Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?

Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?

There are 6124 comments on the Free Republic story from May 5, 2011, titled Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?. In it, Free Republic reports that:

'RELIGION SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RIDICULE, HATRED AND CONTEMPT' Atheism, or 'antitheism,' which was once considered taboo in America, has gone somewhat mainstream in today's society.

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Thinking

Sturminster Newton, UK

#5601 Apr 24, 2013
I couldn't find the clip. I could only find the follow up, where he says that's the year cities sprout legs and stalk the world hunting dwindling resources.

I saw him live in Oxford years ago. He was brutal but hilarious.
spudgun wrote:
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Thats really weird, cause I was just watching him say that on Youtube earlier.
Frankie Boyle has a morbid sense of humour, but can be very funny.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5602 Apr 24, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
When the Chinese become innovative, instead of copying, in the ways of killing, then I'll start to worry.
And even then, nuclear weapons is still a MAD card to play.
I think bigger fear is a reinstatement of the noble classes by means of wealth accumulation in a few hands. Instead of Divine Right of Kings and his appointed Dukes/Counts/Barons/etc... will we see something similar as Billionaire/100-999 millionaire/multi-millionaire?
A rose by any other name and all that.
Yeah, it certainly looks like we are heading for a Billionair-ocracy, doesn't it?

One thing that could fix that, would be a total collapse of money-- such that most of these inherited-haves, would be left with nothing.

If the paper tiger collapses, of course.

On the other hand, a factory is a real thing-- and can be modified to make pretty much anything it's owners want to make-- and that is an asset with real value, not a paper-tiger. Even if it's all on borrowed money, the factory itself, and it's trained and skilled operators (workers) is still a real thing.

I dunno myself-- it's not quite too late, for the US, to fix some of what ails it.

If we could just teach the religious idiots, that the ReThuglcan party isn't really religious at all, but rather uses that as a distraction for their real goal: becoming rich themselves.

And not a few DemoWimps should be included in that, too.

I thought we had the beginnings of a fix, a number of years back before McCain went insane, with the Election Reform act, which didn't get nearly enough traction....

... now, obviously, McCain has reversed 180 degrees to that lofty goal, and is firmly on the "we want to be rich" bandwagon.

*sigh*

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5603 Apr 24, 2013
Thinking wrote:
It's the younger smartphone and tablet generation that really favour using an alphabet.
<quoted text>
This does not surprise me in the least. Good call!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5604 Apr 24, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian, was asked the significance of 2025.
He said something similar to: "That's the year black and white people sit side by side in harmony... in Chinese death camps."
<quoted text>
hmmmm... that's a little bit too close to reality, to be comfortable.

But it's still kinda funny anyhow.

:)

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5605 Apr 24, 2013
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>
I made a single visit to China ... a service call to a seismic vessel leased to them in a 'joint venture'. I met the boat offshore Hainan Island. I was struck by their technology, everyone running around on their cellphones, the hustle and bustle and their joyous Karaoke parties in the hotel seemingly every night.
My trip to the seismic vessel was via a 'supply boat'. The ride out into the South China Sea took a couple hours. I was struck by a few things ... the poor condition of the deteriorating vessel, decks slick with grease, the rust, garbage tossed carelessly into the sea. I was grateful to see our beautiful, almost brand new, seismic boat on the horizon. Unfortunately, as we drew nearer, I could see the streams of rust running down her side. I had traveled out with an Engineer who was going to check the engines, which were not developing enough power to tow the acoustic array at the proper speed.
My heart sank further once on board. It was clear these were not American Sailors who take pride in their ship.'Chipping and painting' are constant maintenance tasks in the battle against a harsh environment and it was well on it's way to being lost. My travel companion reported that NO MAINTENANCE had been performed on the engines and they had accumulated carbon exhaust products almost to the point of destruction.
My point? Just this impression of a Socialist/Communist country ... some glitz and glitter on the outside with a dark, rusty underbelly. There is no 'pride of ownership' when everything is handed to you. I did find the people friendly and accommodating. I would have starved had it not been for fried rice ... the only 'Chinese Food' remotely like what we get in state-side restaurants. I ordered 'the chicken' one night at the hotel. I received a platter of nicely glazed chicken FEET. I figured the Party Elite got the rest of the chicken.
Interesting. I wonder how their nascent space program will do, as their infrastructure begins to age?

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5606 Apr 24, 2013
Thinking wrote:
I couldn't find the clip. I could only find the follow up, where he says that's the year cities sprout legs and stalk the world hunting dwindling resources.
I saw him live in Oxford years ago. He was brutal but hilarious.
<quoted text>
I've seen only a few of Boyle, but they were quite funny.
Thinking

Sturminster Newton, UK

#5607 Apr 24, 2013
Notoriously, Frankie did a much complained about routine about Jordan's severely disabled but very strong looking son.

Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
I've seen only a few of Boyle, but they were quite funny.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5608 Apr 25, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Notoriously, Frankie did a much complained about routine about Jordan's severely disabled but very strong looking son.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =K6kwXdA78I8XX
<quoted text>
Yeah, I could see how some might find that one over-the-top.

