Pat Condell has a fantastic approach. I like how he doesn't even mention "atheism". You have GOT to watch him tell it like it is! He also has quite a comical website about FAITH HOPE & SANITY and "A few jokes about RELIGION before it kills us all"
NICE JOB!! and just in time, because I have been putting myself through hell reading one of the "discussions" that ABC put up here oh I don't know, back in MARCH I think. It's the way they posed the question that pissed me off:
Most of the discussions are nasty "christians" beating up on atheists. It's NEVER going to end. I don't think this topic will ever get labled "Discussion Closed". People are such assholes when it comes to religion. My father is right "there ARE more assholes in this world than there are asses".Atheists are on the offensive. No longer content to keep their disbelief to themselves, they are fighting all the way to the Supreme Court to get religion out of government, and they are writing best-selling books. In an interview with ABC News, Sam Harris, author of "Letter to a Christian Nation," said, "Religion poses one of the more troubling threats to civilization. The world is ablaze with bad ideas and most of these ideas are religious." Needless to say, this kind of talk is lighting a fire under people of faith. Are atheists fanning the flames a little too hard -- or exercising their right to speak their minds?
I did come across a beautiful comment somewhere mid-summer and thought it was one of the most well written testaments to atheism that I had ever read:
"An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now - here on earth - for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man he can find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethic al way of life. He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our brother's keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons, that the job is here and the time is now."
A quote I live by from Madalyn Murray O'Hair
WOW!! Now wasn't that just simply beautiful? I had never heard of Madalyn Murray O'Hair. I looked her up. Didn't find too much other than "The Most Hated Woman in America" Well, Allrighty!
I moved on to whatever it was I was supposed to be doing that day and forgot all about Madalyn. Later that night I climb into bed, start surfing, and come across this documentary that was just starting on sundance channel. "Godless in America". It's been out for about a year. A lot of you may have already seen it.
FREAKED me out! It was about Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Here's a review:
Here is a short film about her life, much of which was in the documentary
".....the story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s notorious life and mysterious death, alongside an account of the current campaigns and struggles of American Atheists.
At a time where the World’s most powerful leader declares that he is inspired and directed by his Christian God, and begins each day by leading his cabinet in prayer, we propose a film about Atheism in America. As a US General speaks of “a Christian nation fighting a Holy War on Islamic terror,” the Atheist campaign to take God out of America defines a gathering battleground of the new millennium.
Godless in America will follow the ongoing struggles of American Atheists to be heard, and to take their case to politicians in Washington and to people across America. They claim that the despite the clamour of the Christian conservatives, there are 30 million non-believers in America, and they are determined to fight back against what they see as the current power of religious fundamentalism in every area of public life.
I'm still shocked about what happened to her. Sad that things will never change. Atheist will always be a swear word - just like liberal. Makes me want to keep my mouth shut after learning her fate. I won't remain silent out of respect for the faithful anymore though. It's getting out of hand. Time to lash back - with words that is.
I will now be studying the Pat Condell method!
Crossposted at BigBrassBlog
“I don’t know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is One Nation under God.”
~George W. Bush