Jesus Christ, I realize that updates have been few and far between
lately. I've been working on this project that I'd briefly mentioned
in a Myspace blog at Thanksgiving, and it's coming along beautifully,
if I do say so myself. I believe you'll be seeing "the
project" by the beginning of next week. Oh, and you'll
know it when you see it.
BDSM JESUS MAGNETS are being printed right now! I just approved
the sample set and THEY LOOK AWESOME!
I haven't gotten such a strong response from any of the magnets
since the original as I have for this one. I'm really quite
anxious to have them all here so I can begin doling them out
into the world.
next stop on The
Tour looks like it's going to be Kentucky in Febuary! I'm
hoping to go get a glimpse of the new Creation
Museum "Prepare to Believe." I've been dying to
see this place ever since before it even existed! So if you're
out there in Kentucky and would like to take part in the festivities
that'll be accompanying us, email either Trisha
or I and we'll make sure you're on the boat! No joke, you
will not want to miss this particular showing in KY. The dates
are still being worked out. More to come this week, so stay
|“...there is that thing called "Freedom of speech...well
as a Christian I have my Freedom of speech also.”
Subject: Wasted talent
I'm sorry to say that you are wasting your talent for
art. My 8 yr old grandaughter just showed me your "Dress
Up Jesus" site. Why would you do something like
that....oh yeah for all the Atheists...well I'm not
one and think that you should think twice about messing
with God! I know this is just my opinion and there is
that thing called "Freedom of speech...well as
a Christian I have my Freedom of speech also."
Let me begin by saying that I am not at all appreciative of the
opinions you've voiced here in this email to me this
afternoon. You may have the Right to Freedom Of Speech
as well, but just so you know I have my right to Freedom
of Speech too, which permits me to express my lack of
appreciation for your feedback.
I regret that you had to feel the full wrath of that
amendment gone full circle, but it's precisely what
you should expect when you exercise your rights. I hope
you learned a good lesson here today!
|“I didn't learn anything”
I didn't learn anything...I still feel the same way
about mocking Jesus Christ. What I wish I had done was
not been so upset when I wrote you. I just saw the look
on a child's face that didn't understand why someone
would want to put a Devil costume on Jesus and so on.
I was offened.
Nomally I would have just closed the page, but felt
I had to speak up. I would never intentionally hurt
someone's feelings and I'm invious of anyone who can
draw, paint, or do computer art, but I really thought
it was what I had to do. I do appologize for hurting
you personally, but still don't like that particular
artwork. I think you are a talented artist and wish
you success. I just feel the way I feel. I'm not on
some crusade to trash you or your site...I'm done!
I wasn't at all upset by your email. I was sorta just
joking because it surprised me that you didn't think
I was aware of your right to free speech, and that this
is something atheists forget when they voice their beliefs.
It struck me as funny, and I couldn't resist making
light of your insight, just a bit.
I relate to your concern for how this all effects children,
but I'm on the other side of the coin. I think it is
far more harmful to teach those fables about Jesus,
Heaven & Hell to them and others who believe differently
suffer forever in a lake of fire, and it is still somehow
possible for you to enjoy paradise while they burn.
To me that is far more disturbing than my game page
of a fictitious character. There's a whole planet of
people out there your child thinks are doomed to burn
eternally after they're in the grave. How do you think
a child translates this?
I hope you don't mind me mocking you a little. It's
just so crazy to me to think there's really full grown
adults out there who believe in the gods and angels
and a paradise while others burn. It's really extremely
funny ...if you're not who you seem to be.
|“Do you remember when you were 6 months old? (you will probably
answer yes to this question just to be an ass,
but that's OK, we all know you don't remember)”
If you are truly an atheist, then why do you care what
other people believe? I mean according to you we all
die then nothing, right? In addition, you say that you
didn't exist before you were born--could it be that
you just don't remember? Do you remember when you were
6 months old? (you will probably answer yes to this
question just to be an ass, but that's OK, we all know
you don't remember)
The fact is you cannot prove atheism is correct any
more than a Muslim can prove Islam, so in effect you
just BELIEVE there is no God--therefore there is no
purpose to life, and no reason to exist. Which begs
the question, why do we exist?
