The Funnies

The funny stuff.

Maybe that Pledge does need fixing

21 Jan 2009

This blurb finds itself attached to email forwards (hello again, cute kittens, awesome videos, and "good ol' days" pastiches!), and supposedly comes via comedian Jay Leno:

With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

All righty; that's blandly cute as a one-liner. But come on, you just know that American fundies will take the gag as an actual warning against de-godding the Pledge. For the flag-waving, school-prayer-ing crowd of fearful out there, let me note:

Yeah, with hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, having God in the Pledge of Allegiance is working out so well for us.

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Religious cartoons: They're not all funny

19 Jan 2009

I like linking to cartoons and other religious humor – but God yuks aren't always funny. Especially when they're attempts at humor by the terminally fundamentalist, a brand not known for its jocular outlook.

Case in point: some soulless inksplots called "Monkey's Cuz". Ready to split a gut?

height of Creationist humor

Get it? Scales and scales! Hoo-haw! Okay, recovered yet from your aching sides? Not so fast; this keen-witted Michaelangelo isn't letting you off so easily! Readeth thou more

The philosopher speaks

9 Jan 2009

Epicurus opines on the problem of God and evil. Smart guy!


Incidentally, the "33 A.D." bit seems to throw people off. It seems clear to me that it's not intended as a date for Epicurus' quote (he lived centuries earlier), but points to the death of Jesus as an atheist "win". Which is a jab that's unnecessarily inflammatory, irrelevant to the quote, and odd too, too, as Jesus' alleged killers weren't atheists. Readeth thou more

New year, new fun stuff online

3 Jan 2009

Sure, the new year should begin around December 21, but the meaninglessly arbitrary January 1 will just have to do. Whatever the date, it's sure exciting to celebrate this celestial milestone that's only happened... what, about 6000 times before, right?

Starting the new solar go-round with some randomly-spotted items of note:

Commit blasphemy on your tabletop!

While there may be even more fun ways to blaspheme atop the dining room table, the Blasphemy board game and "Jesus smack down" by Pinstripe Publishing seems ready to offend any true believer. It's unfortunate that the $99 price tag (presumably a matter of low production runs) will keep the game out of many hands.

Atheists and Anger

One of my pet fundie whines is, "If you don't think God is real, why do you rail against Him?" We don't; we rail against foolish and harmful belief in unproven ideas, a human failing that is real. Along those lines, the article Atheists and Anger is excellent read for anyone, atheist or not. 

Backward evolution?

Blogger The Raving Atheist has decided to become The Raving Theist, according to a Jesus-embracing post that offers no reason for the change of faith. Is this meant to be a real conversion, a la novelist Anne Rice's turn to a different kind of undead? Or is it a big, if not particularly clever, Poe?

I suspect the latter. In any case, while the post doesn't offer anything of substance, the comments debate raged mightily. I enjoyed many of the remarks, such as these:

Bobby Johnson on "personal relationships" with God: "Pray tell, just how does one have a personal  relationship with an invisible, intangible, weightless, soundless, and scentless  critter devoid of any heat signature detectable by NASA?"

Jason Failes on "I see evidence of God in trees and stars": "...and why is it always trees and stars?  Why does no one ever say "malaria, AIDS, genetic disorders, birth defects,cometary impacts, polio, and bot flies"?" 

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