whole Daylight Savings Time issue.

  20. George says

    The blogger has gone though:

    Removal of a kidney
    6+ mis-carriages
    2 c-sections
    Hysterectomy
    Kidney Failure and Dialysis

    I feel bad for her, I admire her optimism and her determination to get better, but I don’t understand what she gets out of believing in God. Good things happen, bad things happen and, for her, it’s all part of God’s plan. Without God, the good and bad things would still happen. Nothing would change. So get rid of him. He’s excess baggage.

  21. says

    Prayer no jutsu?

    Just thought of something funny some geek with less of a life could try for a YouTube video: Have someone start off with a Blasphemy Challenge and get interrupted by a guy with a Naruto-style ninja headband (with a cross instead of a hidden village symbol), and go through a bunch of prayer hand signs to some actiony music. The Blasphemer gives him a funny look and continues the video.

  22. says

    So get rid of him. He’s excess baggage.

    Yeah! Throw the bum out!

    God needs to get a real job!

    Audience: “Woot! Woot! Throw him out!”

    Now there’s an Oprah show I’d watch.

  23. HP says

    Shouldn’t they be using Greenwich Mean Time to get the biggest bang for their god-bothering?

    No. See, by having everyone pray in their local time zone, you create a massive “prayer wave” sweeping across the planet from east to west. As this prayer wave moves across time zones, each successive wave peak adds its “prayermentum” to the next. When it hits the International Date Line, enough excess energy has been accumulated to send prayer flares hurtling off through space to the throne of God. This is required to offset the background praydiation with which God is normally bombarded. Note that it takes the accumulated prayermentum of the entire Eurasian landmass simply to cross the Atlantic, but America — the Godliest place on Earth — generates sufficient prayer energy to carry the signal across the Pacific.

    It should be noted that the wave propagation of prayer is another technological marvel we owe to the Islamic World — they’ve been using a similar technique for centuries. However, there are some important differences: Muslims eschew imprecatory prayers, so it’s primararily for show. They haven’t harnessed the awesome power of prayer. Also, by focusing their prayers on Mecca, a large amount of prayer energy is lost underground in the Middle East, where it is converted to petroleum reserves or burned off in the form of political violence.

  24. J-Dog says

    HP – You ignorant Heretic! No, you have it all wrong! The Proper Prayer Wave, will go from west to east, NOT east to west! That way the prayermentum will mysticaly align with George W. Bush, Pat Roberson, Jerry Falwell and all the other “right-thinking” members of Gods Own Party.

    BTW, if you do not recant your blasphemy, be prepared to have the Prayermentum wash you away with another God-Powered Tidal Wave.

  25. Apikoros says

    HP, you’ve opened my eyes! I’ve always wondered why Muslims face Mecca (or, in space, the angels circling in orbit above it) while praying.

    But since Christians pray in any old direction, or in a ring around the dinner table, doesn’t most of the praying cancel itself out due to destructive interference?

  26. G. Tingey says

    I would echo Steve Watson, go over to “Living in Grace”, and get your blasphemy in firts – I did ….

  27. HP says

    Apikoros, only Muslim prayers are unidirectional, because they prostrate themselves in order to take advantage of ground-level effects. Christian prayers are directed primarily upward in a cardioid pattern through the judicious use of hand placement. Prayer waves are propagated primarily through the ionosphere.

    Here’s a fun fact: You may have noticed that Indian Standard Time is at GMT+5:30 — a half-hour displacement. This was established when it was discovered that Hindu interference caused a 50% decrease in prayer-wave amplitude over the subcontinent.

  28. abeja says

    I don’t understand the concept of having masses of people all praying at the same time. I for one can’t stand it when even two people try to talk to me at the same time. When my kids do that, I have to tell them, “One at a time please!” They should have all the godders sign up for one minute time slots in which they can pray. Otherwise, they’ll just be one big screaming mob and their non-existent deity won’t be able to make out what they’re saying. Even if they’re all supposed to say the same prayer, I just don’t see them getting perfectly in synch with each other.

    Of course, they might end up doing a “row row row your boat” kind of thing, where one group starts out, and the next group joins in, then the next group, and so on. That would be kinda nice.

    group one: Dear god we pray, dear god we pay. Drive all the satanists away. We ask….

    group two: Dear god we pr…..

    director: Group two, you came in too late!

    group two: No, we came in when you told us to!

    director: Now we’ve gotta start ALL OVER AGAIN!

