Class Warfare Blog

March 20, 2017

I Just Don’t Understand

Filed under: Culture,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 7:29 am
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There is a continuing debate over what an atheist is. That this debate continues is baffling. I read about agnostics, hard atheists, soft atheists, militant atheists (Oh, my!), etc. The only reason I can imagine for carrying on these conversations (they are not debates) is they provide opportunities to disparage atheists. I will make this simple: there is a one question test to determine your status as an atheist. Here it is:

Question: Do you believe in the existence of a god or gods?

If you answer “no” then you are an atheist. If you answer “yes” then you are a theist of some stripe (there are literally thousands of variations).

If you answer “I do not know,” then you are an idiot. The answer “I do not know” applies to questions that one hasn’t considered in full or at all or cannot come to a conclusion based upon the evidence offered. This “question” is at the center of all organized religions and if you have had any contact with a religion at all, then you have considered this question. The few of us who have not had any contact with a religion are usual those raised by staunch atheists who deliberately didn’t teach their children about other people’s beliefs in their gods.

If you have addressed this question but decided that you will believe what everybody else believes, for whatever reasons, then you are an idiot.

If you have considered this question at length and still haven’t come to a conclusion, then you are also an idiot. Gods are supernatural beings, like fairies, unicorns, ghosts, zombies, etc. Do you have any evidence for the existence of any supernatural entity, any at all? If you do, please rush that information to researchers who have been looking for centuries for such evidence and found exactly zero.

If you are one of those who accepts the beauties of nature as evidence for the existence of your god, then you must accept that it is also evidence for the existence of all supernatural beings: unicorns, pixies, necromancers, and the rest, which puts you in a distinct minority … of idiots.

So, now that you know what characterizes atheists, can you tell me what they have in common?

If not, you have not been comprehending this as you have read it. Atheists do not believe in a god or gods. Other than that they have … nothing … else … in … common … except maybe exasperation with the people who deliberately do not understand that.

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12 Comments »

  1. Brilliant … I know I probably shouldn’t, but I just laughed out loud.
    Basically one is an atheist or …. an idiot!
    Love it.

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    Comment by Arkenaten — March 20, 2017 @ 8:51 am | Reply

    • To quote Popeye “I’ve had all I can stands and can’t stands no more.” I don’t want to be an intemperate blowhard, but I can play one on TV.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 20, 2017 @ 9:26 am | Reply

      • On that Bill Maher video I posted he says something along similar lines about the religious on one hand and sane people on the other.

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        Comment by Arkenaten — March 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am | Reply

        • Yeah, I watched that even though I had seen that before. We used to have journalists who spoke truth to power. All that remains are comedians who are willing to do so (Bill Maher, George, Carlin, etc.) They are the Court Jesters of our generation. Expect them to be attacked soon (maybe Trump not attending the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner is the first salvo).

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  2. You should really have a little conversation with the self-named ‘comedian,’ John Branyan. This idiot spends his life trying to assign to “atheism” everything under the sun.

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    Comment by john zande — March 20, 2017 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • How “little” can a conversation be; I’ve said my piece. It is because of idiots like Mr. Branyan that I went off in the first place.

      And I will be sending you a private email shortly. :o)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 20, 2017 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  3. As an atheist and occaisional idiot, I approve this message 🙂

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    Comment by shelldigger — March 20, 2017 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, than you very much … (mic drop) …

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 20, 2017 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  4. Actually, even being an atheist isn’t mutually exclusive with being an idiot. I grew up in a country where atheism was the default religious setting, and every religion was seen as the opium for the masses.
    Even an idiot could be an atheist is that’s all they’re taught at school and everywhere else.

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    Comment by List of X — March 20, 2017 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

    • Ah, but being an idiot is not the opposite of being an atheist. Being a theist who cannot think your way out of a paper bag should be one of the listed definitions in dictionarys, though.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 20, 2017 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  5. Pretty harsh …

    I have good friends and family who would answer your question with a “yes” … and yet I would be hard pressed to call them “idiots.” Misguided, ill-advised, mistaken, living in a make-believe world, maybe even foolish … but hardly “idiots.”

    This is not to say, however, that the “idiots” you speak of do not exist … especially on the internet. 😉

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    Comment by Nan — March 21, 2017 @ 11:33 am | Reply

    • #2 definition of “idiot” in Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a foolish or stupid person” with “stupid” being, of course, “slow of mind.” I think people often exagerate what they mean by “idiot.”

      Having said that, I admit I was being pretty harsh. I have been arguing that we shouldn’t be engaging in harsh rhetoric with theists but I expect I am “preaching to the choir,” in mine.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 21, 2017 @ 12:51 pm | Reply


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