;)

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#5609 Apr 25, 2013
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>
I made a single visit to China ... a service call to a seismic vessel leased to them in a 'joint venture'. I met the boat offshore Hainan Island. I was struck by their technology, everyone running around on their cellphones, the hustle and bustle and their joyous Karaoke parties in the hotel seemingly every night.
My trip to the seismic vessel was via a 'supply boat'. The ride out into the South China Sea took a couple hours. I was struck by a few things ... the poor condition of the deteriorating vessel, decks slick with grease, the rust, garbage tossed carelessly into the sea. I was grateful to see our beautiful, almost brand new, seismic boat on the horizon. Unfortunately, as we drew nearer, I could see the streams of rust running down her side. I had traveled out with an Engineer who was going to check the engines, which were not developing enough power to tow the acoustic array at the proper speed.
My heart sank further once on board. It was clear these were not American Sailors who take pride in their ship.'Chipping and painting' are constant maintenance tasks in the battle against a harsh environment and it was well on it's way to being lost. My travel companion reported that NO MAINTENANCE had been performed on the engines and they had accumulated carbon exhaust products almost to the point of destruction.
My point? Just this impression of a Socialist/Communist country ... some glitz and glitter on the outside with a dark, rusty underbelly. There is no 'pride of ownership' when everything is handed to you. I did find the people friendly and accommodating. I would have starved had it not been for fried rice ... the only 'Chinese Food' remotely like what we get in state-side restaurants. I ordered 'the chicken' one night at the hotel. I received a platter of nicely glazed chicken FEET. I figured the Party Elite got the rest of the chicken.
Lol

You're right about the food. Not only are there so many different regional variations but it's also pretty far removed from the Chinese food we're used to.

I know what you mean about the underbelly - I'd put it down to corruption and bureaucracy gone mad.

I guess rampant bureaucracy has is the eternal problem in China. It's like a cancer that has spread all over the body. This bureaucratic power has been expanding for over 2200 years from the Qin Dynasty up to the Mao era. Private initiative was effectively stifled and China stagnated. All businesses were controlled and people's lives were arranged according to society's needs. You couldn't even travel or get married without official approval.

Having said that, since 1978 China's bureaucratic power has been on the decline which has resulted in the sharp rise of the private sector. That same sector is now responsible for China's booming economy. That's an amazing contrast especially when you consider that China has the same land, soil and people as always. I accept that there is a gap between the "have's" and the "have-not's" but that's always the way in society.

Yet the unchecked bureaucracy remains - it's less intrusive but it's still with us. Today the government intrusions are presented as modern management because they don't trust their own people. I would reverse their logic and say that if the untold millions of rural Chinese controlled the actions of their government, China's wealth would increase still further.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5610 Apr 25, 2013
Interesting, Khatru.

(I have nothing to add-- but I'm reading and enjoying the conversation)
Imhotep

United States

#5611 Apr 25, 2013
Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?

It's freaking hilarious!

The true believer posters are a laugh riot.

So many reasons to ridicule I don't know where to start!

Any suggestions?

Theists are akin to Han Solo dumping cargo to make the jump to light speed... At the first sign of Imperial cruisers Carrying those dreaded FACTS!

Right Chewie?

“Right click Left click Yay!”

Since: Dec 10

Nehwon

#5612 Apr 25, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, it certainly looks like we are heading for a Billionair-ocracy, doesn't it?
One thing that could fix that, would be a total collapse of money-- such that most of these inherited-haves, would be left with nothing.
If the paper tiger collapses, of course.
On the other hand, a factory is a real thing-- and can be modified to make pretty much anything it's owners want to make-- and that is an asset with real value, not a paper-tiger. Even if it's all on borrowed money, the factory itself, and it's trained and skilled operators (workers) is still a real thing.
I dunno myself-- it's not quite too late, for the US, to fix some of what ails it.
If we could just teach the religious idiots, that the ReThuglcan party isn't really religious at all, but rather uses that as a distraction for their real goal: becoming rich themselves.
And not a few DemoWimps should be included in that, too.
I thought we had the beginnings of a fix, a number of years back before McCain went insane, with the Election Reform act, which didn't get nearly enough traction....
... now, obviously, McCain has reversed 180 degrees to that lofty goal, and is firmly on the "we want to be rich" bandwagon.
*sigh*
There does seem to be a trend back to Feudalism. Instead of a title of Duke, they are now CEO.

It seems we are quite well on our way with repeating history.

And really, just how much power does the President have? Congress controls the money. And about as trustworthy as a sailor with an unlimited AMEX card just into port after a year on the sea.

Shame we can't tie their legislative government spending to their individual lifetime assets. But then, we'd also have to abolish the limited liability of CEO's for the damage a corporation does.

Finding a balance point is quite tricky. I'm not a fan of a pendulum swinging to either extreme.

“Right click Left click Yay!”