  29. Will E. says

    Kristine wrote:
    –And maybe this is a way to hook up with other Christian guys/gals. (I had to attend those Christian youth conventions and I know what goes on. Believe me.)–

    Oh, too true. When I was involved in Xian groups as a young teen, hooking up was *definitely* on the agenda. It was the main agenda. Wait, was there any other agenda? I forget now.

  30. Martin Christensen says

    If only Sisyphus had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal saviour, he could have prayed that effin’ boulder up the mountain in no time, and it would have stayed there!

    Martin

  31. redbeardjim says

    Oh, too true. When I was involved in Xian groups as a young teen, hooking up was *definitely* on the agenda. It was the main agenda. Wait, was there any other agenda? I forget now.

    Or when the D.A.R.E. folks had get-togethers at the local college during the summer, most of them spent their free time getting drunk.

  32. Graculus says

    BowerBird

    I’m beginning to wonder about our network admin being a loony.

    I suspect that your admin is just lazy, and uses “off-the-shelf” filtering. At least some of the filters are heavily entangled with conservative Xians. All of them suck sewage from the bottom of the tank for blocking sites for no apparent reason. Visit peacefire.org for some hilarious details (of course, Peacefire is blocked by all self-respecting filters….)

  33. says

    The only way to stop this horrible plan of attack is to confuse them! The next people to make a blasphemy video need to be more subtle about it. Say something like:

    “I deny that I deny that I deny that I deny the denial of the holy spirit.”

    Their brains will all consecutively explode before they can figure out that you are indeed denying the holy spirit.

  34. MikeM says

    Dangit, now the living-in-grace blogspot is gone.

    Just when I was looking for entertainment.

    My hope for the world is that people start being more rational. Not getting lost in the foggy, boggy swamp of superstitious beliefs would be a great place to start.

    By the way, totally off-topic, but did anyone else hear about the ideas behind GM’s new concept car, the Volt? What a great idea! Now THAT is rational thinking. If they could combine this idea with time-of-day based electric meters on homes, we could DRASTICALLY reduce our energy consumption.

    And I bet no one even prayed for the Volt. Go figure.

  35. Michael says

    Well apparently you all caused the prayer waves to implode on themselves with all your negative satanist energy because now the site doesn’t show up. But I did get te Battle Cry link. It also talked about Teen Mania which is another conservative christian teen movement, I even used to go to them when I was a teenager. Looking back on it I remember when there was one video presentation where a guy asked “random” teens on the street what they thought about jesus and one punk rocker kid (with a mohawk no less) said he was “an overglorified deadman on a stick.” The place eruped in anger with teens shouting at the video screen. Looking back on that I’m given cause to laugh and at the same time, worry.

  36. abeja says

    Sorry all, I may be part of the reason that the Living in grace blog isn’t available anymore. I posted a very blasphemous comment, and then I pointed out to the blogger that since she had provided the venue for me to air my anti-religious views, she was an accomplice in my so-called “crime”, and her non-existent god would hate her and send her to hell for letting me say such nasty things about him on her blog. About 20 minutes later, the blog was gone.

    Of course, I may just be a victim of thinking that correlation=causation, (something I usually try to avoid). After all, mine wasn’t the only blasphemous comment there.

    Damn, that blog was good entertainment too!

  37. says

    It is possible, just possible, that the woman who operated the blog never expected when she woke up this morning to read such a deluge of blasphemy, and shut down her blog with hurt feelings.

  38. says

    The blogger has gone though:

    Removal of a kidney
    6+ mis-carriages
    2 c-sections
    Hysterectomy
    Kidney Failure and Dialysis

    I feel bad for her, I admire her optimism and her determination to get better, but I don’t understand what she gets out of believing in God. Good things happen, bad things happen and, for her, it’s all part of God’s plan. Without God, the good and bad things would still happen. Nothing would change. So get rid of him. He’s excess baggage.

    What she gets out of it is the belief – the assurance and reassurance – that it’s all for some point, that her sufferings will earn her something wonderful sometime somewhere. It’s not excess baggage, it’s a promise that all the crap means a fabulous pony – after she’s dead. A lot of people need that.

