The atheist pig pwns a believer

Reader Bruce called my attention to The Atheist Pig site, which is totally worth following. Here’s an example:

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I can’t find the author to give him/her credit (or do readers think I should use “them”?). Perhaps he/she is reluctant to admit the production of such stridency.

 

50 Comments

  1. Ann German
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    it’s not “strident,” it’s scripture!

    • Posted September 16, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      Ann, I agree, it is not strident, it is a literal statement of christian doctrine.

  2. rickflick
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I’d buy the card. I’d send it out at Christmas to all my Christian friends.

    • Scott Draper
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Which means next year you wouldn’t have to send any.

      • rickflick
        Posted September 7, 2015 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

        What a blessing!

      • Posted September 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        With the rate of new people signing into Atheist Nexus, there will be a whole new group of friends with whom to communicate

  3. kps
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    The domain registrant appears to be a real person, and a ‘him’. But ‘them’ is fine, whether the comic is a collaboration or not.

    • Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      No it’s not, because if I said “give them credit,” it would imply more than one person was involved.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

        I think we all just canvassed this extensively under the topic of ze/zir/xem or whatever-it-was.

        cr

        • Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

          Well, if we’re going to recapitulate that topic here…I personally would have taken this:

          I can’t find the author to give him/her credit (or do readers think I should use “them”?). Perhaps he/she is reluctant to admit the production of such stridency.

          and re-worked it along these lines:

          I can’t find the author to give credit. I suspect such anonymity might result from a reluctance to admit the production of such stridency.

          …but that’s just me, of course….

          b&

      • reasonshark
        Posted September 8, 2015 at 1:50 am | Permalink

        No it wouldn’t. Quite apart from context making its meaning clear, “them” as a singular has a long history in the English language. Its use does not exclusively suggest a plural, contrary to a popular language myth.

        I learned that from The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker. Even ignoring the fact that he’s a language expert who consulted several other literary and linguistic authorities, though, I still fail to see anything wrong with using “them” to describe a vague or undefined singular third party.

  4. Randy Schenck
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Yes sir…that’s a Hallmark moment.

  5. Gordon
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear Gerry

    looks horribly like a belief in free will.

    Great find nevertheless

    • Gordon
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      sorry the url didn’t post but if you add “image/127706404047” to the address it is that one

  6. Mark Joseph
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Whoa. You think *that’s* strident?

    Check out the current cartoon!

    I am loving the Pig!

    • Randy Schenck
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      That is good…..

      • rickflick
        Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        That’s ripe.

    • Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

      What a coincidence! That’s the same thing the Kentucky governor told Kim Davis when she asked him to get her out of jail.

  7. Mark Joseph
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The Pig can be topical, too.

    Josh Duggar.

    Kim Davis.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

      Refreshing.

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Seems like a pretty accurate summary of Christianity to me.

  9. Posted September 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. I had a conversation with a friend just a few hours ago where he claimed religious isn’t divisive if you go to a nondenominational church. I explained that the term nondenominational Christian Church is an inherent contradiction in terms for a number of reasons including how such churches established themselves in the first place-offshoots of Protestantism.

    Almost in the same breath as his first claim, he then said it doesn’t matter what religion you are as long as you accept Jesus. For good measure he added in the Muslims are of Satan, Catholics worship saints and don’t believe in salvation by faith, and nonbelievers are doomed not for actions but for not believing. Yup, nondivisive…and certainly Hallmark worthy as well…

  10. Posted September 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    But it’s all okay, see? Because you need religion to keep you from being the sort of nasty reprobate who would burn somebody alive. Because we all know that the Nazis didn’t have Gott on their belt buckles; the Inquisition was all about Western imperialism; and DAESH has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam — meaning all those were and are cases of atheists usurping Jesus’s exclusive monopoly on the whole burning persuasion thing.

    b&

    • rickflick
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      That’s only approximately correct. But I won’t elaborate.

  11. Posted September 7, 2015 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    You can use “he” Jerry. He has a PATREON PAGE where he goes by the punny name of Winston Hamilton & writes: “I’m the creator and star of the webcomic, The Atheist Pig”

    His facebook address is visible in the cartoon image

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      I note the Pig in the comic is called Winston.

      cr

  12. Posted September 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see a strip where a mafioso explains to a priest how a protection racket works before realising organised religion has got there first.

    • Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Then draw one! That’s the great thing about comics; they’re one of the most egalitarian forms of artwork. Though the greats have drawing talent oozing out of their pores, lots of great work has been done by people who struggle with mere stick figures.

      b&

      • Posted September 8, 2015 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Or work with a friend who is good at drawing and supply him dialogue.

  13. Posted September 7, 2015 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    For Christians, the acceptance of the idea that we’re born hellbound reprobates who are only capable of sin and evil, and that any good things we do are empty because they are not of god makes the idea that one can be redeemed from this and sealed for an eternity of bliss in heaven very beautiful.

    Of course, first you have to believe you’re a human piece of garbage… which I did for years. Imagine filling your kids’ heads with that before sending them out into the world :/

    • rickflick
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      “Imagine filling your kids’ heads with that”
      Sad isn’t it?

  14. nightglare
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Please use ‘them’ instead of ‘him/her’. It’s far more elegant.

    • Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Noun/pronoun disagreement seems much less elegant to me. It can be confusing and comes across as sloppy, lazy, or incompetent writing.

  15. Posted September 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m honored and I thank you.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 7, 2015 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Great stuff, author!

      • Wild Ted
        Posted September 8, 2015 at 1:44 am | Permalink

        I’ll second that

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted September 8, 2015 at 5:20 am | Permalink

        Me too! I’ve added you to my regular sites, along with this one, and Jesus & Mo.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 8, 2015 at 5:56 am | Permalink

      Hooray Pig!

    • Posted September 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Win!

      /@

  16. Mark R.
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I like how the backview of the atheist pig looks somehow demonic. Good shtuff.

  17. Willard Bolinger
    Posted September 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I have a magnetic plaque on my refrigerator that asks, ” Have you threatened your children with eternal damnation yet today?” I bought at Skepticon in Springfield, Missouri last November. I go every year in November

  18. Posted September 7, 2015 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m posting that one on my FB page. Hilarious!

    • Mike Brogan
      Posted September 8, 2015 at 6:46 am | Permalink

      So am i, there are some great ones on the site also.lol

  19. Steve Brooks
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Using the words “they” and “them” as singular forms is, for my taste, simply wrong.

  20. rocky cherry
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    It’s time to encourage the use of “them” instead of he/her. Sure it’s a change. So is he/her instead of he (but meaning man or woman). Language changes. The rules of English grammar didn’t cone down on the third tablet that Moses dropped (like this is a crowd that would care anyway). People use the them as singular now, until they get scolded out of it. Sometimes grammar ought to be descriptive instead of prescriptive.


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