Things Atheists Didn’t Do in 2009, Part 2

As promised, here’s the second half of the TADD list from 2009.  This are culled from the second half of last years leftover bookmarks.  They document all kinds of things things done by believers, from the horrific to the hilarious.

A group of 35 clerics in Saudi Arabia has declared that no woman should ever appear on TV, nor should any image of any women be allowed in any magazine or newspaper.    A woman who dared to not only appear on Saudi TV but to actually discuss sex was sentenced to 60 lashes.

This book wasn’t written by an atheist

In Illinois a gaggle of ignorant Christians, under the banner of the Illinois Family Institute,  have attempted to get The Friendly Atheist (who runs one of the calmest, least snarky atheism sites on the net) fired from his teaching position because he has a blog about . . . gasp! . . .Atheism!

In Minneapolis a pastor told his congregation a tornado was God’s way of punishing Lutherans for not hating gays enough.

In Kenya people, including children, are still being killed and maimed because someone, not an atheist, has labeled them a witch.

Muslim women should still be sexy under their Burkas, but only for their husbands.  With that in mind, a new line of body covering clothes will allow them to work out at the gym without their head scarves getting caught in the equipment.

Wiley Drake, who believes the nut job who murdered Dr. Tiller was an answer to his prayers, told his followers they should be praying for Obama’s death.

When Pastor Manning was questioned about using the N word while declaring Obama the antichrist, he justified it by explaining the word is also used by Kanye West, P. Diddy and Snoop Dog.  I was surprised to learn they were religious leaders too.

Islam forbids homosexuality.  Pedophilia with young boys is just fine, though, which isn’t surprising considering Mohamed was a pedophile.

This pastor, whose holy vestments consist of coveralls and a dirty t-shirt, is organizing a book burning.  Not only is he burning books written by fellow Christians he disagrees with, but any bible that’s not the King James version, which he considers the only true word of god.  Surprisingly, his congregation consists of only 14 people.

Novels, plays and, of course, cartoons are being withheld from publication or performance for fear of attacks by the Religion of Peace.

Four people drowned during a baptism ceremony in South Africa. People, people, you’re not supposed to hold them under that long.

Jehovah’s Witnesses berate the Catholic clergy, but they do have one big thing in common – sheltering, aiding and abetting pedophiles.  This is a transcript of a BBC documentary on the subject.  This is the first of a 13 part BBC series on the issue.  This is me having some fun at their expense over at the rather useless Yahoo Answers.

Here’s a good argument against becoming a religious vegetarian.  (Warning: This is a link to pictures of face piercings that are graphic and disgusting.)

If you’re a Muslim father in Phoenix, upset that your daughter has become too “westernized,” what do you do?  Run over her with your car, of course.  And just for good measure, hit her roommate too.   If you’re in Somalia, of course, you just half-bury her and then stone her to death.

Not being Muslim is no excuse for eating during Ramadan.

In Washington DC the Catholic Church says they help tens of thousands of people with adoption, homelessness and health care.  When DC proposed a same-sex marriage law, they lovingly threatened to pull out {insert your own birth control joke here} unless the law was changed to please them.

In Nigeria a 15-year-old-girl was put into protective custody to protect her from a lynch mob.  They wanted to murder her because they believed she had changed into a cat, and then back into a girl.

Warning: This next link contains extremely graphic, very disturbing photos. These are professional portraits of Muslim women who have had acid thrown in their faces.  If you are even slightly squeamish or prone to nightmares I recommend you move on to the next entry on the list.  These are horrible and heartbreaking.  This is not hyperbole.  If you still want to see them, click here.

And last of all, to finish things up on a lighter note, here’s a list of some incredibly stupid/funny things spewed by the overly religious.  One of my favorites: “I believe my son has a girlfriend, because she left a dirty magazine with men in it under his bed.”

6 Comment(s)

  1. Being from Minnesota, the decision made by Lutheran’s about allowing gays as pastors did get talk for about a week. Personally I have not run into a single person that think’s that was a bad idea. It is still embarrassing that there are still some major ass holes that honestly justify human rights violations.

    Seriously, how is the way gays are treated any different then interracial couples in the 50’s.. or women.. or minority’s.. there is no debate here! You can’t call your self a just and great society when you prevent rights to ANY group of people..

    m0nk3y | Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh sure, religious nuts do all that bad stuff… but then, sometimes they get together and create inspiring music videos.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go and eat my children….

    Parrot | Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. Eh, I have nothing against religion or atheism. I will note that atheism doesn’t suddenly cure insanity or complete stupidity. Many of the Christians mentioned are so extreme in their beliefs that they can be considered mentally imbalanced. Extreme forms of Islam seems to be much the same, and many more religious nuts seem to be suffering what appears to be mass brainwashing and an extremely black and white viewpoint.

    However, I don’t think all of us dropping religion will suddenly cure these problems. There’s still going to be people doing horribly cruel things regardless, and overall I don’t consider religion in of itself a bad thing, as long as you’re able to be flexible, sensitive, and able to keep a calm, rational, open mind. What people twist religion and personal beliefs into is sick at times, but then why not call for an end to organized religion? Why bother with ALL concepts of God? And why become an atheist if you’re already endowed with attributes that allow to live up to what is morally right, while still being able to perceive other viewpoints?

    Sarah | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

    ~ Blaise Pascal

    bobby | Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. So, here is an honest question.
    Is religion the cause of these problems, or is it simply human nature?
    If religion never existed, wouldn’t we simply find similarly stupid to kill and maim over?

    Jude | Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. That’s all ready happening. I’m not seeing what relevance the question has.

    bobby | Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

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