Since: Dec 10

Nehwon

#5613 Apr 25, 2013
Khatru wrote:
<quoted text>
Lol
You're right about the food. Not only are there so many different regional variations but it's also pretty far removed from the Chinese food we're used to.
I know what you mean about the underbelly - I'd put it down to corruption and bureaucracy gone mad.
I guess rampant bureaucracy has is the eternal problem in China. It's like a cancer that has spread all over the body. This bureaucratic power has been expanding for over 2200 years from the Qin Dynasty up to the Mao era. Private initiative was effectively stifled and China stagnated. All businesses were controlled and people's lives were arranged according to society's needs. You couldn't even travel or get married without official approval.
Having said that, since 1978 China's bureaucratic power has been on the decline which has resulted in the sharp rise of the private sector. That same sector is now responsible for China's booming economy. That's an amazing contrast especially when you consider that China has the same land, soil and people as always. I accept that there is a gap between the "have's" and the "have-not's" but that's always the way in society.
Yet the unchecked bureaucracy remains - it's less intrusive but it's still with us. Today the government intrusions are presented as modern management because they don't trust their own people. I would reverse their logic and say that if the untold millions of rural Chinese controlled the actions of their government, China's wealth would increase still further.
I would hazard a guess that "Pay to Play" is a major problem in China.

And this butts heads with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Any US business operating in China has to be skilled at disguising the expected bribes as not a bribe.

But I wouldn't be surprised that the FCPA has teeth only when trying to take down the lesser campaign contributor.

Imhotep

United States

#5614 Apr 25, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
I would hazard a guess that "Pay to Play" is a major problem in China.
And this butts heads with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Any US business operating in China has to be skilled at disguising the expected bribes as not a bribe.
But I wouldn't be surprised that the FCPA has teeth only when trying to take down the lesser campaign contributor.
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done, so now I just have to fill in the rest.

A while ago, I went skiing in England. It was a rare package: two weeks in England, one night in Connecticut, two weeks in England. I said, "Yes, I'll take it."

I got on this chairlift with this guy I didn't know. We went halfway up the mountain without saying a word. Then he turned to me and said, "You know, this is the first time I've gone skiing in ten years."

I said, "Why did you take such a long time off?"

He said, "I was in prison. Want to know why?"
I said, "Not really. Well, you better tell me why."

He said, "I pushed a total stranger off a Ferris wheel."

I said, "I remember you."
;)

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#5615 Apr 25, 2013
Why Do Atheists Ridicule Christianity?

Well when somebody gives you so much material to work with it would be criminal not to.

“Right click Left click Yay!”

Since: Dec 10

Nehwon

#5616 Apr 26, 2013
Imhotep wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done, so now I just have to fill in the rest.
A while ago, I went skiing in England. It was a rare package: two weeks in England, one night in Connecticut, two weeks in England. I said, "Yes, I'll take it."
I got on this chairlift with this guy I didn't know. We went halfway up the mountain without saying a word. Then he turned to me and said, "You know, this is the first time I've gone skiing in ten years."
I said, "Why did you take such a long time off?"
He said, "I was in prison. Want to know why?"
I said, "Not really. Well, you better tell me why."
He said, "I pushed a total stranger off a Ferris wheel."
I said, "I remember you."
;)
Your name wouldn't happen to be Bucky Goldstein, would it?

And you have a dog you named Stay?

:D
Imhotep

United States

#5617 Apr 26, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
Your name wouldn't happen to be Bucky Goldstein, would it?
And you have a dog you named Stay?
:D
I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep it on all the beaches of the world... Perhaps you've seen it?

I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of an Ouija board. You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it.

Thanks to my buddy Steven Wright

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#5618 Apr 26, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Interesting. I wonder how their nascent space program will do, as their infrastructure begins to age?
They have so many other problems to address with their new wealth, I'd be surprised if they spend much of it re-inventing the wheel. Their hardware seems impressive though. The real shame is not inviting them to participate in the ISS or other international cooperative projects. Space exploration needs to be a 'human effort' above and beyond politics.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#5619 Apr 26, 2013
RHill wrote:
<quoted text>
They have so many other problems to address with their new wealth, I'd be surprised if they spend much of it re-inventing the wheel. Their hardware seems impressive though. The real shame is not inviting them to participate in the ISS or other international cooperative projects. Space exploration needs to be a 'human effort' above and beyond politics.
Oh, absolutely I agree-- humanity needs to put aside their petting squabbles, and go cooperative with space.

I know from the various personal anecdotes of astronauts, they all feel that way-- in space, everyone is human first.

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#5620 Apr 26, 2013
greymouser wrote:
<quoted text>
I would hazard a guess that "Pay to Play" is a major problem in China.
And this butts heads with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Any US business operating in China has to be skilled at disguising the expected bribes as not a bribe.
But I wouldn't be surprised that the FCPA has teeth only when trying to take down the lesser campaign contributor.
Guanxi

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

Yeah, a lot of stuff in China revolves around that and it doesn't sit well with the way we do business in the west.

Trouble is, I don't think China is too worried about how we do things, as they're off forging their own alliances and to hell with the west.

Where we once led, we may well be in danger of becoming little more than observers.

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