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commented on Ben
6 days ago
Congrats & please keep up the great work!!
commented on Pearls Before Swine
about 1 month ago
I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I visited one when I was about 11 (a small one, not an industrial one), and I saw the farmer carrying a chicken. I asked what he was doing, and he suddenly took the chicken by the head and violently swung it around to wring its neck. Shocked me out of my shoes! Not a pet, but after that, I didn’t want to eat chicken for a while (but I got over it).
Hey, maybe we do like the BBQ places do with pigs…the cows who can write poetry get to live and serve as the signboard mascots for the restaurants that are serving their non-literary brethren inside!
And I appreciate it. I’ll admit I haven’t made a huge study of the ins and outs of atheism and its ethics…my law practice keeps me busy enough now, so maybe when I retire. And I don’t normally jump into the whole believer v. atheist debate, especially on this, a COMICS website, but this cartoon was just an open invitation. I’m not under any illusion that forums like this are going to change anyone’s belief system, but it’s been fun. But in leaving for the night, I really would like your thought on a statement I saw on a message board a few years ago (my apologies…I can’t remember what board it was). But someone CLAIMING to be an atheist actually wrote (paraphrasing) “I’ve spent years flying around the world on jetliners and I’ve never seen an old man with a beard sitting on a throne on top of the clouds.” Seriously?
Poorly informed? Sure, I haven’t gone to every atheist website or made it a course of study, or anything like that. I’m simply replying to the comments I’ve seen from atheists in places like boards like this one, letters to the editors in various papers, etc. And what they have universally done (at least in those forums) is express complete disdain for people who “believe in imaginary beings”, and then get self-congratulatory that they themselves believe in “logic and reason”. Therefore, my effort to keep my comments very “coldly” limited to “logic and reason”. You summarily dismiss my comments because “not all atheists FEEL the same way about everything”? That’s it? (At least Ermine was kind enough to respond to my points.) But I’ll plead guilty to not have exhaustively studied the positions of various atheists. But is that all that different from the non-Christians who think that all Christians believe the Earth is 5000 years old or that Adam & Eve had pet dinosaurs? Sorry, but your blanket condescending dismissal of my comments is no different.
OK, some questions/observations for our atheist friends:
1. I keep hearing atheists say, “I can be good without a god”. But who defines “good” if there is no outside “referee”? It would be whatever the majority or the most powerful say it is. If you’ve been raised in Western society, you’ve been raised in places that have been controlled or heavily influenced by Judeo-Christian values for centuries, so of course you’ll accept that it’s “good” to, say, help the less fortunate. But what about your “logic and reason”? Why would it be logical to help those who aren’t benefitting you in some way? If this one existence is all there is, wouldn’t the only “logical” actions for an atheist be those things that make your own life more pleasurable or longer, or a combination of the two?
2. Do atheists consider Mother Theresa and Gandhi to be putzes? After all, they each gave up significant material comfort to benefit others. Since (as you believe) there was no reward waiting for them “on the other side”, what did they get? It seems to me instead that atheists would hold people like Stalin and Mao in the highest esteem…absolute power over so many others, with millions of people serving your every whim. And then dying a natural death at the height of your personal power.
3. Are you ok with the idea that people like Mother Theresa and Gandhi end up with the same ultimate (non) consequence for their lives as Hitler, Stalin, Ted Bundy, or Pol Pot? I have the same criticism for Universalists..(God: “Good work Mother Theresa! And you, Pol, get over here you rascal so I can give you a noogie!”)
4. Where do you all live that people are constantly “pushing religion down your throats”? I’ve lived all over the country and, other than an occasional LDS or JW missionary, I’ve never encountered that.
5. All of those constant references to Deuteronomy and Leviticus are misplaced. Those are ancient Jewish scriptures, not Christian ones. The whole Christian doctrine is that Christ removed the burden of following those hundreds of rules. They are in “the Bible” to show how the faith developed and progressed. (And yes, I agree that there are some Christian fundamentalists who need to realize this point too).
5. What am I missing out on by being a believer? I have a number of atheist friends, and they are all living pretty much like everyone else I know. And I had to shake my head when one of these friends complained that her (now) ex-husband ran off with a waitress…she actually complained about him committing adultery! (If he was also an atheist, and running off with the waitress made his own life feel better, then why not?)
6. Why is it only Christianity that gets attacked by atheists? I never see attacks on Hindus, Pagans, or the scattering of people who still believe in the Greek or Nordic gods? And despite the high volume of criticism being against those ancient Jewish books from the Old Testament, I rarely hear of Judaism being criticized.
7. Want a true picture of human beings without any “religious contamination”? No, it’s not in that stupid John Lennon song “Imagine”. Try looking up North Sentinel Island. The inhabitants there have never had any meaningful communication with any outsiders in tens of thousands of years. Their “philosophy” on dealing with their fellow humans? “If you’re not part of our tribe, and you come onto our territory, you die!” So where is that “inherent” human value of universal love and brotherhood?
commented on Nancy
3 months ago
I’ve lived near the beach most of my life, and while hurricanes are definitely a hazard, you have plenty of warning that they are possibly coming toward your location. But I look at people who live in the central part of the country and am amazed that they can deal with the threat of tornadoes that can be on you with a lot less warning. But the beach on nice days (which is the vast majority of the time) is heaven (to me, anyway). :)
commented on F Minus
over 1 year ago
The ducks at our local pond are used to eating bread CRUMBS, not nice bread SLICES. I guess that’s the kind of thing Tony was trying for.
commented on Rose is Rose
almost 2 years ago
Unfortunately, I have a number of unpleasant memories of doing that dance…a VERY animated one, it is!!
commented on Working Daze
almost 2 years ago
I agree wholeheartedly!! I LOVE your strips, guys, no matter whose ox is being gored! Gives my day a little lift. Please keep it up!! Come on, people…it’s a COMIC strip!
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