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(CNN)   CNN decides to try its hand at trolling, announces that the fastest growing religion is Atheism   (religion.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 357
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2012-10-09 09:32:45 AM  
Actually, they said that the fastest growing group is the religiously "unaffiliated," over half of whom still attend church and/or consider themselves "spiritual" and would certainly not label themselves as atheists. Although since there is no group easier to troll than online atheists, your headline will work just fine, subby.
 
2012-10-09 09:53:04 AM  
"... which is odd," the reporter said, "because evolution is just a theory."
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-10-09 09:54:06 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Actually, they said that the fastest growing group is the religiously "unaffiliated," over half of whom still attend church and/or consider themselves "spiritual" and would certainly not label themselves as atheists. Although since there is no group easier to troll than online atheists, your headline will work just fine, subby.


I don't know. Many people who attend church only go to keep their friends and family happy.
 
2012-10-09 10:21:13 AM  
Atheism isn't a reli.... Oooooh... Almost had me there, Subby.
 
2012-10-09 10:41:56 AM  
The fastest growing "religious" group in America is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey showing that one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.

well gee, I wonder why that might be the case...? ya think it has something to do with all the sex and drug scandals among 'mainstream' religions? or maybe that the megachurches are offensive right down to the genetic level...?
 
2012-10-09 10:47:07 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com

Obligatory.
 
2012-10-09 10:47:47 AM  
Fastest Growing Hobby Is 'Not Collecting Stamps'
 
2012-10-09 10:49:18 AM  
"The fastest growing "religious" group in America is made up of people with no religion at all..."

Not having a religion does not equal atheist, no matter how much atheists say it does.
 
2012-10-09 10:49:36 AM  
Making Online atheists angry is like shooting fish in a barrel. Trolling them is not even worthy of the word "trolling".
 
2012-10-09 10:49:43 AM  
In the USA Today article the non-affiliated were referred to as "nones".
 
2012-10-09 10:49:56 AM  
Unless you've never been to Reddit, I'm not sure this is trolling.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:20 AM  
I hope that the liturgical music includes some Muse; I'm really digging their back catalog.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:35 AM  
And bald is a hair color.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:40 AM  
I enjoy the safety of agnosticism. I'm not telling religious people or atheists that they're wrong or right. Just that me, I don't know or don't care to take a position.
 
2012-10-09 10:50:44 AM  
Atheism = not a religion.

Antitheism (which a majority of your vocal internet atheists subscribe to, whether they know it or not) = Most definitely a religion.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, it's a duck.
 
2012-10-09 10:51:06 AM  
I feel sorry for atheists; they don't get to use holy days as an excuse to get off of work. The benefit of being well informed seems somewhat less beside 10 extra days off a year.

/ *pokes the bear*
 
2012-10-09 10:51:15 AM  
It's like any other business, people are just getting bored with the product.

A slick marketing campaign might help. Offer some new incentives, maybe roll back restrictions.
 
2012-10-09 10:51:42 AM  
Does unaffiliated even include atheists?
 
2012-10-09 10:52:16 AM  
incidentally, the Catholic Church is VERY worried about the growth of 'secular' government and the 'lack of faith' among so many people. US evangelicals hate/fear anyone who isn't 'christian' (that includes atheists, pagans, Muslims, Buddhists or whatever).
 
2012-10-09 10:52:37 AM  

proteon: Unless you've never been to Reddit, I'm not sure this is trolling.


I wish Reddit would discover the religion of readable threads.
 
2012-10-09 10:53:42 AM  
ATHEISM IS NOT A RELIGION!!!

In the name of Darwin, Hitchens, & the Holy Dawkins...Amen.
 
2012-10-09 10:54:07 AM  

sodomizer: I enjoy the safety of agnosticism. I'm not telling religious people or atheists that they're wrong or right. Just that me, I don't know or don't care to take a position.


This...

Any god worth my praise wouldn't tell stupid humans about anything about it.
 
2012-10-09 10:54:48 AM  
Oh this thread should be fun.
 
2012-10-09 10:54:59 AM  

Weaver95: incidentally, the Catholic Church is VERY worried about the growth of 'secular' government and the 'lack of faith' among so many people. US evangelicals hate/fear anyone who isn't 'christian' (that includes atheists, pagans, Muslims, Buddhists or whatever).


