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It's always a shame that atheists with a high profile are usually English! Are Americans scared to "come out"? I realise that Americans who declare themselves to be atheist are risking all. Loss of face, family, career, business, etc. . The World needs some brave Americans to "come out" and declare their non-belief.I'm English/Australian and actually enjoy telling people that I have no "faith" and that I don't believe in a god or gods. I like t get people thinking and questioning their ridiculous beliefs.
"Religion is just one more form of Totalitarianism if kept unchecked."Well put.
"Comedians are about the only ones who can say what they really think and get away with it. And even then, they have to leave some doubt as to whether they mean it or not." This is an old tradition as the court Jester could tell even the king the hard truth without risking punishment. He was the "fool" who could say what the king did not want to hear. Somehow I think kings that lasted over time learned that they needed someone who could bring the foolish reality into their courts. The other thing that the Jester brought was laughter and that along with honest expression is another ingredient to a well balanced life. Let's hear it for the fools who speak the truth and cause us to laugh at ourselves!
HAHA AWESOME VIDEO!
All the other videos he's made have been great and i'm sure this one is no exception. Before YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. were banned here i use to check up on him regularly. He's not as hilarious as George Carlin (how's that for an American truly "coming out," BTW) but he does have a dry, British-style intellectual humor that is a good substitute for George's religious sarcasm if we can't have the real thing. This is a little off-topic, but i think the Americans are being unfairly criticized here for not being proactive enough. We do have the Simpsons, the bus campaign, a growing non-religious sector and i believe a lot of posters on this site are from the US, as well. On the other hand, my favorite anti-religion blogger is Ken Humphrey's.
Someone was talking about this on Pharyngula recently. A study was cited in which it was demonstrated, through brain imaging, that different parts of the brain are involved when making statements such as "I went to the store yesterday" and "God exists". With the former, the parts used for critical reasoning are involved, but with the latter, the more primitive areas, involved in emotion, are being used. This is why they tell us that they know the experience to be "real", because they "feel" it to be so, and can't understand why we find that insufficient. It also serves to explain why they have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. As the fellow on Pharyngula said, "It's normal for all of us - when we're three!"I always come back to this - whether it's neurological (as I suspect, and as some evidence would now indicate), or learned behavior, they should be regarded as being developmentally challenged, and should under no circumstances be allowed to influence public policy. In other words, they shouldn't be voting. They're largely responsible for the economic mess in which we currently find ourselves.
"Are Americans scared to "come out"? I realise that Americans who declare themselves to be atheist are risking all. Loss of face, family, career, business, etc."Yes. This is exactly it. No politician could win an election if he/she came out. An actor would have a hard time getting cast. A teacher in my town coming out? Forget about it. Parents would be out for blood.Comedians are about the only ones who can say what they really think and get away with it. And even then, they have to leave some doubt as to whether they mean it or not.I wish we were as accepting of atheism over here. But it seems we are, for the most part, a nation of big mouths and small minds.
A few days ago his "aggressive atheism' video was featured as a feature video on the home page of Youtube. Of course, this meant thousands of views, and also, thousands of comments - the christians were out in full force in an attempt to degrade Mr.Condell, the most humourous accusation was to call him 'gay' (like that's a bad thing?)I found the comments to be just as entertaining as the video, but with thousands of comments, and Youtube's lack of consistency in posting them correctly, I could only read so many. The same silly rebuttals by the Xtians - Stalin and Pao Pot killing millions because they were atheists, what's there to live for if you don't get to live in eternal bliss with an afterlife? Quotes from the bible to prove the bible is true . . . ad nauseum!I've subscribed to his channel and always look forward to new videos from Mr.Condell.
But Pat, tell us how you REALLY feel!...as substantial as a meringue! Love it!
Hi godfree! Your wish is my command, you can find Pat Condell's videos with sub-text at http://dotsub.com/view/user/patcondell Enjoy!
This is why I find religion and belief in god/gods so loathsome! There are so many people who live their whole lives according to their delusions, judging others along the way and condemning those who do not believe what they believe.Sad times, indeed!
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