15 thoughts on “Atheist Bingo”

  1. hitler was a christian, pol pot was raised catholic and buddhist, and stalin went to greek orthodox school, renounced religion(was raised in an religiously abusive household) but then embraced it in later years.

    even without these three, more people have been killed in the name of god than all diseases combined.

    ‘Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

    He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

    He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

    Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over’

    –emo phillips

  2. even without these three, more people have been killed in the name of god than all diseases combined.

    I’d have to dispute that claim. You’re looking at somewhere around 30,000 people a year just in the US dying of the flu, and during WWI more people died of the flu than in the war itself.

    Neither Hitler, Stalin, nor Pol Pot waged war in the name of religion, even if Hitler did murder people because of their religion.

    You do your cause a disservice when you use hyperbole to make a point. If truth is on your side you do not need to inflate your claims. Just like the religious folk who like to claim that all morality comes from their particular form of god it is just as wrong to claim all bad things come from religion.

  3. Mike, your reasoning is good. The condition of religion is not necessarily relevant to the existience of mass murder. Instead of “Religion is responsible for deaths”, substitute the idea of Guns being responsible for deaths, and you have the anti-gun lobby. The US, with liberal gun ownership policy (liberal being used correctly in this sentence) has a higher rate of deaths due to guns. This death rate is not likely due to gun ownership rates, as the statistics also show the US has higher rates of death due to strangling and stomping, and it can not be demonstrated that the US population has access to more hands and feet than other populations.

  4. “even without these three, more people have been killed in the name of god than all diseases combined.”

    Wow…such ignorance. I can’t even begin to wonder where that came from.

  5. I don’t get this. Is it supposed to be making fun of Religious folk trying to help atheists or is it supposed to be making fun of atheists from a religious perspective?

    So if an atheist carries this card and gets a BINGO by people using a certain combination of these what does he/she get?

  6. Atheists seem to be far more law-abiding than believers – unless they are simply cleverer and don’t get caught!

    http://www.holysmoke.org/icr-pri.htm

    “atheists, being a moderate proportion of the USA population (about 8-16%) are disproportionately less in the prison populations (0.21%). “

    • As the average IQ of a person in prison/jail is usually well below average, they are more likely to claim whatever religion that was passed to them from their parents and usually have no idea what the basic beliefs of their religion are.

    • In prisons there are advantages to claiming to be a member of a faith. It can help with parole boards, it can get them special meals so they have an option of which ones to pick, and the ever present boredom can be relieved a little by going to services.

      Yeah my dad was a Guard.

  7. How can anyone defend religious persecutions?
    Crusades?
    Terrorists
    Nazi persecution of Jews
    India’s war with Pakistan

    Even if disease has killed more people than religious wars – the point remains the same
    Religion causes small minded people to want to force their views on others rather than face the possibility that they may be wrong

    sad

    This I believe from NPR…
    Penn Jillette
    Morning Edition, November 21, 2005 ·

    I believe that there is no God. I’m beyond Atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy — you can’t prove a negative, so there’s no work to do. You can’t prove that there isn’t an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word “elephant” includes mystery, order, goodness, love and a spare tire?

    So, anyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power. All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The Atheism part is easy.

    But, this “This I Believe” thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life’s big picture, some rules to live by. So, I’m saying, “This I believe: I believe there is no God.”
    Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I’m not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it’s everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I’m raising now is enough that I don’t need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day.

    Believing there’s no God means I can’t really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That’s good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

    Believing there’s no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I’m wrong. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. I don’t travel in circles where people say, “I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.” That’s just a long-winded religious way to say, “shut up,” or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, “How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do.” So, believing there is no God lets me be proven wrong and that’s always fun. It means I’m learning something.

    Believing there is no God means the suffering I’ve seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn’t caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn’t bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future.

    Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-o and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.

  8. Who’s defending religious persecutions? Besides, most ‘religious persecutions’ were covers for other things and really had little or nothing to do with religion.

  9. Even if disease has killed more people than religious wars – the point remains the same

    No, in point of fact the point does not remain the same. You’re assuming because you think religion is bad you are allowed to make up stuff about it and still have a point. This is an incredibly illogical and damaging thought process.

    You either have a case against religion and can state it, or you do not have a case and you cannot state it.

    Once more, if the truth is on your side you need not engage in hyperbole.

    If you build a case against religion and someone can point out one flaw in your argument then your entire argument is therefore tainted, even if it is true.

  10. “with or without religion good people do good things and bad people do bad things. It takes religion to make good people do bad things.” author unknown

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