    I like this quote from Brookmyre’s Not the End of the World:

    When it was playing-for-keeps time, when life was drawing a line in the sand, he suddenly knew which side he stood. It was cold, dark and scary that side of the line, and there was nobody there to help you, but once you’re there you can’t return. Once you’ve seen behind the backdrop, you can’t walk out front again and believe that what’s painted on it is real. The world this side of the line is indeed a more foreboding place, but even though you have to tread with more caution, you walk with more dignity.

    Most people don’t want to go backstage. They want the illusion – so much they refuse to hear you when you point out how much bigger the world is than the stage…

  39. MorpheusPA says

    So I gather that her faith, such as it is, was not strong enough to withstand one wee (written) set of disagreements? How sad. Poor little hurt feelings. Perhaps she should grow a backbone instead of leaning on her Sky Fairy.

    Alternately, she was afraid we were going to show up and burn a cross…er, ah…what do athiests and agnostics burn on your lawn when they’re unhappy with you and has this ever happened ANYWHERE?

    I tend to find that a long-suffering look is sufficient without the need to resort to combusting things, but perhaps others have better ideas?

    Morph

  40. Phoenician in a time of Romans says

    Don’t laugh, you reality-based heathens (or pagans). Just remember that in 1985 the new-agers joined together in the “harmonic convergence” and just 4 years later the USSR disappeared. How do you explain that? :)

    And look at how Morrison managed to save “The Invisibles”. Perhaps mass prayer will work, although Morrison’s way is more fun…

  41. llewelly says

    I don’t understand the concept of having masses of people all praying at the same time. I for one can’t stand it when even two people try to talk to me at the same time.

    Why do you think there’s no evidence of God intervening in human affairs? Millennia of mass prayers have driven God into a state of irreversible catatonia.

  42. spin sycle says

    what if there’s a bunch of satanists praying just as hard against them?

    prayer combustion?

  43. Rey Fox says

    Made me think of the bumper sticker I saw once: “I’m Pro-Life and I Pray”. Naturally, my reaction was, “Well I kill babies and my prayer cancels yours out!”

  44. says

    The blog still exists; it’s just that one post which is gone.
    ….and comment moderation has been enabled ;-).

    I feel a bit sorry for her — medically she’s been through a lot, and no doubt her faith gives her comfort and strength. Staying sane and happy in adversity is no small thing, and it would be inhumane of me to mock whatever psychological games people have to play with themselves to maintain it — as long as they realize that it is their form of self-therapy. But when they start insisting that I must practice the same thing, or submit to laws that in some way emerge from the same system of make-believe, then I think they lose the right to expect that kind of forbearance from me.

  45. squeaky says

    Blake Stacey writes,

    “It is possible, just possible, that the woman who operated the blog never expected when she woke up this morning to read such a deluge of blasphemy, and shut down her blog with hurt feelings.”

    Absolutely right, Blake. I read some of the comments posted to her blog before she took that post down. I have to wonder why many of the people who posted there care so much about her blog. What does it hurt you if people pray to a God you don’t believe exists? Let it go. Who cares?
    And why you felt the need to be school yard bullies about it on her blog is beyond me. All you did was reinforce the stereotype that Christians have about you. If you are going to be bullies, fine. Be bullies. But next time you complain that Christians stereotype you as mean, think of that woman’s experience with atheists. Maybe that’s her only experience with atheists. What kind of people does she think atheists are?

  46. Observer says

    Ditto what Squeaky said via Blake Stacey’s comment. I didn’t get a chance to read the comments before it was shut down, but reading her blog and seeing what people admitted to writing on it, I have to ask, “What was your point?” Maybe it’s not my style to go around posting on religious people’s blogs (I argue with people I know or who want to argue)but even if I did, I wouldn’t tell her her “non-existent god is going to send to her hell…” There are people with feelings behind these blogs, and she seems to be going through a hard time, no less. Perhaps before assaulting a blog with comments, some consideration should be made; is this how atheists want to be perceived? If not, keep the joking here, at the very least. Now, people like Fred Phelps, Jerry Falwell, et al. – I consider them fair game.

  47. says

    Made me think of the bumper sticker I saw once: “I’m Pro-Life and I Pray”. Naturally, my reaction was, “Well I kill babies and my prayer cancels yours out!”