Interested to see your answer,
As a matter of fact I DO remember being 6 months old! I even remember
being born and I remember thinking to myself "Hey,
I don't remember existing yesterday? Interesting."
So wait. You're of the train of thought that we all
did indeed exist before we were born? Like, were we
angels in heaven before that? Or is that what cherubs
are? This sort of thinking sounds more reasonable to
you than evolution? You do realize that evolution has
been proven by science? I mean, there's evidence for
it that proves it true. You understand that, right?
If you think that without gods to worship there's no
purpose to life, then you need to look around at life
a little more. See all the people walking around? Wouldn't
you say they're worth some sort of effort and purpose?
And what about the people you love? Is it only your
god that gives them any sort of value? I have to tell
you that your sort of thinking strikes me as immensely
more unreasonable and dehumanizing. And that's precisely
the reason why I care about what others believe.
People's beliefs really affect their thoughts on the
value they put on others.
Interested in your answers.
This letter was sent twice, a week apart, because I wasn't responding.
|“Please, don't do silly, immature and offensive things in
the name of atheism. Don't give the rest of us
a bad name.”
I'm sorry about the long-windedness about this, but
religion really pisses me off and most people act all
shocked if I say so, even if they aren't religious personally.
It's like this hyper respect for religious faith. I
would think somebody who liked to eat grass pretty bizarre.
So would everybody else. But if they then said "I
belong to a religion where eating grass is a way to
connect with God," nobody would challenge them,
or even suggest that eating grass was not a particularly
good way to look after their digestive system. Richard
Dawkins wrote about it in the God Delusion, chapter
2 I think.
You are possibly the most abnormal person I've ever
JOIN THE CLUB! lol.
I'm also an atheist. I've spent most of my night (that
was a week or so ago) emailing fundamentalist Christian
anti-abortionists with this:
Jesus did not shun prostitutes. He did not recoil with
disgust from lepers or throw thieves in jail. He had
nothing to do with the fundamentalists of his time,
who as you may recall eventually executed him. If Jesus
Christ were here today he would not be screaming insults
at doctors and harassing distraught women. He'd be in
the waiting room comforting them.
Not a single response. Naturally.
It just irritates me that people can be such total sheep.
If you come out with something they have no answer to
(ie. any one of the fifty-odd proofs that nobody with
a functioning brain can believe in God) they just say
it's all about faith, that you can't approach it with
logic. Religion, particularly Christianity, would have
to be the single biggest enemy of thought in the world.
If I stopped thinking I would probably be religious.
Like this one: (Reasons for Believing in God, forget
where it comes from. Some atheist humour site).
1. I want money.
2. I don't feel like working for money.
3. People are gullible.
4. I can convince gullible people to believe just about
5. Therefore I will convert them to my cult.
6. And fleece them of all their money.
7. I will then be rich.
8. Therefore, God exists.
Anyway, I contact you as an atheist to suggest that
maybe some of the content on your site isn't the most
appropriate. We are already stereotyped as immoral and
all the rest of it. The Dress Up Jesus/Mohummad isn't
particularly funny, it's just immature and unnecessarily
provocative. So is the extensive use of profanities.
Nobody needs the dressups to convince them that you
are a talented artist. There are enough inoffensive
examples. (IE: Sheeples - those were provoked, and they
use actual quotes, not dressing up somebody that millions
of people admire as a baby or a clown or a prositute
or a christmas tree or whatever.)
My biggest complaint of religion is that people do evil
things in the name of religion. Please, don't do silly,
immature and offensive things in the name of atheism.
Don't give the rest of us a bad name.
