Atheists Are Starting To Get On My Nerves

I wrote a piece awhile ago about some Brits that were running an atheist bus campaign. (There’s probably no God). I thought it was funny and about time someone stuck it to the religious zealots of the world. 

Today, I come across a similar story about ads promoting atheism in New York subways. By my count, this is no less than the 10th such campaign held in the U.S. over the last year. As with any good joke, after about the third time you hear it, you really don’t want to hear it anymore. Here is the New York ad.

poster

Really? This is what you are going to use to convince people that atheism is legit? If you change “without” to “with”, you have a standard poster for any large religious group around. I thought atheists were the smart ones? Surely, they could come up with something a little more clever, no? 

My main problem with this is that some atheists seem to now think that their belief is the equivalent of a religious movement. It is not. Religious folks are zealots because the Bible tells them that this is one of their core jobs. Bug the crap out of people until they cave in and convert. They can’t help themselves. This is why you have skyscraper crosses and a highway system littered with “Got Jesus” signs…it is in their collective DNA. 

Atheism is not under any obligation to enlighten the masses. In fact, if anything, it should discourage the lemming-think that is so prevalent in religion. Critical thinking is an individual process and allows each person to come to their own conclusions based on the evidence at hand. Whether that is consistent with someone else’s point of view is irrelevant. 

Here is the bottom line for all of the group thinkers of the world. I don’t care about your political, social, religious, or lifestyle choices. (As well as any other choice you can think of). I fully support your right to be whatever the hell you want to be as long as you just don’t try to convert me. Yes, I know you have a “Secret”. Keep it to yourself. 

Am I trying to stifle your point of view? Absolutely not. After all, what would I have to write about in my blog if I couldn’t mock and belittle the positions of others? Christ, I live for that stuff. I am just asking for the arm twisting and “My God’s better than your God” stuff to settle down. (Even if my God is totally better than your God). 

To this end, I am starting a new organization. It is called the “PTL Club” (PTL = Praise TannerLeah). There are no rules or membership fees. You don’t need to sign up or do anything to join. In fact, by doing absolutely nothing, you are already a member. My first and only order to you is to stop trying to convince other people why you are right and they are wrong. Now go forward, my people, and spread my seed…so to speak.

33 Responses to Atheists Are Starting To Get On My Nerves

  1. Bilroni says:

    Me and Jesus are tight. I bowl in a league with him. And let me tell you…… Noboby fucks with the Jesus!

  2. mcoville says:

    Atheism has become a religion to some. It cracks me up that by trying to debunk one religion they have successfully created another.

    Good article and you seam to be a very insightful person. I am a Christian and disagree with your views on God, but you have your opinion and I respect that. I just wished more people would be as honest about their opinions are you are.

    • tannerleah says:

      Thank you, mcoville. For me, the harder someone presses me to believe something, the more cynical I become. All sides need to not try so hard. Isn’t the whole point of Eve eating the apple to show that free will is central to God’s vision?

      Please come by anytime.

  3. I’d selfishly like to think it’s the agnostics that are truly the smart ones. I’ll tell the atheists the same thing I tell the Christians….”Prove it.” It’s just that simple for me. Prove it to me, and I’ll be first in line.

    • Sarah says:

      Ever since I was a five year-old Sunday school- going child, I have been an atheist: “But how do you know there is a god?” Faith just didn’t cut it for me. Up until a few days ago I had always described myself as a devout atheist. However, after a couple of weeks of out-of-the-blue really incredible sex, I had this epiphany: why the fuck (can I say that?) should I care enough to care whether or not there is a god? Now, in retrospect, I don’t know for sure whether or not the sex had anything to do with it, but I kind of think it had the effect of putting things in their proper perspective. (Yes! It was that good!) lol

      So I’m with you, Aces n Eights.

      (And *stooopid* ad campaign.)

      • tannerleah says:

        Sarah – You don’t believe in God. Then you have awesome sex and you still don’t believe in God. Am I missing something in this story? By the way, I hope the sex was with a human and not with one of those dumb dolphins or rabbits.

    • tannerleah says:

      Aces – agnostics are the ultimate fence sitters. Take a side dammit!

  4. Amen!!! oops maybe that isn’t appropriate here..he he

  5. nonnie9999 says:

    braise tannerleah? i’m afraid that some weird sects might spin off from that idea–boil tannerleah, roast tannerleah, broil tannerleah, poach tannerleah. 😯 this is all very frightening, as i think cooking tannerleah is not something that should be encouraged, no matter the cooking method. marinating tannerleah would be acceptable (as i believe that tannerleah does a lot of self-marinating), but not subjecting him to extremes of temperatu…..ooooh, hold on. praise tannerleah, not braise tannerleah. never mind! 😳

    • tannerleah says:

      So, after reading “braise tannerleah”, I immediately spent the next 10 minutes of my life trying to find where I wrote braise instead of praise. You owe me 10 minutes plus compensation for emotional distress.

  6. jw52tx says:

    i dont understand, i mean i knew New York didnt believe in God, after all they killed John Lennon, but you mean after we did away with mmohair down here in texas there is somebody else?

