Atheist ‘Demotivational Posters’

You’ve no doubt seen such ‘demotivational posters’ covering a variety of topics on the internetz.  Here are a few of my favorites covering the topic of non-theism.  Some are hilarious, others thought-provoking.  Enjoy, kids.

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*Bonus – spot the non-atheism/religion image, just thrown in for pure hilarity!

Pushing Religious Buttons

…however unintentionally

I posted on Facebook (via GetGlue.com) that I was currently reading Bart Ehrman’s ‘God’s Problem’ to which a friend commented “dislike.”  Amost immediately, mind you.  I wondered if he responded this way out of distaste for the title.  To my knowledge, he’s not an unbeliever, but he’s never shown himself to be overtly faithful, either.  And I seriously doubt he’d even had time to remotely explore what the book is about.  It’s a somewhat provactive title, but could just as easily been written by a theologian in defense of Christianity, etc.

My subsequent thinking on the matter led me here.  The funny part about it is this: the person who left the comment happens to be of two different societal groups to which much derision and intolerance has been heaped.  I find it most puzzling, if fascinating, how even the oppressed can oppress others with impunity.

I have respect for this individual, so I didn’t really pursue the matter much.  I see scores of religious posts on Facebook – ranging from “please pray for…” requests for people going through difficulties, to overt messages such as the oft-posted “Will you repost this and stand up for Jesus, or be afraid and just delete it?” And yet, I say nothing.  I generally hold a certain level of respect for these people; otherwise I wouldn’t have them on my friends list.  And while I’m all for healthy debate, it is rare that I find someone who would actually wish to intelligently debate such topics, rather than simply emotionally browbeat in defense of their position.

Also, be sure to check out this interesting new article from Sam Harris.

Exposing Myself to Strangers On the Bus

Sorry for the overtly provocative title – I couldn’t help myself.  😉 It’s honestly the first thing that came to mind earlier this week on the last stretch of my morning commute.

In addition to the briefcase containing my work laptop, etc., I carry an extra canvas tote with a couple of books, magazines and periodicals, etc.  I have a decent-length commute, so I like to have ample reading material on hand.  Well, I just happen to have been carrying a couple of print copies of The Atheist Voice, the newsletter published by the Metroplex Atheists.

Just enough of the newsletter was sticking up in the bag for the title to be clearly visible.  Little did I know, I had a copy wedged into opposite sides of the bag’s interior, so the same was true no matter which way the bag was turned.  I was busy reading a newspaper (disclosure: it was a copy of Freethought Today, published by FFRF).  I happened to notice the exposed newsletter, and while I hadn’t deliberately placed the papers that way, I suspected a couple of held glances at my bag.  I let my eyes skip up from my reading, just to try and catch someone looking, and watch for their reaction, if there was any.

Well, not quite.  I’m not even 100% sure anyone really noticed it, but I had the very distinct feeling a man did, then later a woman (who also works in my office, it turns out) did.  There really was no discernible reaction, but it felt like an odd little rush.  It reminded me of when I used to ride the train or bus and read my copy of ‘The Lucifer Principle‘ by Howard K. Bloom.  It actually has nothing to do with the “Lucifer” of Christian mythology, but I always chuckled a bit on the inside wondering if the other commuters were intrigued, scandalized, or otherwise.  What can I say, I guess I enjoy a wee bit of high dudgeon – given or received – from time to time.

I have no shame in my position or loss of faith.  (Tangent alert!) It doesn’t feel quite right to even say ‘loss of faith’ since I never really had much to begin with.  But, I digress.  I have no shame about what I feel and believe (and thus, don’t believe), but I’m still getting past the stigma the word ‘atheist’ has attached to it  (see my “Coming Out” post).

This oh-so-mild form of exposure to outsiders and strangers felt a tad bit taboo, forbidden, and yet… exhilarating, and right.  It felt good to let go of some societal baggage, and to let others know that we’re out here.  I wondered what the woman who works in my office thought.  I don’t really know her, but we share a walk from the bus into the office each morning in the pre-dawn dark, and we’ve made the usual forced small talk.  I wondered if she might think I’m a nice guy, and what (if anything) this new revelation might do to that impression, if it exists at all.

Since then, I’ve been somewhat shocked and pleasantly surprised to find out several friends and acquaintances are non-believers of some ilk.  My, my, we are indeed out here, aren’t we?

Click to visit ‘The Out Campaign’

Current Reads

Sorry, kiddos, but I’m taking a day off from the ‘30 Days of Truth‘ challenge.  I didn’t sleep too well last night, thanks to the wife and the dog, and I’m amazingly tired at the moment.  If I wake up to a substantial degree at all during the night, it’s hard for me to fall back asleep.  My mind’s like a light switch, which is cool, but can be very annoying in times like that.  Anyway, I thought I’d post a few books that I’m reading.  Click on each picture to visit the Amazon.com page for each title.

I tend to do that.  There are other books I’ve yet to finish.  I’m sure I will at some point, but it’s hard for me to pick up a new book without starting it.  I definitely hope to finish ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘God’s Problem’ before beginning anything else. 😉  The other really isn’t the type of book one necessarily has to sit down and read cover to cover.

What are you reading?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another ‘30 Days of Truth‘ post.  Now, time for bed methinks…

Oh, one other thing…I received a packet in the mail yesterday (that I’d requested) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  You can order yours here.  It included a complimentary copy of their newspaper, Freethought Today.  The annual membership dues are $40 at the Individual level, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s well worth it for the hate mail alone!  They publish a good selection of crank mail from Gawd-fearin’ Chistyuns – spelling, grammar, and punctuation uncorrected. 😉

My favorite (responding to FFRF’s fight to stop illegal school-led prayer in Tennessee:

“You need to keep your non-believing nose out of my kid’s schools and mind your own damn business.” – Christian Mom Sick of Your Bullshit

Yes, seriously.  Religionists truly are hilarious, yet frightening, people.