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  1. The message of this video is primarily is that atheists are your next door neighbours. This gathering is just like another other outdoor gathering of humans. They are not isolated people who have beards and black turtlenecks and thick rimmed glasses. They are much less scary than a gang of tattooed biker rapists.

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      …atheists are your next door neighbours.

      Can’t remember which atheist group sponsored it > for a while there were billboards with photos of smiling,”normal”, godless folk.

      • In reply to #10 by bluebird:

        In reply to #1 by Roedy:

        …atheists are your next door neighbours.

        Can’t remember which atheist group sponsored it, for a while there were billboards with photos of smiling,”normal”, godless folk.

        Hi Bluebird,

        That was the Freedom From Religion Foundation campaign – there was about 65 different posters of mostly regular people, but included some ‘names’, including RD…. Mac.

  2. Once it (a God virus) gets in somebody’s head it doesn’t give a damn about you. All it wants to do is get to another person. That other person can be your children, grandchildren or your next door neigbour. It wants to go from your brain to somebody else’s brain just like Toxoplasma gondii wants to get from one rat’s brain to a cat’s gut and then into another rat’s brain. The organism is only using you as what we call a vector, And a mosquito passes on malaria. It is just the vector for the malaria plasmodium. So we see this. Religions are just parasites. And they act like parasites. Once you realise that metaphor it just makes so much sense.
    ~ Darrel Ray

    In that segment I watched fundamentalists slip into and out of a sort of trance where they would mindlessly and listlessly repeat gibberish and cant, unaware that they were making no sense. It reminded me of all those zombie/plague horror movies where ordinary people turned into monsters from some sort of infection trying to infect others.

  3. “Again you can look around the world. You don’t see a lotta Muslim nations pretendin’ they’re not Muslim. I believe it is time for America to quit pretendin’ we’re not Christian. If there are people in North Carolina who don’t like that there’s lots of places you can move to. If you know who they are, encourage ’em to move.”
    ~ Dr. David Gibbs III Christian Law Association

    How can Christians talk like this and get away with pretending they are about sweetness and light? Gibbs is a thug, an out of costume KKKer.

    • In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmR50JGCGcY
      Part 2 of 5
      I could not find the3, 4, 5

      I’m still editing the next three. I’ll post them as they get finished — probably in about a month or so, since I won’t have much time to work on them over the next few weeks since I’m giving a presentation at Oil Painters of America in Texas, and then participating in an art show at a museum in Oklahoma City. Seeing all the positive reaction to 1 and 2 gives me a boost of enthusiasm to keep working on the rest of it!

  4. I’d like to say to Seth the gullible young man saying “if you go down that road you’ll be shot by robbers” and equating that with “if you don’t follow Jesus, you’ll go to Hell”, and claiming that warning or even imprisoning his family members is therefore justified; that your analogy isn’t a valid one, you don’t know that is true, you simply believe it.

    Your analogy is basically a more sophisticated version of “don’t step on the cracks in the pavement or the bears will get you”, and contains the same amount of justification to change one’s behaviour, that is: none

    • In reply to #8 by N_Ellis:

      I’d like to say to Seth the gullible young man saying “if you go down that road you’ll be shot by robbers” and equating that with “if you don’t follow Jesus, you’ll go to Hell”, and claiming that warning or even imprisoning his family members is therefore justified; that your analogy isn’t a valid o…

      Yes, I thought Seth’s statement, along with Ruth’s tears at all the people she “knew” were going to burn in Hell, were the clearest insight into the mindset of the religious. IF what they believe is true, then they are doing the right thing. To save someone from being murdered down a road it would be moral to even use force to keep them from going down the road. The real problem with this reasoning, as you point out, is his certainty of something he has no right to actually be certain of. This is why using reason and evidence, rather than simply believing something from your heart is so important, be it religion, or invading a country because you are “certain” they have WMDs and nuclear weapons they plan to use against you.

  5. It was encouraging to see such a large group of happy people, delighted to be in the company of the like minded. The attitude of most of Nth American’s , that it’s somehow shameful to be an atheist, puts people in a very lonely place, socially. I look forward to the day when those with common sense are in the mainstream and hopefully the majority. This must be the situation in countries like Denmark and Sweden.

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