A cartoon for Damon Linker

In case you’re an atheist and not sufficiently miserable today, reader Pliny the in Between has produced a cartoon detailing how you’re supposed to feel:




  1. gbjames
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted January 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    …and, if they sleep in on Sundays (or go for a bike ride or spend some time in the garden or whatever), then they don’t put the money in the collection plate….


    • Posted January 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      I do some of my best thinking while attending ‘St. Mattress of the Springs’.

      • Posted January 29, 2014 at 7:23 am | Permalink

        That’s such an old and dated practice. We’ve moved on to neo-Pagan Natural Latex.

  3. NewEnglandBob
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Family life by Jesus under Christianity:

    “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted January 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      The wellspring of every cult leader since that time.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:42 am | Permalink

      Well that settles it then. I couldn’t be a Xtian even if I wanted to. I don’t hate my family enough. There are a couple if in-laws I could work up a bit of resentment towards if I tried really really hard…

  4. Sastra
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    When people insist that the atheist can’t really be happy, they love to imply that there’s something shallow about anyone for whom an imperfect world is “enough.” They aspire to Higher things.

    But in their own lives, what do they think of people who sneer at faults and flaws and demand nothing short of perfection? How do they view parents who withhold praise from children who get “B”‘s on their report cards and aesthetics who can’t stand any art that isn’t up to the ideal standard?

    They think of them as shallow, as failing to appreciate what is and chasing instead after some illusion that can never really be good enough. The depth of one’s capacity to love often isn’t measured by how worthy the object is, but by how much it isn’t.

    Yeah. They need to think about this.

  5. Rune Bjerke
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t this whole “you’re incomplete, fallen, lost and defective, doomed to eternal suffering” thing the message Christianity preaches anyhow?

    But wait! Now there is Jesus 2000 Ultra! Call now, and get the free gift of being saved(tm), or perish in Hell forever.

    But.. Um, remember Mother Theresa, who said suffering was what got you closer to God, as she wasted money on other nonsense instead of helping the poor orphans etc? (Poor -> suffering -> closer to God). Does that mean atheists are reaaally close, then, mr Linker?

    • Marella
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 1:33 am | Permalink

      OTHER PEOPLE’S suffering, not her own. She liked to bathe in the reflected glory of the misery of others. She was nothing but a highly creative sadist. The Catholic church specialises in such people apparently.

  6. Paul S
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I got the memo too late, but I’ll try to be miserable tomorrow. It’s going to be hard to do with two kittehs in the house.

  7. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    This was a great analogy. How many more like this can be written?

    Being miserable because you have to die is like:

    – Not enjoying a Rolling Stones concert because it will end in 3 hours.

    – Not enjoying Ben & Jerry’s because there is only a pint of it.

    – Not enjoying sex because it’s over in…

    (Okay, I’ll stop there.)


  8. Kieran
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Speaking of cartoons, Channel 4 news decided to censor the Jesus and Mo cartoon https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=616268321774856&set=a.319417491459942.75367.125931370808556&type=1

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 3:46 am | Permalink

      I think THAT sort of censorship is a deliberate poke in the eye for the wannabe censors. Everybody *knows* who’s behind the black blob…

    • gbjames
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink

      How does that help? Isn’t it blasphemous to depict The Prophet as a black oval?

      • Kieran
        Posted January 29, 2014 at 7:06 am | Permalink

        It’s actually the shadow of the cosmic saucer, it’s part of the same set of celestial delph that the cosmic teapot is from, spread across the galaxy when the great table cloth trick went wrong, hence why there is sin.

    • TJR
      Posted January 29, 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Evan Harris (ex LD MP) was on Radio 5 on monday morning talking about this, making sensible points about free speech and all that. So he’ll doubtless be ignored.

  9. Posted January 29, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on π's blog.

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