God is dead.
That's what they said.
Done in by Darwin, Marx and Freud.
Free are we
Of course it sort of leaves a little void.
I used to care about my fellow man.
But now—hurrah—I'm free.
And it's simply not my problem!
— Potemkin, Celebration, "Not My Problem"
"Uh oh, retard alert! Retard alert, class! Do you believe in a flying spaghetti monster too, bubblehead?!"
— Mrs Garrison, South Park
"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
— George H.W. Bush (according to one report, although no notes were taken, or video recording made)
Crave Online: Killing babies is fine?
Seth MacFarlane: Iím an atheist, so I donít give a shit. (Note this seems to have been self-parody).
Basically..... out of all the ridiculous religion stories which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous ó the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah..... there's this big giant universe and it's expanding, it's all gonna collapse on itself and we're all just here just 'cause..... just 'cause'. That, to me, is the most ridiculous explanation ever.
— Trey Parker
"Mom raised me to be a man of faith. I lost that faith at Serenity Valley."
— Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity Role Playing Game
"...this is where this episode goes full-on Jack Chick. Nightcrawler basically starts witnessing to the X-Men, telling them how he turned his life around by dedicating it to God, and Wolverine starts yelling about how 'Weíre mutants! God gave up on us a long time ago!'
This sparks a theological debate and Wolverine reveals that he has 'tried' to find the peace of the Lord, but that he has been unable to, likely because of his occupation as a professional murderer and member of an unsanctioned terrorist cell masquerading as a school. Also, being around Cyclops every day would try the patience of Job."
"Disagreement is inevitable, but bullying and harassment are not.. It should go without saying, but this means no death threats, rape threats, attacks on peopleís appearance, age, race, sex, size, haircut; no photoshopping people into demeaning images, no vulgar epithets. Iím told that some people think I tacitly endorse such things even if I donít indulge in them."
"Though Atheism is technically the opposite of religion, there are still quite a few atheists out there who treat it like one."
"Atheism is on the rise. Polls show that belief in the man upstairs (or whatever floor the deity lives on) is on the decline, with the number of these non-God-fearing folk having grown to more than half a billion worldwide. While this seems to be becoming more of a norm in places like Scandinavia, where religious belief has reached an all-time low, if you happen to be an atheist in America we have some potentially bad news for you: There's a damn good chance that people don't like you. Including other atheists.....That's right — even other atheists had bought into the idea that religious people are more ethical, even though they presumably don't think of themselves as less ethical due to their non-belief."
"America is an increasingly politically polarized nation. (No shit.) But by and large, when it comes to family members' marriages, we're able to set aside party differences and get wild at the open bar. Except, that is, when it comes to atheists. Maybe folks are just really worried they'll get Richard Dawkins books every Christmas? ...People love to bitch about awkward political moments at the family reunion, but when push comes to shove, most us will take the years-long argument about taxes with Uncle Tony over seeing a cousin marry some "right-thinking" dude who's a complete fuckwad in every other department."
"Take Reagan: what does it mean to ay that he was a Born Again Christian? It means somebody told him he'd been a Born Again Christian. In Bush's case, though, I presume he's totally secular, he just knows by now that you've got to make a nod to this huge fundamentalist constituency—and since you're not going to offer them anything they really want, you offer them symbolic things, like saying, 'so help my God' or something like that."
—Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power
"It stems from a very silly but very Western middle-class mindset, which I have seen too many times to count...You see it on the Beltway, itís the heart of Reaganism (cut taxes for the rich, grow the economy for the middle class, no one loses) and itís why Obama is fucking up so dreadfully. You also see it in a lot of wealthy philosophers, like [Ludwig] Wittgenstein, who want to ignore class conflict and instead look to the weakness of language. And the [New Atheists] have embraced it roundly. Instead of seeing the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as one over land and resources, itís about that damned religion! 9/11 wasnít retribution for centuries of intervention in the Middle East, itís that damned religion!
I used to think that the goal here was to obfuscate power structures. Thatís the result, but the motivation is more benign: to portray the world as getting better, with religion being the main problem. Why? Because then you deny the fact that liberal capitalism isnít quite as awesome as we thought."
—Sean McElwee on New Atheism