    I’ve got a better one. “I’m a baby and I cry, pee, poop, drool, cough at 2 AM–and that’s before the coming rebellion.”

  48. says

    I’m going to disagree with the people who deplore the comments on her site. She opened up her position to public discussion, and that means differing opinions will be expressed. She should give the axe to disruptive or purely abusive comments, sure, but claiming that she has been unfairly oppressed is too much.

    I get creationists popping up here and in my email all the time — are they “bullies”, too? Is it OK for the religious to pester scientists and atheists on their blogs because, after all, they don’t have feelings and never go through hard times? There is a real double standard in place, an unwarranted special pleading for religion.

    I have ZERO sympathy for that woman’s feelings about religion. If she wants to sit home quietly and pray, I won’t disturb her. When she goes public and uses her religion as an excuse to complain about other people’s beliefs, she has to expect others to do likewise about her.

  49. MorpheusPA says

    Observer Done Said:

    I wouldn’t tell her her “non-existent god is going to send to her hell…” There are people with feelings behind these blogs,

    Agreed. There are also people with feelings behind those YouTube videos, but she did disagree with them. She disagreed enough to ask her god to yank their little chains back into line.

    That is unbelievably insulting. I don’t perceive that it requires too much beyond an insult in return. She’s certainly unable to listen to reasonable argument and I doubt that she was shocked enough to reconsider her position. She might have been, however.

    Much as PZ The Wise said above, if you can’t stand the heat, don’t blog. A meme is a terrible thing to waste.

    Tolerance is grand. My tolerance ceases the instant you step on my toes, however.

    Morph

  50. Squeaky says

    PZ, I sincerely apologize for every nasty thing any Christian has ever said to you. I don’t blame you for being miffed that Christians constantly e-mail you about creationism or whatever. You ask “are they bullies, too?” Some, yes. It is one thing to respectfully present your opinion, but many of the messages I read on that women’s site were unecessarily degrading and rude. If that’s the kind of e-mails you get from Christians, then yes, that is bullying, too. I abhor that behavior no matter who it comes from, and I’m surprised and disappointed that you don’t as well.

    If you want people to think that atheists are not the mean-spirited people that many Christians stereotype them as, then don’t act like a mean-spirited person. And if you don’t want to do that, fine. That’s your choice. But quit complaining about how mischaracterized atheists are if you are not willing to show people how wrong they are.

    That women’s blog may be public and up for the whole world to see and use. The library is public and open for the whole world to see and use, too. But if someone scribbled grafitti on the building, very few people would consider that enlightened behavior.

  51. squeaky says

    Morph,

    If someone steps on your toe, turn to him the other toe.

    I’m beginning to see that with the internet comes the loss of civility. This is a very sad development in human history. And we wonder why we can’t stop war and injustice. We can’t even be respectful to perfect strangers.

  52. MorpheusPA says

    Squeaky Squeaked:

    If someone steps on your toe, turn to him the other toe.

    …so he can step on that as well. I could manage this if people were able to practice as they preach. Universally they are not. Myself included.

    As truisms go, that old saw is pretty dull. Throughout history, I see few examples of toes or cheeks being turned unless the person in question was simply moving to pick up a weapon.

    I’m beginning to see that with the internet comes the loss of civility. This is a very sad development in human history.

    Civility hasn’t existed in a very long time, if ever, in most times and places. Something like Courtly Love, it’s a nice idea but nobody ever followed it all that well.

    And we wonder why we can’t stop war and injustice.

    Hmm. World War I–trumped up charge plus the Kaiser, a bit of a nutcase. World War II–charismatic nutcase. Iraq–Fundie nutcase, plus the first of the resource wars.

    It seems to relate more to megalomania, ideology, and resources than civility.

    We can’t even be respectful to perfect strangers.

    We used to call that tribalism.

    I can be perfectly respectful to perfect strangers (PZ, for example, should we ever cross paths might consider me prostrating myself on the ground and begging for a few words of Biology to take home and ponder a bit much…but that wouldn’t be disrespectful. Weird and a little creepy, but not disrespecful. And PZ might like to have groupies, I can’t say).

    Respect for somebody who hides her opinion behind, “See, the Sky Fairy said it!” and enjoins into the useless timewaster of prayer hoping for…what, exactly? Nope, I can’t respect that.

