Archive for May, 2012

Thank you, #theatheistpig, for your comic about #Christian plumbers!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Anton A. Hill

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As illustrated above, something similar happened to me a number of years ago when I was frequenting this little sandwich place a few feet away from my apartment. It was a delusional place to start. The proprietor kept claiming it to be a “family restaurant” when, unlike actual family restaurants like IHOP, it had little space, poor kid- and family-friendly branding, and a menu that simply wasn’t that inspired or long. But the proprietor insisted. “Family restaurant!”

One day, after buying a sandwich or slice of cake or something, I made some not-worth-remembering remark about some not-worth-remembering subject. Maybe it was some polite, bullshit question. The
proprietor’s answer was, “Well, we’re Christians!” all nice and excited.

What??

How did he expect me to respond? “Oh, that’s a relief! I thought you were baby-eating Satanists! Imagine my relief to now know that you instead worship blood sacrifice, vicarious atonement, and other stupid bullshit!” Did he mean, per the above comic, that being Christian made his food, service, work ethic, or anything else better than if he weren’t? Didn’t his boisterous self-praise automatically imply that those who weren’t Christian were thus either at least not what he was claiming of himself or at most the opposite?

Wait a minute! It was a socially-scceptable personal slight! Of course he didn’t know that, but it would have been structurally no different had he said, “Well, we’re teeth-pluckers!” Yes, theology and incompetent dentistry are different things, but the implication, that what he was claiming of himself and that such a claim was superior to alternate claims, was no different than had he declared himself an amateur dentist.

It’s also a pretty fucking stupid thing to do unless you know that your client or potential client is of your ilk. Because, petty as it may be, I never went back as long as I knew he was there. I figured if you’re willing to broadcast your beliefs presumptively to belief-incognito customers, then fuck you. You have no sense of customer relations and you don’t deserve my business.

Had the “restaurant” sign read something with “Christ” or “Christian” in it, then it’d be a different issue. It’d be my choice to enter an establishment with proprietors proclaiming their beliefs. And if I’d taken any offense, that would’ve been my problem entirely.

But that’s not what happened.

Like so many other religious, this idiot assumed that everyone would or should agree with him. He went bankrupt within weeks. (And yes, I know there’s no causative relationship between his idiocy and his lack of business acumen.)

Statements to Believers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Anton A. Hill

Since I started this site, I’ve fucked up a few times. I’ve often gotten into conversations with theists, people whom I don’t know, the conversations go their merry way, and I post them. What I learned the hard way was when I did this with people I did know, despite the fact that they’d proudly made stupid statements like, “I accept Easter fully,” and posted those statements on publicly available sites like Facebook, they didn’t want them here. The really shitty part was that I kept ending up in these conversations with people I knew and either I or they or we both would say such awesome things, but I started to feel that ethical lump at the bottom of my stomach when the question of posting them here arose.

Then it dawned on me! Ask their permission! So in one case, I did…

Shot. Down.

I was sad. So many lovely quotables, and I couldn’t use a one. But then I had another thought. I’m free to post things I’ve said! So following is the inaugural Statement to Believers, complete with paraphrased (and definitely NOT quoted) context. For initial context, the conversation followed this post. My text is in italics. His is in bold. Comments [in brackets].

Big Bang theory doesn’t contradict creation. Creator put the pieces in place, whether God or an alien.

The argument from creationists is that the Big Bang could NOT have happened. The linked video, and other evidence, demonstrates that not only could it have happened, but all evidence shows that it did.

If the claim is that a Creator set the Bang in motion, then the Creator & any claims made of It remain to be demonstrated. Not only that, but once we assume a Crestor, we’re then saddled with why would this Creator do such a thing?

In the case of the Big Bang, we have no need to explain intent, only how. How’s been explained. In the case of a Creator, we now also have to explain It & its intent.

If you think you can, please go ahead. :) Continue reading

Congratulations, #Norway, for joining the end of the 18th century!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by Anton A. Hill

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As the National Secularism Society in the UK reports here, Norway’s officially separated from the Church of Norway, although as the article states:

The nation will have no official religion, and the government will not participate in the appointment of church deans and bishops. However, the church tax will remain in place and churches will continue to receive the lion’s share, with humanist organisations benefitting to a lesser extent.

Some good. Some bad. Not quite to the level of our First Amendment, but progress. The interesting thing to note about our First Amendment, though, is that the legal implications all us atheists squawk about are not their original intent. Just one point is that the reach of the First Amendment originally only applied to laws passed by Congress. Not to individual states.

Seems our cherished Wall of Separation hasn’t always been there and hasn’t always been built of solid stone. It, like most else, evolved.

Forget you, #SteveShives, for beating me to the punch!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 21, 2012 by Anton A. Hill

Why the fake rage against my dear A-News colleague, Steve Shives? Because after I posted this:

And then shockofgod and I had this:

Steve’s done this:

As of this writing, the debate’s already happened. I’m hopeful someone somewhere somehow recorded it. If they did, you can be damn sure it’ll be coming up here!

If you’re wondering whether shockofgod and I will ever cross paths, I hope to, but still gotta figure out the communication between my computer and his site.

Till then, shockofgod…

Thank you, #Obama, for finally publicly endorsing (the blindingly obvious inalienable right of) gay marriage!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by Anton A. Hill

Given that the vast majority of those who oppose gay marriage do so almost exclusively because of religious reasons (which interestingly predominantly reside in books that those same religious people almost entirely dismiss on other grounds), this issue has clearly always been a religious one. Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage in no way changes any of those people’s opinions, but it at least grants a level of legitimacy to the issue that has heretofore been non-existent. Gay marriage, and all other gay rights, will happen. It’s only a question of time.

ratio semper prevalet — reason always prevails.

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