To paraphrase my friend Jack who may have parphrased me…
Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been one week since my last blog…
Yesterday I found a FABULOUS list of intelligent folk who are self-professed atheists. Dear Readers in case you’ve been binge drinking and paying no attention I am among that atheistic number.
Since many of my heroes are listed among them I find a recent poll stating that the majority of Americans distrust and fear atheists to be depressing at best and unsurprising at worst.
To quote John Stuart Mill:
Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
To quote Rachael C. Black:
Although it is not true that all religious types are stupid people, it is true that most stupid types are religious.
|Eleven years of AA meetings has screwed with my head, but don’t they love it when I speak up and eschew the god thing. Heh.
Burn her! She’s a Witch!
Please note the purposeful use of the word RELIGIOUS and not spiritual. Although some days I’m not sure of the latter either.
|There are of course exceptions. Einstein was religious. Of course he was a Jew.
Burn him! He’s a Witch!
You can be religious and be very smart, and you can be atheist and a moron. It does seem like an awful lot of brilliant people are atheists though and the majority of fundies (FUNDIES dammit so no flames in the comments) are mindless sheep with IQs hovering between 90 to 115.
Read a quote by Marilyn Vos Savant (you gotta love her name) and a study on IQ and the correlation with a belief in god. Ms. Savant has an IQ over 200 so I bow to her wisdom in these matters as she actually USES it to learn and teach. The study she cited states simply that people with an IQ over 160 are far more likely to be atheists than those with IQs below 160. I’m not gonna tell you where my numbers fall on this scale but you can guess what it exceeds. For more information send a self-addressed postage paid envelope along with a groveling plea and check for $10.00.
Not that I’m arrogant about it.
Miss R: Reno’s Own Egomaniac with Low Self Esteem.
And that’s MISS Paradox to you.
I’m pretty sure that atheist morons have the same reasons for their belief as do brilliant religious people. Their belief is based on the emotional rather than the rational.
Lookee here there’s some commonality after all.
So, I am not a Godless Heathen since Heathens believe in many gods or at least not the Judeo-Christian-Islamic variety. I’m just godless.
Let’s get something straight here; just because I am an atheist does not mean I condone murder, adultery or stealing. Sure they’re all fun but I don’t condone them.
The study I referred to in the opening paragraph states the following information:
Americans do NOT like atheists and trust them less than they do other groups. The depth of this distrust is freakish
More than 2,000 randomly selected people were interviewed by researchers from the University of Minnesota.
Asked whether they would disapprove of a child’s wish to marry an atheist, 47.6 percent of those interviewed said yes.
Asked the same question about Muslims and African-Americans, the yes responses fell to 33.5 percent and 27.2 percent, respectively.
The yes responses for Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Jews and conservative Christians were 18.5 percent, 18.5 percent, 11.8 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.
When asked which groups did not share their vision of American society 39.5 percent of those interviewed mentioned atheists.
Asked the same question about Muslims and homosexuals, the figures dropped to a slightly less depressing 26.3 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively. Oh yeah less depressing.
For Hispanics, Jews, Asian-Americans and African-Americans, they fell further to 7.6 percent, 7.4 percent, 7.0 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.
There’s a lot more but the bottom line:
Atheists are seen by most Americans (especially conservative Christians) as freaks of nature and are, in the words of sociologist Penny Edgell, the study’s lead researcher, “a glaring exception to the rule of increasing tolerance over the last 30 years.”
Wow. Cool. I’m packing my bag for a trip to the re-education camps and getting ready to sew a patch of colored cloth on my jacket. Wonder what happens if these open-minded other Americans find out I’m Jewish by Injection and don’t tolerate authority well.