  7. elizabeth3hersh says:

    I beg to differ TL. I’m delighted to hear that a little bit of European sensibility has wafted across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s about damn time. New Yorkers finally have their own ads. All the good stuff (fashion, music, technology, progressive thinking) seems to originate on the east or west coast and migrate in. The deceptively simple message in the ad states that 1) you CAN be good without God 2) a sizable portion of the population (and growing) believes it is so and 3) introduces the concept of ‘reason.’ One would think that NYC has a disproportionately high number of the ‘secular minded.’ This would not at all surprise me as I think of New Yorkers as fairly cosmopolitan, sophisticated and savvy thinkers (the educated ones at least). A lot of visitors pass through those subways annually. Some of them will be religiously indoctrinated and inculcated youth. They need to see and digest that ad. And, oh, PTL and hellelujah.

    • tannerleah says:

      How is this type of indoctrination anymore palatable?

      • elizabeth3hersh says:

        I dunno…I remember riding the Tube a lot in London and I would be fixated on the ads when not taking in the views (that, and studying the Tube diagram). Digesting a ‘thought’ is far more palatable than a corporation trying to sell me something (although, it could be argued that BigAppleCoR.org is ‘selling’ a thought).

  8. nursemyra says:

    I’m already on my knees TL……

  9. i’m jewish…well kinda jewish…and TL don’t you start hating on the Jews…I’m the kind of Jewish person that celibrates Christmas because well its the coolest most popular holiday out there…and i don’t really celibrate Easter, but i still expect and Easter basket from my mom, because who doesn’t like a free chance for candy and eating eggs that you found of the ground in strange places, i think the Easter bunny worked hard to boil, paint and hide those eggs, the lease we could do is eat them, i mean after he did all that work he did die for our sins and such and was crucified..that was the Easter Bunny

  10. […] Leah wrote one of his tongue-in-cheek posts about one group, The Coalition for Reason, trying to promote the fact that Atheists […]

  11. Donald Mills says:

    I love the idea of religious organizations using mainstream adverstising…I just wish they’d use it to its fullest potential.

    “New and Improved Christianity – now saving 20% more souls at half the price…try it at home for 30 days with absolutely no RISK”

    If you’re going to convert me, I want something out of the deal. Get that Shamwow guy to do a commercial. No interest, no payments, no damnation for 36 months. Anything! Just add some incentive.

    • tannerleah says:

      Don’t you already get all of that with your AARP card?

      I think I will open a “Jesus Dollar Store”. The Chinese can make all kinds of Jesus stuff for under a buck.

  12. TL: you are dead-on with this. As much as I feel the atheists are more on the ball because of their reliance on intellect over faith, this reeks of ham-fisted indoctrination.

    And we really don’t need any more of that. Whatever happened to freedom of religion, which I presume means that I can choose whether or not to believe in God on a personal level, rather than on a state-aided or billboarded level.

    I can appreciate their desire to counter the steady wave of billboards advertising church and god, but as much as Americans are trained to ignore omnipresent advertising, I don’t see how this is going to do much more than raise the ire of those easily ired. (I think that’s a word.)

  13. Manson48 says:

    Agnostics are truly pathetic. To think they can trick God with their: “We never actually said you didn’t exist God, we just wanted to reserve our final judgement,just in case those damned Jews were telling more fibs only to raise the price of sacred textiles again”, routine. Silly agnostics, just because God is nothing more than a figment of the Jewish campaign to bilk the feeble minded out of their gold, and compound the interest rates they charge to store it in Israel, does not mean he’s stupid! Not even a thirteenth century omnipotent paradox could blind God’s all seeing eye of Horus to this trickery. “I dunno” is not the words God wants to hear from you on judgement day! Either convert or get off the fence for Christ’s sake. Do they think religion is just a big game, where they can make it up as they go? This is serious bullshit, just ask any Christian and you’ll hear it for yourself. God does not like it when he’s stuck between existance and nonexistance. There’s gonna be some hell to pay, so wise up agnostics! JM

    • tannerleah says:

      Manson48 – Thanks for ruining my plan. I was sure that God would fall for the “I was going to follow you but I was busy with some other stuff”. He would then rub my head and say, “Aw…get in here you little scalawag”.

      Now you are saying that maybe God is a little brighter than we think He is. Dammit. I knew Jesus was smart but I was hoping God would at least be preoccupied.

      Welcome and thanks for setting me straight.

  14. Manson48 says:

    Anytime, always happy to correct the perpetually evolving record. Tan, my man, (fucking ay I’m a poet) I am thoroughly enjoying your cantankerous diatribe. It’s truly and absolutely refreshing. I’m certain we were twin Gods, seperated at birth by the political wolf-gang. No, not those Jewish clowns in DC, I’m refering to those puppeteers of mass delusion who reside in Rome. Thanks for the laughs, better than Prozac. JM

  15. elizabeth3hersh says:

    (Death) threats relocate ‘Godless’ billboard…

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/yk4uqcn

    • tannerleah says:

      This is really no surprise. Between Dayton and Cinci, there is this massive statue of Jesus made of butter or cheese or something. It is ridiculous. You only need to make such garish displays because you are insecure in your beliefs. A sign challenging those beliefs is going to be an easy target.

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