    At best she’s asking for a complete technical failure to get rid of all those people’s videos–which they had every right to make. At worst, she’s asking for a personality rewrite for all those people and that’s akin to mental eugenics. Not to mention brainwashing.

    This doesn’t require much consideration as the people in question haven’t been shown any. Civility is a two-way street, which is why it fails so very often.

    Morph

  53. Observer says

    PZ said:

    She should give the axe to disruptive or purely abusive comments, sure, but claiming that she has been unfairly oppressed is too much.

    I have ZERO sympathy for that woman’s feelings about religion. If she wants to sit home quietly and pray, I won’t disturb her. When she goes public and uses her religion as an excuse to complain about other people’s beliefs, she has to expect others to do likewise about her.

    I don’t think anyone said that she was “unfairly oppressed.” And sure, people have the right to respond and ought to, but the unnecessarily rude and degrading comments, which Squeaky and Blake spoke of, just make whoever made them look like stupid high school bullies. That’s all. I feel the same way about a lot of comments on Daily KOS – I’m cringe at some of my fellow liberals’ comments.

  54. says

    Satan is not a Scientist. But, per the descriptions in the literature, he has a tremendous database of pragmatic Psychology. Although not a Mathematician, he seems interested in the number 666. Although not a Chemist, he seems interested in the element Sulfur. Satan is not a Scientist, but he does remind me of some Department Chairmen and Deans I have suffered under.

  55. says

    Some of the comments over there went, well, beyond my comfort level into deliberate crudity which IMO is immature, and in any case irrelevant to the central point about the existence of God, and the right to deny such. But only some.

    Re Squeaky’s comment about grafitti on the library: not applicable. Grafitti on the walls is vandalism, whereas an open comment space on a blog is explicitly intended for public reaction. Moderation is legitimate, as is toasting certain comments or posters — but no one is entitled to an a priori immunity to negative feedback on a controversial subject. Not PZ, not me, not you – and not the LiG blogger.

    She wanted to prevent people from saying insulting things about her religion (albeit For Their Own Good, of course). To my mind, the only difference between that and an imam with a fatwa is that her method can do direct harm.

  56. squeaky says

    Morpheus Morphed:

    “…so he can step on that as well. I could manage this if people were able to practice as they preach. Universally they are not. Myself included.”

    ‘Tis a good point, to be sure. However, to say that we should abandon doing good because no one else will do good is very defeatist. What if we assumed doing good would bring out good in others? Seems to me that we have some good examples of this in history–non-violence was at the heart of MLK and Ghandi’s movements, and they seemed to actually succeed. By persisting in non-violence, they showed the violent offenders for the brutes they are. Treat others the way you wish to be treated whether they deserve it or not (unless, of course, you are a masochist).

    As for the person at Living in Grace:

    “At best she’s asking for a complete technical failure to get rid of all those people’s videos–which they had every right to make. At worst, she’s asking for a personality rewrite for all those people and that’s akin to mental eugenics. Not to mention brainwashing.”

    It may be a public blog, but you have to realize who she directed those comments to. To other Christians, not to atheists. It wasn’t her intent to offend you or anyone who disagrees with her.

    And if you find her attitude threatening, I would have to ask why. If she really is asking God for “a complete technical failure to get rid of all those people’s videos”, or asking “for a personality rewrite” why does that worry you? She may very well be praying for those things, but if you don’t believe in God, what does it matter what she asks of him, if you truly don’t believe he exists to answer her?

    Asking people to pray is completely different from asking people to send viruses through their computers or to kidnap those who made the videos. That is a threat, but that wasn’t what she was asking.

    I don’t remember everything that she said, but I don’t recall her using abusive language in her post. And if she did, then she is no better than a bully, either. There is a difference between expressing your opinion and insulting someone. Some responses showed respectful disagreement, while others were blatant and unecessary insults. The former responses showed very well that we humans are capable of expressing disagreement without insulting the person we disagree with. The former responses are responses that encourage open dialogue. The latter responses shut down dialogue.

  57. stogoe says

    Squeaky comes back with the tired old ‘what did us poor ickle christians ever do to the uppity, shrill atheist? [/pout]’, and the ‘well, I’ll pray for you’ crap.

