21st October 2008

“There are a million different reasons for comedy, but one is to prick pomposity. And when it comes to self-righteousness and pomposity, religion has been the unchallenged winner for the last 5,000 years.”

Mark Steel

15 Responses to “21st October 2008”

  1. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Absolutely! Which is why Bill Maher’s “Religulous” is funny.

  2. Terence Meaden Says:

    Self-righteousness and pomposity!

    “An Islamic regime must be serious in every field,”
    “There are no jokes in Islam.
    There is no humour in Islam.
    There is no fun in Islam.”

    “Yes, we are reactionaries, and you are enlightened intellectuals: You intellectuals do not want us to go back 1400 years. You, who want freedom, freedom for everything, the freedom of parties, you who want all the freedoms, you intellectuals: freedom that will corrupt our youth, freedom that will pave the way for the oppressor, freedom that will drag our nation to the bottom.”

  3. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Actually, there is humor in Islam, I could tell you an Islam joke – but then I’d have to kill us both.

  4. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    What’s the difference between Jesus and a picture of Jesus?

    Only takes ONE nail to hang the picture.

  5. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    A believer who can’t take a joke doesn’t really believe.

  6. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Are there any good “atheist” jokes out there?

  7. Terence Meaden Says:

    I omitted to add that the two Islamic quotations are from the mouth of that Ayatollah Khomenei.

  8. Admin Says:

    “What do you get if you cross an Atheist with a Jehovah’s Witness? Someone who knocks on doors for no reason.”

    (unknown author)

  9. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    We need to find a couple fundamentalists to join the group!
    Now that would be fun!

  10. Tony Pro Says:

    The single greatest comedic diatribe on religion ever! “Religion is bullshit” by the late great George Carlin. Share it with a friend. Do not attempt to watch this standing up ROFL!

  11. Rhos Says:

    Jokes? How about a true story. A jehovah’s witness knocked on my door on Sunday morning. It was freezing cold, pouring with rain and he had dragged along his unfortunate 10 yr old (ish) kid…..He wanted to talk about family values. I laughed my @rse off.

  12. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    The kid was probably not his. The elders take a “student” along to teach them how to debate with people. Every Sunday they go out in pairs looking to strike up a debate that will teach the youngster the ins and outs of communication skills and biblical scripture, in order that they may take up the tradition when the elder retires to that great podium in the sky! I rather enjoy those days, as it gives me a chance to test my tongue as well. When I tire of the debate, I simply recite Mark 16:17-18 that simply states that if you are a true believer, you will be able to drink poison and it will not hurt you. So I mix a little bleach, drain-o and the like, and ask them to drink it to prove they are a true believer. If they refuse (and they always do) I ask the non-believer to leave my house! I have 911 on speed-dial just in case one of the idiots thinks he can actually do it!

  13. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    To The Atheist Advocate:

    Now that’s f**kin’ funny!

  14. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    The Atheist Advocate writes:

    “. . . tire of the debate, I simply recite Mark 16:17-18 that simply states . . ”

    In the interest of giving credit where credit is due, mind if I use this anecdote in the study I am currently leading at my church on “Atheism?”
    Why would I want to do that? One, it’s funny (some will get it, some won’t, some will laugh, some will scowl); two, it gives a good sense of what (some) atheists believe about the Bible; and three, it might actually help some of those struggling with why doctrine of biblical inerrancy is bad theology even for the true believer.

    I realize there are many other examples in the Bible to choose from illustrating the above point, but this has three advantages in a study concerning atheism: it’s directly from an atheist rather than me, it’s short, sweet, and to the point, and I didn’t have to think of it!

    Of course, you understand that I will be “making points” that you would probably disagree with.

  15. The Atheist Advocate Says:

    I wouldn’t mind at all and wonder why you would ask my permission. Unless you would like to hear my thoughts expounded. So here goes… 🙂

    My point is that interpreting the bible is something that should not have to be done. If it says blah, blah, then it means blah, blah! If you need to translate what god says, it implies that god is not articulate enough to speak for himself. When it says in the bible that god told the soldiers to KILL everything that moves, but save the young women for yourselves. It should not be translated with a preceding line such as, “What that means is…” OR “What god meant was…”, he said what he meant!

    If you want the Queen Mary of mistakes, you should compare the text from 2 Kings 18 with Isaiah 37. These books were written by two different authors. Both Kings books were written by Jeremiah between 562 and 538 B.C. while Isaiah was written by (you guessed it) Isaiah between 701 and 681 B.C. I would love to hear your comments on that one.

    And yes you are correct, there are MANY, MANY other errors which I will be glad to help you with over the coming years, if I can fit them all in during that short of a time period. 🙂

    BTW, both god and jesus declare they are here for Israel. So, if you are an Israelite, good for you. If not, oh well, you may have chosen the wrong god. Maybe you should look to Scientology! 😉

    I am bustin’ your chops… I consider myself a very tolerant person and would be honored if you would use some of my material. As you pointed out yourself, it keeps you from having to think! 🙂