Say Good Night Rachael
Good night Rachael
The Atheist List:
Those Who Declare No Need for gods and some who have no need for the supernatural
(I have thoughtfully highlighted some of my heroes for your benefit)
Douglas Adams, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Woody Allen, Lance Armstrong, Darren Aronofsky, Isaac Asimov, Dave Barry, Ingmar Bergman, Lewis Black, Richard Branson, Berkeley Breathed, Warren Buffett, George Carlin, John Carmack, Adam Carolla, John Carpenter, Asia Carrera, Fidel Castro, Dick Cavett, Noam Chomsky, Billy Connolly, Francis Crick, David Cronenberg, David Cross, Alan Cumming, Rodney Dangerfield, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, David Deutsch, Ani DiFranco, Micky Dolenz, Harlan Ellison, Brian Eno, Richard Feynman, Harvey Fierstein, Larry Flynt, Dave Foley, Jodie Foster, Janeane Garofalo, Bill Gates, Bob Geldof, Ricky Gervais, Ira Glass, James Gleick, Robert Heinlein, Nat Hentoff, Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Hitchens, Eddie Izzard, Penn Jillette, Billy Joel, Angelina Jolie, Wendy Kaminer, Diane Keaton, Ken Keeler, Neil Kinnock, Michael Kinsley, Richard Leakey, Bruce Lee, Tom Lehrer, Tom Leykis, James Lipton, H.P. Lovecraft, John Malkovich, Barry Manilow, Todd McFarlane, Sir Ian McKellen, Arthur Miller, Frank Miller, Marvin Minsky, Julianne Moore, Desmond Morris, Randy Newman, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Gary Numan, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, Camille Paglia, Steven Pinker, Paula Poundstone, Terry Pratchett, James Randi, Ron Reagan Jr., Keanu Reeves, Rick Reynolds, Gene Roddenberry, Joe Rogan, Henry Rollins, Andy Rooney, Salman Rushdie, Bob Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Annika Sorenstam, George Soros, Richard Stallman, Bruce Sterling, Howard Stern, J. Michael Straczynski, Julia Sweeney, Matthew Sweet, Teller, Studs Terkel, Tom Tomorrow, Linus Torvalds, Eddie Vedder, Paul Verhoeven, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sarah Vowell, James Watson, Steven Weinberg, Joss Whedon, Ted Williams, Steve Wozniak, plus a hella more
The Agnostic List:
Those who Declare themselves agnostic
Margaret Atwood, Antonio Banderas, Susie Bright, Vincent Bugliosi, Robert X. Cringely, Clarence Darrow, Charles Darwin, Alan Dershowitz, Richard Dreyfuss, Umberto Eco, Timothy Ferris, Carrie Fisher, Stephen Jay Gould, Matt Groening, Bob Guccione, Robert (Bob) James Lee Hawke, David Horowitz, Bob Hoskins, Robert Jastrow, Matt Johnson, Jack Kevorkian, Larry King, Tony Kushner, Dave Matthews, Larry Niven, Neil Peart, Sean Penn, Roman Polanski, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, Dan Savage, James Taylor, Charles Templeton, Uma Thurman, Ted Turner, Robert Anton Wilson, yeah plus more
Unable to Declare Shit but apparently skeptical of theism or religion
Trey Anastasio, Richard Dean Anderson, John Perry Barlow, Michael Caine, Arthur C. Clarke, George Clooney, Billy Corgan, Dalai Lama, David Duchovny, Patrick Duffy, Danny Elfman, Kinky Friedman, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Spalding Gray, Seth Green, Stephen Hawking, Hugh Hefner, Sir Edmund Hillary, Molly Ivins, Mark Knopfler, Stan Lee, Monica Lewinsky, G. Gordon Liddy, Bill Maher, Marilyn Manson, Sarah McLachlan, Mojo Nixon, Krist Novoselic, Emo Philips, Natalie Portman, Christopher Reeve, Andy Richter, Oliver Sacks, William Shatner, Neil Simon, Mira Sorvino, Donald Sutherland, Mark Twain, Gene Wilder, Bruce Willis, Edward O. Wilson, Terry Wogan,
Fun yes? Yeah some of the above people make me cringe and I place them in the ’emotional atheist category rather than the scientific/logical category’. Barry Manilow? Angelina Jolie? -shudder-
Remember my credo and hold it close toyour dark little heart…
I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the Atheist Party.
Just the …..Let’s Party.