I know that you aren't going to remove the content.
If a million Christians firing profanities at you (many
saved on my computer, amidst much mirth, under the title
'Charming Christian Charity.doc') doesn't stop you,
one relatively polite atheist isn't going to, and I
accept that. But please put this email up on your site.
I think we look a lot more reasonable to people trapped
and trying to escape from religion if they don't think
that we all get amusement from dressing up people who
have been dead for 2000 years in stupid costumes, just
because some idiots see fit to worship them as demigods.
I have seen firsthand examples of how trapped people
feel when they have been raised religious and face being
shunned and disinherited by their family, abandoned
by their friends, and scorned by their workmates if
they abandon their faith. In some countries the penalty
is death. When you've been raised as a Christian, even
if you no longer believe that there is an all-powerful
magical being that will torture you for eternity because
you said Jesus Christ it's hot today, the indoctrination
is hard to dump when you see some guy pretending to
be Satan dressing up your savior as a goat.
Have you ever read any of Richard Dawkins books? I just
finished the God Delusion and he quotes a letter where
a woman who has abandoned her faith to the point of
counseling people who want to escape from Christianity,
still goes speechless and shaking when Hell is mentioned
because of the childhood indoctrination she received.
It can't be easy when you're brought up to love Jesus
more than your family members to decide that he died
2000 years ago. Maybe a bit of sensitivity - some links
on the front page even - would go a long way.
PS: MAKE MORE SHEEPLES! They are fricken hilarious.
I saved, like, half of them. I didn't even see what
I saved them as because I couldn't read the screen through
tears of laughter.
If anybody asks me for proof that Christians are incapable
of thinking, I will be forced to direct them straight
PPS: You so have to change the background colour (or
text maybe) of your Myspace page, it's almost unreadable.
PPPS: Why do Indians bother sending you profanities
in Hindi anyway?
PPPPS: And why the hell do Christians post on your Myspace
page expecting that their tag will make you fall on
the floor going "Jesus! Jesus! I repent!"
Holy cow! Now I remember your email and why I didn't respond the
first time you sent it. It's HUGE! It's like a really
big email times 2! No wait. Times 3! I remember receiving
it a week or so ago and trying to get through it on
many occasions, but getting distracted by the clock
ticking away. Then I'd imagine me writing out responses
to all of your points and I pictured me growing a long
beard and my fingernails getting so long I could no
longer type on the keypad. Things get scary over here
when lengthy complaints from atheists/agnostics land
on my door step. Readers complain, time slows down to
a snail's pace, and my head starts to ache at the thought
of non believers who wanna give Jesus props for being
a cool dude.
Sarah, Jesus is pretend. You really don't have to think
very hard about it to realize that his life story is
one huge make-believe, hugely embellished tale that's
survived the test of no-evidence because it gives people
hope and the promise of jackpot prizes at the end.
Sarah, you're also contradicting yourself. You LOVE
the Sheeples, whose very concept is the outright mocking
of stupid beliefs. How would you defend your laughter? "Those were provoked, and they use actual quotes,
not dressing up somebody that millions of people admire
as a baby or a clown or a prositute or a christmas tree."
I believe that the survival of Christianity (and all
surviving religions) owe their success to non believers
who show their respects. This attitude you, and many
non believers have about not disrespecting foolish beliefs
is tiresome. It's an umbrella that protects and permits
the spreading of their foolishness. It is my belief
that it gives atheists a bad name when you defend the
likes of Jesus for being such a well thought up protagonist.
Whether you mean to or not you're aiding the single
biggest enemy of thought in the world when you do this.
If you enjoy Dawkins, you should also read Sam Harris.
I strongly recommend his "Letter
To A Christian Nation." In it he has no problem
illustrating just how foolish he thinks Christian beliefs
are, and addresses the issue you've brought to the table.
It's less than 100 pages and brilliant.
You may have already known my stance on this, but there
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