Citation Needed.
 
2012-10-09 10:55:07 AM  
I have come to realize something in the past couple years...

Atheists who look down upon others for their religious beliefs are arrogant. You cannot win an argument with an Atheist, because it is about logic. Religion is about BELIEF. There is so much we don't know out there and to assume that we as humans are "it" is arrogant as hell, IMHO. But it really bothers me when Atheists look down on those who get happiness and serenity in their lives with religion. Of course, this is contingent on the fact that they are not religious nutjobs trying to convert everyone in their path.
 
2012-10-09 10:55:07 AM  
Subby is either a complete idiot with no reading comprehension skills or an evil genius proxy trolling via CNN.... I can't decide which.
 
2012-10-09 10:55:23 AM  

vpb: I don't know. Many people who attend church only go to keep their friends and family happy.


My aunt and uncle both attended Catholic services for nearly thirty years, both assuming the other one was happy with the church and not wanting to displease the other. One day the priest said something that was particularly egregious and my aunt asked my uncle, "Do you really believe in any of this nonsense?". Uncle agreed the Catholic Church and their contradictory and nonsensical doctrines had no place in their lives.

/too bad they can't get back the thousands of wasted hours
 
2012-10-09 10:55:33 AM  

iheartscotch: I feel sorry for atheists; they don't get to use holy days as an excuse to get off of work. The benefit of being well informed seems somewhat less beside 10 extra days off a year.

/ *pokes the bear*


We get our kicks in... sleeping in on Sunday.....not looking like some retard with dirt on our foreheads on some random Wednesday in the Winter.

*pokes back*
 
2012-10-09 10:56:07 AM  

Buttknuckle: I have come to realize something in the past couple years...

Atheists who look down upon others for their religious beliefs are arrogant. You cannot win an argument with an Atheist, because it is about logic. Religion is about BELIEF. There is so much we don't know out there and to assume that we as humans are "it" is arrogant as hell, IMHO. But it really bothers me when Atheists look down on those who get happiness and serenity in their lives with religion. Of course, this is contingent on the fact that they are not religious nutjobs trying to convert everyone in their path.


See, now that's your "traditional" atheism troll. Straightforward and kind of obvious... not like subby... not like subby at all...
 
2012-10-09 10:56:46 AM  

Buttknuckle: I have come to realize something in the past couple years...

Atheists who look down upon others for their religious beliefs are arrogant. You cannot win an argument with an Atheist, because it is about logic. Religion is about BELIEF.


Just to check, this is trolling, right? It's hard to tell sometimes.
 
2012-10-09 10:57:12 AM  

Carousel Beast: Weaver95: incidentally, the Catholic Church is VERY worried about the growth of 'secular' government and the 'lack of faith' among so many people. US evangelicals hate/fear anyone who isn't 'christian' (that includes atheists, pagans, Muslims, Buddhists or whatever).

Citation Needed.


well that was easy.
 
2012-10-09 10:57:17 AM  

tgambitg: Atheism = not a religion.

Antitheism (which a majority of your vocal internet atheists subscribe to, whether they know it or not) = Most definitely a religion.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, it's a duck.


What the fark are you on?
 
2012-10-09 10:57:27 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: It's like any other business, people are just getting bored with the product.

A slick marketing campaign might help. Offer some new incentives, maybe roll back restrictions.


For a small, small fee of Free* you will enjoy the death-long benefits of not burning in Hell!

*Requires several hours of your time + 10% of your gross income, totally optional (the guilt is, however, not optional)
 
2012-10-09 10:57:39 AM  
Is the Obvious tag off on a religious sabbatical? The trend toward secularization in America is now long-standing. In two generations, people with religious affiliations will be a minority.
 
2012-10-09 10:58:25 AM  

tgambitg: Atheism = not a religion.

Antitheism (which a majority of your vocal internet atheists subscribe to, whether they know it or not) = Most definitely a religion.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, it's a duck.


I just completely misread what you typed. Please disregard my last comment.
 
2012-10-09 10:58:26 AM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: "The fastest growing "religious" group in America is made up of people with no religion at all..."

Not having a religion does not equal atheist, no matter how much atheists say it does.


