Being an atheist is frustrating for many reasons. First and foremost is having to be called an atheist. I really don’t like that. I shouldn’t have to be labeled because I don’t believe in something. I mean we don’t have specific names for people that don’t believe your average farm yard chicken can fly. There isn’t a name we call groups of people that don’t believe trees are actually part of an alien conspiracy. So why should I have to label myself for not believing in any gods?
Second, is the constant religious shit that is thrown in my face on a daily basis by mainly Christians. Every single day at least one person wants me to share a post if I love their god. They want me to pray for something or someone. They believe some random act that worked out well for them or someone else is a miracle or that their god should be praised for it and they just have to share it on Facebook. It’s so completely silly and frustratingly stupid. But, I will admit anyone wanting me to share a post is annoying by nature. I have better things to do than to help propagate your silly opinions because you think some irrational shit is cute. Worse is people blaming every good thing on the god they believe in. They love to say how he works in mysterious ways or it’s all part of god’s plan. Giving god credit for every random event possible.
Note, the above meme with Bush is true. The meme we will be fact checking is posted below. I just thought this post needed another photo is all.
For example the other day I am reading a story about a family of three that was supposed to be on the flight that was shot down over the Ukraine. People were calling it a miracle. People were making comments about how their god works in mysterious ways. I thought my head was going to explode at the blatant stupidity and tragically desperate grasps at something to validate their irrational beliefs.
First of all, it wasn’t miracle. Miracles are good things that happens for which we don’t have a logical explanation for. Jesus walking on water, if it happened, I can understand why some would call it a miracle. A sick person with fatal illness recovers fully with no medical treatment. I can understand this as being called a miracle. I don’t believe it really is however I can understand why some simple minded folks would think so. It’s easy to blame all the good things that happen that we don’t understand as being caused by a god. Saves us the time of having to understand the Mathematics of Random Events.
This family chose to not get on the fatal flight. This is not an example of a Miracle. It has a simple explanation. The flight was overbooked. When they got to the airport, they were informed that they only had one seat left. Since they needed three seats, they opted to take another flight. God didn’t make the family sudden decide that it wasn’t a good idea that only one of them should take the flight. Who does that? Nor did he fate everyone else on that flight just so this family could live. They simply made the obvious choice to take a later flight. No miracle, no act of god, it was just another incompetent airline overbooking their flights at the expense of their customers and it happens hundreds if not thousands of times every day.
Third reason, shallow, ignorant people like George Bush Sr. Their hypocrisy and ignorance is just staggering. I don’t know what it is about religious people and their memes against atheist but they are almost always so full of shit. From claiming facts that are not true to offering up opinions that have no basis in science or fact. For example, the other day I see a religious meme that I guess was trying to point out all the atrocities committed by atheists. I didn’t fact check the meme because of the people it named as atheists, it lists Hitler as an atheists and this simply is not true. I don’t know where Christians get this idea that he was an atheists. He was a Christian, he tried to work with the pope, they were friends for a while. But, the biggest clue is that it is a well known fact that Hitler believed in the occult. You can’t be an atheist and believe in in any kind of mysticism like that. It’s like saying that because someone who doesn’t like catchup on his fruit loops doesn’t like catchup. No. Dude likes catchup he just doesn’t like it on his fruit loops. If the meme made that huge of a mistake I can logically assume the rest of it probably filled more misinformation as well.
As for us non believers, we want to know why. Our quest for knowledge and understanding doesn’t stop. Science sent us to the moon. Religion sends planes into buildings. So it is overwhelmingly frustrating for us to have this incredible amount of fantasy and mysticism thrown in our face on a daily basis.
That being said, I will be the first to admit that atheists can sometimes post the same ignorant bullshit that Christians do. If I ever see one, I out it in heartbeat. There is never an excuse to lie about something to make a point. Well, unless your life depends on it. Then go ahead and lie about it. I do however understand the frustration and sometimes the anger behind a lot of Atheist memes. It’s hard to not feel like your being attacked when all day, every day you are having the most ridiculous breaches in logic hurled at you. Religious people will never, ever grasp how offensive their behavior is to free thinking and logical human beings. So I understand the frustrations atheists feel. This however this does not mean that I believe everything that gets thrown at me by atheists.
I don’t believe that we need to take “In God We Trust” off our money. I don’t have a problem with people who want to believe in a higher power, I certainly do. Some people believe in Pikkiwoki, the Papua New Guinean mud god. I choose to believe in science and fact, it’s my higher power. What I have a problem with is people taking pride in their belief of total bullshit. People that are so arrogant about their belief they want to bash you over the head with it. I side with the atheists because even though they can be arrogant about things just like the religious can, at least they usually don’t make shit up to back up their beliefs.
When I see something posted to my timeline that makes claim to something, I like to fact check it if I have the time and if it’s something that is interesting to me. That leads me to what this post is actually about. This meme was posted by a group that I follow…
As I type this I don’t know if the claims made in it are true or not. My gut feelings is that it is more true than false and makes a pretty valid point. I will admit that it’s what I want to believe. It makes sense to me, it points out the hypocrisy and ignorance of religion and so I want to believe this meme is telling the truth.
For most people, this is where their thought process stop when it comes to Facebook posting. They see something, they and like it or believe it and then share it. They believe it’s true and they pass it on without a single thought that they may be helping to perpetuate stupidity. As mentioned, I like to fact shit before I pass it on. So let’s do a quick fact check on the accuracy of this meme.
The first statement is a quote of the bible. Psalm 14:1. I have read the bible three times cover to cover in my life time. I don’t recall this specific passage so let’s look it up. According to the website biblegateway.com this is pretty close to what the King James Version says. So this is an accurate quote.
Is Alan Turing a homosexual atheist? According to his Wiki page and several other sources this is true. In fact, “Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, when such acts were still criminalized in the UK.” Also, “He became an atheist and adopted the conviction that all phenomena, including the workings of the human brain, must be materialistic, but he still believed in the survival of the spirit after death.” So this definitely this true.
Is Bill Gates an atheist. This is common knowledge so I am not going to look it up. However, I don’t know if you’re using a windows based PC or not. I am. in any case, since Windows has a majority of the PC market I will go ahead and rate the statement as mostly true.
Did Tim Berners Lee develop the world wide web? Well, this is true according to several reliable sources. Click his name to read one. Is he an atheist? Yes, he’s a member of is a member of Atheist Alliance International.
Is Mark Zuckerberg an Atheist? I believe so but I am not positive so let’s see what we can find out. Well, just about every source I can find claims that he is so we’re going to call this one true.
My conclusion is that this meme is true in it’s facts.
Thanks to David Thorne and his brilliant emails that brought attention to the Papua New Guinean mud god. Click the link to read the emails. It’s not all about the mud god, it’s about a schools permission slip for a kid to go see a play about Easter. It’s hilarious!