Posted by: L. E. Barnes | March 30, 2011

How to Celebrate Atheist Pride Week

Fellow Catholic blogger The Curt Jester (real name: Jeff Miller–and a former atheist, by the way) has posted some wonderful ideas for those of the unbelieving persuasion to kick off Atheist Pride Week. I’ll pass them along for your edification:

1. First off while NOVA would be perfectly respectful for Atheist Pride week, I would place instead another show. “Cosmos” with one of atheists favorite atheists Carl Sagan. Though Carl Sagan didn’t like the term atheist and called himself more of an agnostic. Regardless atheists would canonize him just for his phrase “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” which has so often been used by atheists.

2. Replay the following Steve Martin video each day of Atheist Pride Week. “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs”


Now while I am a fan of Steve Martin and think his Twitter feed consistently funny I would object to the contention “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs”. What about the Atheist Anthem written by John Lennon “Imagine.” Really this should be sung before all atheist events with you hand over your forehead (brain instead of heart). Plus there are a plethora of nihilist songs riding the air waves.

3. Go to a famous art museum and explore the beauty of paintings of Grand Masters and statues created by atheists. Oh wait – they were pretty much all believers. Well instead go to a museum of Modern Art almost totally devoid of beauty.

4. Have an Atheist Pride Parade. You don’t have to organize one, just let millions of years pass and one will evolve.

5. Join an atheist book club and read Christopher Hitchens “God is not great” and discuss how religion poisons everything while wearing Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot t-shirts.

6. Petition your local city council to be able to have a primordial swamp placed next to the Christmas Nativity scenes and Menorahs in the city park.

7. Have a Flying Spaghetti Monster Dinner Fundraiser for local atheist groups. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is such an excellent idea as an argument and have converted thousands of Christians to atheism. Well maybe only a thousand Christians, or perhaps a hundred, or maybe a couple though this was a well though out argument. Mockery always works to convince people.

8. Argue with believers about why there is no such thing as free will in a materially deterministic world. Because getting people to change their will and accept that there is no free will involves no contradictions whatsoever.

9. Go door to door in your neighborhood convincing others to become atheists. After all the joy that when you die that’s it and that good and evil are only society changing terms should get them to repent of belief in ultimate truth. Plus religion is an opiate that must be stopped, oh and afterwards you can get back to your drug legalization campaign.

10. Let people know that atheists can be good people. Just because we can’t define what good is and that again it is relativistic and defined by societal mores and getting along. Atheist can be good people even if atheist have to rely on a Christian’s definition of good.

11. Troll a Catholic blog because angry atheists full of venom always works in persuading Catholic bloggers about the truth of atheism. For myself I find getting cussed out by an atheist wants me to immediately reject the idea of a loving God.

I was an “angry agnostic” for several years, holding belief in God in contempt and thinking that I could never possibly be a Christian again. Fortunately, I am–by God’s grace!–past that awful stage of my life and in the arms of the Church. While Curt Jester’s list may come across as just an attempt at being goofy, these ideas pretty well hit the nail on the head. Numbers 5, 9 and 10 express sentiments that proved pivotal in my own decision to abandon agnosticism and return to the Christian fold.

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Responses

  1. “Though Carl Sagan didn’t like the term atheist and called himself more of an agnostic.”

    People can call themselves Napoleon if they want to; the question is, did Sagan live the life of a theist, or an atheist, or something in between?

    • Good question. I gather that he fit the atheist mold, for the most part, though I could be wrong. In his novel “Contact,” his characters meet extraterrestrials but are treated with the same skepticism that people with religious claims often receive. So perhaps he in fact took an agnostic position. Something I’d have to look into…

  2. Interesting list. Thanks for sharing that. Someone once told me that atheists actually prove the existence of God because of their own “religion.” 9 and 10 certainly prove that point. I feel sorry for them, really, and pray that their hearts are changed by the good God they don’t believe in.
    I am glad you have found Jesus again. You have a lot to share with those who are lost right now.
    Thanks.

    • Yes, they’ll expend much time and effort fighting something they say doesn’t even exist. And if it’s true that our lives are meaningless anyway, what does it matter if people choose to espouse the comforts of religion rather than follow the emptiness of atheism? In a way I can understand how people can get caught up in the atheist/skeptic mindset, since I went that way for a while, but I realize the folly of it now. I pray that I can be an effective witness. As always, thanks for commenting! 🙂

  3. I dunno…people who are “reformed” atheists smack of a certain cowardice and dishonesty. Did they get scared back to the truth? Were they too weak to live without wishful thinking? Do they just play to whatever crowd they’re around and lack any sense of personal identity and integrity? I don’t think they can be trusted by Christians or atheists. This guy sounds like he never really got it anyhow, so he’s better off with folks who explain everything to him.
    Clearly I don’t agree with most of this, but I have no problem with someone having a laugh at my expense. So long as you all don’t go out and get torches and pitchforks, and try to round us up and burn us at the stake.
    As far as 5, 9, and 10:
    5: It’s true–atheists are the only ones who live their values inconsistently. Christians never do this.
    9. Truth isn’t about wishful thinking. Someone who tells you things that are most likely not true just to pacify you is not really your friend. It’s actually a form of condescension. And see my response to #5 for the non sequitur.
    10. Good existed before Christianity. In fact, Christianity just mashes up Aristotle, Plato, stoicism, and Judaism–not much original about it until you get to the Reformation. Nearly all (if not all) of these had some concept of good.

    Not mad at ya, buddy, just trying to balance this out. Christians and atheists can co-exist. I don’t want you to be an atheist. I like you as you are. And I don’t criticize Christianity until I get targeted. Diversity is a virtue! We don’t need to all be the same, thinking the same way. We just need to try to be nice to each other at best, and not to be jerks to each other, at worst.

    • I’ve found that people who abandon atheism/agnosticism and turn either to Christianity or another faith do so because because they’ve honestly come to the conclusion that the faith they’ve embraced is right–and often it comes after a long process of study and reflection. Frankly, I can’t fathom why skeptics so often assume that people follow a religious faith out of stupidity, ignorance, fear, or some other silly, shallow reason.

      But we’ll probably have to agree to disagree on these matters. Take care! 🙂

  4. […] H/T Evan’s Cove […]

  5. Thanks Evan.

    “Because the blind cannot see it, it does not follow that the sun does not shine.”St. Theophilus


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