Actually, I know of few - if any - atheists who would say that. Atheism is the lack of belief in God(s). Not the lack of religion. You can be religious and be an atheist. You can be non-religious and be a theist. Or you can be a pumpkin.

/well, probably not the last
 
2012-10-09 10:58:50 AM  

Weaver95: well that was easy.


It's Huffington Post. He'll pretend they made it up.
 
2012-10-09 10:58:53 AM  

sodomizer: I enjoy the safety of agnosticism. I'm not telling religious people or atheists that they're wrong or right. Just that me, I don't know or don't care to take a position.


"I don't care what you think, and I'm going to make sure you know it" FTFY
 
2012-10-09 10:58:53 AM  
Whether or not atheism is a religion is a problem for the dictionary. That so few people are atheists, that's the problem for us humans.

/Agnosticism is for people who don't understand probability
 
2012-10-09 10:59:47 AM  

Coder: /Agnosticism is for people who don't understand probability


No, it's for people who take it too literally.
 
2012-10-09 10:59:55 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Buttknuckle: I have come to realize something in the past couple years...

Atheists who look down upon others for their religious beliefs are arrogant. You cannot win an argument with an Atheist, because it is about logic. Religion is about BELIEF. There is so much we don't know out there and to assume that we as humans are "it" is arrogant as hell, IMHO. But it really bothers me when Atheists look down on those who get happiness and serenity in their lives with religion. Of course, this is contingent on the fact that they are not religious nutjobs trying to convert everyone in their path.

See, now that's your "traditional" atheism troll. Straightforward and kind of obvious... not like subby... not like subby at all...


*sigh*

IT'S AN OUTRAGE!

Happy guys? You have successfully trolled an atheist. Be well, and have a nice day.
 
2012-10-09 11:00:11 AM  
I'm an apatheist. I just don't care.
 
2012-10-09 11:00:18 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: Weaver95: well that was easy.

It's Huffington Post. He'll pretend they made it up.


he can pretend all he wants. the point is that the Pope is RIGHT NOW conducting a Synod discussion over the evils of 'aggressive secularism' and the declining influence of the Roman Catholic church both in Europe and the US.
 
2012-10-09 11:00:30 AM  

JackieRabbit: Is the Obvious tag off on a religious sabbatical? The trend toward secularization in America is now long-standing. In two generations, people with religious affiliations will be a minority.


i.imgur.com

I hope.
 
2012-10-09 11:01:25 AM  

Weaver95: Carousel Beast: Weaver95: incidentally, the Catholic Church is VERY worried about the growth of 'secular' government and the 'lack of faith' among so many people. US evangelicals hate/fear anyone who isn't 'christian' (that includes atheists, pagans, Muslims, Buddhists or whatever).

Citation Needed.

well that was easy.


Like I'm going to believe that Nazi.

wait...
 
2012-10-09 11:01:35 AM  
Anybody click on this whiny little entry on the same site? Basically says that anybody who doesn't a) buy into a formal religion or b) go full atheist is being too lazy to think.

Um, no. Buying in to either extreme is a way of avoiding thought. Why continue to evaluate when the decision has been made?
 
2012-10-09 11:01:45 AM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: Not having a religion does not equal atheist, no matter how much atheists say it does.


I well understand the difference, even as an atheist. That assumption annoys me, too.

Unrelated CSB: Recently, someone I know was explaining to someone else about how with conspiracy theories, "a lack of evidence *is* evidence". Since the person speaking is Evangelical, I just about wanted to bang my head onto the nearest desk a few times.
 
2012-10-09 11:02:11 AM  
F'n atheists! I remember that time when atheists tried to deny contraception to women. Or enforce decency laws to take away our pr0n. And remember all of those godless folks who made their counties "dry" because beer is the Devil's brew. Then they made praying to Charles Darwin mandatory in schools! And don't forget how atheists use their religion to subjugate others, such as non-whites, women, and teh gays. The sheer audacity of it all!

Oh wait. None of that ever happened. It was superstitious fuqtards and Theocrats that did all of that.
 
2012-10-09 11:02:22 AM  
By Dan Merica, CNN 

fark YEAH!!!!
 
2012-10-09 11:02:36 AM  
Atheism is just another atheism.
 
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