Why atheism isn’t a religion

The Jesus and Mo artist shows that we’re no wilting lilies.

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28 Comments

  1. palefury
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    So much for “militant” atheism.

  2. Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Actually, South Park *already* did a “make fun of atheism” episode back 2006 (episode*s* really – it was a two parter) called “Go, God, Go.”

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_God_Go)

    Worth watching just for the rip on the old “Buck Rogers” opening montage alone.

  3. Microraptor
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Pwned

  4. Omino
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Atheism doesn’t have to be professed to be believed.

    Atheism doesn’t have to be the “Truth to be true.

    Atheism doesn’t have to be killed for to survive, or be worthy of worship to be worth considering.

    Atheism isn’t losing the battle against reality and common sense.

  5. WingedBeast
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the rabbid atheist reaction I had when I saw the “Go God Go” episode way back.

    “… hmm… That’s not really an acurate representation of how individual atheists came to those positions. It’s not even a parody of anything accurate… Oh well, there were funny parts.”

    Not once did I even think that any level of suffering, post or peri-mortem, was an appropriate response.

    • Andy Dufresne
      Posted January 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I had the same (I almost typed “sane”) reaction. Once again, the “militant atheist” response is to chuckle some and then write a point-by-point rebuttal, while the militant religious response is violence, threats of violence, or insisting that the speech rights of others be restricted. But we’re just as bad as they are.

      • nichole
        Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        Right. And the dem’s rhetoric is just as bad as the republican’s.
        9_9
        they just love trying to drag everyone down into the muck they live in, bunch of authoritarian pricks.

        • Andy Dufresne
          Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

          There does seem to be something about false equivalency that soothes lazy minds.

          • Dave J L
            Posted January 16, 2011 at 7:08 am | Permalink

            False equivalency is exactly it. The root of so many annoyingly ridiculous religious claims against atheists and atheism.

  6. 386sx
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Atheists don’t have a god that gets offended by anything. They don’t even have a god that gets offended by devotees who don’t get offended about their god getting offended if they don’t get offended. They don’t even have any kind of god at all.

    • Microraptor
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Nor do they have a book that tells them must imprison, torture, or execute those who treat their lack of a god with anything less than the utmost respect.

  7. Greg Esres
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I must admit that whenever I come across someone making fun of atheism, I tend to find them stupid, rather than offensive.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      While I find stupid offensive…

      • Pali
        Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

        I find stupid repulsive, but not offensive.

  8. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    How do you make fun of that something does not exist? LØL!

    Seriously, you can make fun of atheists. Atheism, not so much.

    Religion now, that is a barrel of laughs. (¬_¬)

  9. Insightful Ape
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    May Dawkins bless you, brothers.
    RAmen

  10. MosesZD
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Great comic.

  11. jose
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Religions are like mobile operators, they can’t afford losing members. It’s more money gone! That’s why every non explicitly favorable account of it represents a threat.

    Atheists enjoy disagreeing with each other and challenging supposed leaders, so they won’t threaten the show; instead, they will see the show, and then they’ll blog about it. In that sense they’re not as entertaining as the religious.

    Here’s a picture of an atheist demonstration.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:10 am | Permalink

      Wow, is that militant or what?!

    • Posted January 16, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      The service contract that you enter into once you accept some faiths would be disturbing. For example:

      Upon entering this agreement to suspend logic and wholeheartedly believe the tenets of our ONE TRUE FAITH ™ you (the Believer) hereby irrevocably and eternally suspend all rights to withdraw from this service. Any attempt to withdraw from this contract will be met with social ostracism, or violent torment, or both.

      Acceptance of this agreement irrevocably and eternally forbids you to write, or utter, or convey in words, deeds, sign language, print, graphic art or mime, or even think, thoughts that contradict or call into question the tenets of the ONE TRUE FAITH ™. Any such utterance is in contravention of our Non Disclosure Clause (aka Blasphemy Clause) and the due penalties will apply.

      Seriously, would you sign up with a clause like that in the contract?

  12. Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I’m not convinced that simply “not believing in the supernatural” would eliminate all of the problems we associate with religion.

    I’ll go along with the general consensus that supernatural belief seems to play a role in dangerous extremism. But we do also sometimes see dangerous extremism from non-believers. Supernatural belief seems to be part of the problem with religion but there are others that affect secular groups as well.

    The simple fact that atheism isn’t a religion doesn’t seem to me to neccessarily take us to the point of automatically making it superior as a way of eliminating dangerous extremism. I think we need to look beyond just supernatural belief alone to the larger interdependent web of attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors that drive us.

    • Microraptor
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      No, but people often use religion as a way to justify otherwise indefensible positions (such as homophobia or xenophobia) and then go on to restrict the rights of people who don’t share the same beliefs they do. Take religion out of the picture and you’ve taken away one of the refuges for intolerance and oppression.

      • Posted January 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        @MicroRaptor: Thanks for adding those points, well said.

        • Microraptor
          Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

          Thanks. I originally had the idea when I got into a discussion about whether or not religion caused people to be intolerant. I had the epiphany that it didn’t matter whether it was caused by the religion or not, as long as people were able to justify such positions by claiming that it was part of their religion.

  13. Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    This comic is a re-draw of a 2007/2008 piece, when the two-part Dawkins arc was poised to air.

    • Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      My mistake: It is indeed the 2006 episode… making the original JM comic …fairly old.

    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      “The two-part Dawkins arc”? Don’t say he built one big enough to hold every species?!

    • SeanK
      Posted January 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      OH MY SCIENCE!


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