    As for Observer’s concern-trolling ‘well, those Dailykossacks are just shrill lefties’ bs, I’ll just be nice and respond with a “Jail the Deciderer in Chief for war crimes” for good measure.

  58. stogoe says

    I might add, as well, to MorpheusPA, that the universal failure of adherence to ‘preached practices’ was a pivotal recognition in my young deconversion.

  59. David Marjanović says

    They should have all the godders sign up for one minute time slots in which they can pray. Otherwise, they’ll just be one big screaming mob and their non-existent deity won’t be able to make out what they’re saying.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk. That’s omnipotence for you.

  60. David Marjanović says

    They should have all the godders sign up for one minute time slots in which they can pray. Otherwise, they’ll just be one big screaming mob and their non-existent deity won’t be able to make out what they’re saying.

    Tsk, tsk, tsk. That’s omnipotence for you.

  61. David Marjanović says

    I don’t blame you for being miffed that Christians constantly e-mail you about creationism or whatever. […] If that’s the kind of e-mails you get from Christians, then yes, that is bullying, too.

    Squeaky, why do you equate “Christian” with “cre_ti_nist” and “Religious Wrong”? That’s quite an insult to, for example, hundreds of millions of Europeans.

  62. David Marjanović says

    I don’t blame you for being miffed that Christians constantly e-mail you about creationism or whatever. […] If that’s the kind of e-mails you get from Christians, then yes, that is bullying, too.

    Squeaky, why do you equate “Christian” with “cre_ti_nist” and “Religious Wrong”? That’s quite an insult to, for example, hundreds of millions of Europeans.

  63. Observer says

    Stogoe said:

    As for Observer’s concern-trolling ‘well, those Dailykossacks are just shrill lefties’ bs, I’ll just be nice and respond with a “Jail the Deciderer in Chief for war crimes” for good measure.

    Concern trolling? WTH? I don’t think you read very carefully, Stogoe. A pity. Try again.

    And btw, my friend is a DailyKOS/YearlyKOS organizer and he knows my thoughts on DK. There are people who make great comments, and then some who sound like high schoolers (the commenters) no different than annoying right-wingers. Unfortunately, there’s too much muck to wade through.

  64. Squeaky says

    Stogoe: “Squeaky comes back with the tired old ‘what did us poor ickle christians ever do to the uppity, shrill atheist? [/pout]’, and the ‘well, I’ll pray for you’ crap.”

    I reread my post, and nowhere do I say those words or even imply that attitude. I don’t understand why any call for reasoned and respectful dialogue on this blog gets shot down. It may be that I have been wrongly assuming atheism=humanism. Philosophical blunder. My bad.

  65. squeaky says

    David Marganovic,

    “Squeaky, why do you equate “Christian” with “cre_ti_nist” and “Religious Wrong”? That’s quite an insult to, for example, hundreds of millions of Europeans.”

    Of course, you are correct. It is false that all creationists are Christians, and it is false that all Christians are creationists. I mis-wrote.

  66. Stogoe says

    Observer: I just saw what seemed to be you tut tutting about the loud left – particularly that you cringe at what the kossacks say. I read it quickly, so it seemed to be just another compulsive centrist complaining about the dirty fucking internet hippies.

    Squeaky: I’m sorry I’m not deferential enough to the ‘massah religionists’ for your tastes. Forgive me if I’m reticent to give to the hatebags the courtesy they’ve never given me.

    As for atheism=humanism, you’re right, they’re not equal. I try hard to be a humanist, personally, but you might want to ask Caledonian about his views. He thinks we’re meat. Delicious talking meat. But that’s him (or rather, my lame attempt at reproducing his views).

  67. MorpheusPA says

    Stogoe Wisely Said:

    Squeaky comes back with the tired old ‘what did us poor ickle christians ever do to the uppity, shrill atheist? [/pout]’, and the ‘well, I’ll pray for you’ crap.

    Quite. Now that the true colors are radiantly obvious, I need not answer. I never cared for seeing red or green with envy anyway.

    I might add, as well, to MorpheusPA, that the universal failure of adherence to ‘preached practices’ was a pivotal recognition in my young deconversion.

    Very much mine too. Hypocrisy gets my proverbial goat. By twelve I was definitely a non-organized-religion believer and flipped into Seeker mode. Secular Humanism filled the gap very well.

