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(Some Confused Guy)   Atheists add holiday tree to courthouse lawn. "The Tree of Knowledge" is decorated with book covers, including the Holy Bible and the Quran. WTF?   (dailylocal.com) divider line 166
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2007-12-02 04:34:25 PM  
Corpus Delecti: Yesdog: C'mon. Let the child-like god-fearers have their xmas.

Admit it: you didn't read the article OR the headline. You just saw the word "atheist" and took it as a cue to jump in and be a jackass.

As for the article itself: The only reason why anyone would have a problem with atheists citing the Bible and Quoran as "books of knowledge" is if the person in question were a "Fark Atheist": that rare breed of dumbass who's only claim to be an "Atheist" because they figure they can annoy more people that way. Regardless of if you believe the various creation stories out there, only an idiot would deny that they represent Man's earliest attempts to understand the universe around him. I see little difference, on a psychological scale, between "The Earth sits on the back of a giant turtle" and "The universe is filled by, uh, 'Dark Matter', which is conveniently just as invisible as God."

Both are attempts by men to understand and explain the world around them, using the best knowledge available to them at the time. It's amazing to me how many Farkers claim to embrace "pure science", but then spend all of their time demonstrating that they have no idea how Mankind's struggle to understand the universe around him actually began. But then, most Farkers use Religion and Atheism the same way that most other people use professional football: as a reason to insult total strangers for completely idiotic reasons.


I think I'd have to disagree with you for two reasons. (1) The Bible and Koran do discuss man's search for wisdom but if you are going to list historical searches for the meaning of life, why stop with these? Add Aristotle, add Greek/Roman mythology, add Eastern religions also.

(2) If you do hold to an atheistic world view, then all of the above in my (#1) are hopelessly false and so internally inconsistent that they are a FAIL in their search for wisdom and the meaning of life. The athiests I have known haven't been militant about it, but regarded my faith in God and Christ as being as stupid as the regard I have for, say, worship of Zeus & company by the ancient Greeks/Romans.

Over the years I've lost contact with the one particular athiest with whom I discussed these matters most, but I think his perspective on the display would be the same as mine: You're doin' it all wrong!
 
2007-12-02 04:45:00 PM  
buckler
I suppose that if religion is all you have, then by comparison, atheists believe in "nothing". But if all you have is your religion, I think that's just sad.

Nihilists. Nihilists believe in "nothing".

Nussing, Lebowski!!!
 
2007-12-02 04:57:52 PM  
I'm an atheist and I'm sick of this kind of thing. For most Americans, Christmas is a cultural holiday, not a religious one. I celebrate it, as does most of my atheist/agnostic extended family. Last time I checked, there was nothing in the Bible about a jolly fat man coming down the chimney, and there was nary a mention of flying reindeer. Most of the images we associate with Christmas have pagan roots, from Christmas trees to Yule logs to Santa Claus himself. We don't need to create some hokey Festivus to replace it as long as we don't shut out people of other religions around the holidays.
 
2007-12-02 05:00:38 PM  
painendstheass: i love it when fark-tards reveal a complete inability to grok anything more nuanced than a guy getting hit in the jewels with a football

But dude! That is some funny chit, mang! (new window)
 
2007-12-02 05:06:50 PM  
edcro: I'm an atheist and I'm sick of this kind of thing. For most Americans, Christmas is a cultural holiday, not a religious one. I celebrate it, as does most of my atheist/agnostic extended family. Last time I checked, there was nothing in the Bible about a jolly fat man coming down the chimney, and there was nary a mention of flying reindeer. Most of the images we associate with Christmas have pagan roots, from Christmas trees to Yule logs to Santa Claus himself. We don't need to create some hokey Festivus to replace it as long as we don't shut out people of other religions around the holidays.

WINNAR
 
2007-12-02 05:22:51 PM  
Oldiron_79: WINNAR

What a sadly low threshold for win you have. All he said is the same as what 50% of the posts in here said.
 
2007-12-02 09:42:27 PM  
kidsizedcoffin 2007-12-02 01:46:31 AM
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

/Crowley is the closest thing to a religious figure I'll admire
//Anton Levay is a close second
///The church of satan had nothing to do with satan.
//We have a tradition here, on Xmas eve, we get drunk and listen to the satanic mass read by Anton Levay""
-----------------------------------


// ye may not know this, but those guys were all failed catholic priests
\\ their 'occult' was merely a poor imitation of their original religon, mix'd with some nascent egyptology..

their sucuses, if you could call it that, relied on the fact that few people know any history, nor had ever been in a foxhole
it was a good money making scam, well suited to frivolous faps with money but no brains

yes i read all about it.. all of it..
its fulla mind viruses..[cripples up teh thinking powers real gud]
 
2007-12-02 09:45:48 PM  
kidsizedcoffin 2007-12-02 01:57:02 AM
spyyder: Quran, read it people.

I think it comes in 2-ply now.""
//WIN
 
2007-12-02 11:36:44 PM  
This fall, the commissioners approved a policy that allows any group to put up a seasonal display if it meets design, insurance and safety requirements.

Fark, we have a mission. 70 foot tall Drew Curtis
 
2007-12-03 01:18:26 AM  
hey anyone else think the queen of hearts in that alice cartoon looks a bit like fred flintstone in drag ? no? ...oh
 
2007-12-03 01:41:19 AM  
Praise science!

/Can't believe no one said that yet
 
2007-12-03 03:14:44 AM  
Adding to the Tree of Knowlege:
Elaine Morgan's "Descent of Woman" FAR better than Old Desmond Mprris's Naked Ape
 
2007-12-03 09:00:02 AM  
Kome: We're just claiming that only an X-mas tree and a Menorah are exclusionary, and that's unconstitutional.

This has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
 
2007-12-03 10:02:47 AM  
A bunch of reasonable atheists? Who knew?
 
2007-12-03 10:28:34 AM  
Totally reasonable for the athiests to include everyone. Interesting that it seems to be the athiests who want to bring people together and acknowledge everyone while so-called Christians want these kinds of displays banned.
 
2007-12-03 02:05:19 PM  
hocho064: Kome: We're just claiming that only an X-mas tree and a Menorah are exclusionary, and that's unconstitutional.

This has to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.


How? If the policy that existed before was "only a Christmas tree and Menorah are put up" that is by definition excluding everyone who wants to put up something other than a Christmas tree or Menorah. That exclusion is primarily religious, as those are symbols that are so strongly tied to their respective religions, and thus it is unconstitutional.
 
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