Atheists Are Starting To Get On My Nerves

October 21, 2009

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.

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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.


“There’s Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life”

January 9, 2009

This is a new ad slogan that has been put on 800 buses in Britain thanks to the Atheist Bus Campaign. Here is the article (Thanks Doug!): http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/europe/07london.html?_r=1

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How awesome is that? (I don’t know who the old dude is. Probably just one of those stumbling around drunk Brits. You know how they are.)

It is about time that someone put out a little marketing for the atheists and agnostics of the world. How many times have you driven down the highway and read some sort of religious billboard? There are all kinds of them talking about Jesus as well as supporting various “moral” campaigns. For instance,  “Got Jesus?”. No, I don’t. And at this point, even if I had him, I might keep him locked away just to agitate his flock.

Can you imagine seeing such a sign as this on an American bus? I can’t. Why? Because within 5 minutes someone would be making a threatening call to the bus company owner explaining how they were going to picket and boycott that bus line. Even in Britain, they had to tone it down to say “There’s Probably No God”. Without the “probably” part, it was deemed too offensive.

Now I realize that Britain is much closer to a total moral collapse and will likely be the second coming of Sodom and Gonorrhea. Still, I appreciate the effort they are making to represent those who refuse to walk in lockstep with the religious community. Apparently, I am not the only one. What started as an effort to maybe raise a modest $8,000 has now raised over $200,000. Granted, the Muslims probably ponied up most of the cash but it all still counts.

I love this comment from Sandra Lafaire, who thinks the signs are “dreadful”. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t like it in my face.” You mean like the 50 foot high crosses that sit by many Interstates? You mean like the 20 tele-evangelists that hog the Sunday morning airwaves? You mean like the annoying ringing of the church bells? You mean like complete strangers knocking on your door trying to get you to “find” Jesus. (Who appears to constantly be lost. Seriously, can’t you get him a GPS tacking device or something?)

I like the sign if for no other reason than it will agitate the pompous religious types. How dare anyone question the existence of God. (Or whoever your particular religious icon is). It is good for the bible thumpers to get slapped upside their metaphorical heads now and then. It brings them back to reality…if only for a brief moment. Now excuse me while I go pray to the alter of Ben and Jerry’s.