    As for atheism=humanism, you’re right, they’re not equal. I try hard to be a humanist, personally, but you might want to ask Caledonian about his views. He thinks we’re meat. Delicious talking meat.

    Not in the slightest but perhaps she’s making the mistake of thinking that one either leads to or requires the other? And we are delicious talking meat, I’m sure. Within limits. Although basically a pacifist, a direct threat of harm means that physical retaliation is allowable.

    I’d make a bad Quaker or Mennonite. Not that I care, although we have plenty of Mennonites and Quakers ’round these parts. Nice people. Too passive for my taste.

    Morphine…er, Morpheus

  68. squeaky says

    Morpher:

    “Quite. Now that the true colors are radiantly obvious, I need not answer. I never cared for seeing red or green with envy anyway.”

    Please explain what about me you have assumed. I don’t see how a call for respectful dialogue should lead you to the hurried conclusion that Stogoe reached.

    I think the reason I have thought atheism=humanism was that the first person I ever knew pretty well who was an atheist was also a humanist. Actually, he was an agnostic, so I suppose I made a double error–atheism doesn’t equal agnosticism. Nor does agnosticism=humanism…

    If we are to take Jesus’ comments to turn the other cheek literally, one could argue that Jesus was a humanist….an interesting thesis, since my humanist friend was often dismissed by other Christians around me (not me, by the way) as being a (sneering voice) humanist.

  69. MorpheusPA says

    The Squeakster Wrote:

    Please explain what about me you have assumed. I don’t see how a call for respectful dialogue should lead you to the hurried conclusion that Stogoe reached.

    Unnecessary; the red is getting stronger already. cf. above, the call for respectful dialog weighed ‘gainst the fact that the response was to dialog that was not respectful. Discussion already complete barring new points.

    Lord M “Proud To Be The 13th Letter of the Alphabet”

  70. Squeaky says

    What dialog? The woman at Living in Grace’s post? I don’t really see what was disrespectful–too bad we can’t go back and look at it. What I consider disrespectful is abusive language, and I don’t remember any of that coming from her end.

    What is it you think I’m defending? I’m not defending her position, other than she has the right to say what she wants on her blog (probably never expecting atheists would ever even venture into her little corner of Net space.) All I said was that the rude, abusive comments on her blog were entirely unwarranted and unecessary. Do people have the right to write what they want on her blog? Sure they do. But sometimes it comes down to treating people with DECENCY. The same decency you would want people to treat you with. And I would make the same exact point if I saw a Christian treating an atheist in the way this woman was treated.

    Read her blog. Here’s a woman who has clearly gone through a lot. Clearly she’s a pretty gentle person. And then she gets treated that way by bullish, unthinking individuals who value being right more than they value the dignity of others. As a popular bumper sticker puts it “Mean People Suck.” And I don’t care if that mean person is an atheist, Christian, Muslim, or whatever. No one who claims to be a nice person should ever treat another person in that way, nor should they stand by while others treat a person that way and do or say nothing.

    So she offended you with her comments. Did it occur to you to explain to her why her stance is offensive to you? Or did you just write her off–oh, she won’t understand anyway, so I might as well tell her that her father was a hamster and her mother smelled of elderberries.

    It strikes me that people on both sides of this issue would rather point fingers and say “they started it” than they would open up their minds and listen to the perspectives from others. You sell yourself and others way too short when you take that route. Maybe that agnostic humanist friend of mine instilled too much of that nasty humanistic hope in humanity into me. Good for him, and me.

  71. Steve Watson says

    I mistyped: …her method can do direct harm.
    Damn. Make that: “…can do no direct harm”.

  72. MorpheusPA says

    Squeaky repititititiously said:

    Or did you just write her off–oh, she won’t understand anyway, so I might as well tell her that her father was a hamster and her mother smelled of elderberries

    Redder again. I confess to idle curiously as to how long you’re going to continue to repeat the same point, exactly…or is it that you feel the need for the Last Word? If so, reply identically one more time and I’ll allow you the honor of it.

    M

  73. squeaky says

    I suppose I am repetitititive because you don’t bother to address my point. So I’ll try this approach and ask some specific questions:

    What did the woman say that truly warranted the abusive response she got?

    If I understand you, her world view offends you. If this is correct, I then ask:

    Is it possible to express disagreement with another person without resorting to abusive language?

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