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(Daily Mail)   Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish a five-foot cross out of the pond that the village atheist tossed in there, he'll biatch for a lifetime   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 115
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2013-03-07 07:24:57 AM  
Another Dump taken on the internet for everyone else to smell thanks to the Daily Fail.

timsellers.net
 
2013-03-07 07:40:04 AM  
FTA: 'I am not religious, but it doesn't bother me if someone wants to plant a cross on the green. What I do think is that the gentleman should have gone about it in a different way.'

We have a rational thinker here...string em up
 
2013-03-07 07:44:20 AM  
Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?
 
2013-03-07 08:10:20 AM  
Daily Fail, with sweat and dead mans ball
 
Skr
2013-03-07 08:11:29 AM  
Had to run to Wiki to find out who the Worzel Gummidge was that they referred to.

/some scarecrow dude in a work of fiction.
 
2013-03-07 08:11:44 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?


Back in Ireland, my great-great grandad was the Village Atheist. Got fired though - quality of his work wasn't high enough.
 
2013-03-07 08:12:24 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?


Nominations are taken and the person selected in a Grump Off.
 
2013-03-07 08:13:25 AM  
I thought it was:

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
 
2013-03-07 08:15:29 AM  
A retired lawyer was so offended whenhislocal church placed a wooden cross

Atheist indeed.
 
2013-03-07 08:18:33 AM  
While six people said they did object to the cross's position on the green, 21 residents said they did not.

He added: 'I do not accept the validity of this voting process and I will not yield to the obvious arrogance of the church.'


Yeah, it's the church that's being "arrogant".  The guy's just a childish, sore loser with too much time on his hands.
 
2013-03-07 08:19:11 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?


It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"
 
2013-03-07 08:20:09 AM  
And after retrieving the cross he immediately climbed up on it and started screaming about how he was being oppressed.
 
2013-03-07 08:21:01 AM  
Asshole people problems.
 
2013-03-07 08:22:16 AM  
I guess in the PC age, they had to rename the position of "Village Idiot"
 
2013-03-07 08:22:20 AM  
He said the issue had caused a 'great deal of upset in the village' and that Mr Pickard should have spoken to the local vicar if he took umbrage to the positioning of the cross

The vicar obviously didn't talk to him before putting up the cross, so why in God's name would he talk to the vicar before tearing it down?
 
2013-03-07 08:22:23 AM  

Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"


Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad gaurantee of not being an asshole.
 
2013-03-07 08:22:28 AM  
I would place a small wager that if the local Muslim group erected a mini minaret with a loudspeaker that called people to prayer 5 times a day on public property, the Christians would certainly have a thing or two to say.
 
2013-03-07 08:22:56 AM  
Guerrilla Atheism... These guys are just as bad as the evangelical nuts they're opposed to, the smart thing to do would've been to wait until the 20th and erect a damn Ostara altar right next to that sumbiatch, a la the "non-nativities" in...crap...California somewhere, wasn't it? I don't remember...
Then again, this is from the Daily Fail, so I immediately also have to assume they just photoshopped the old man next to the cross and invented this story out of whole cloth...
 
2013-03-07 08:23:01 AM  

Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"


You win this time....but I will be back!
 
2013-03-07 08:25:04 AM  

jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad gaurantee of not being an asshole.


firedaily.com

/life is too short to be angry all the time
 
2013-03-07 08:27:25 AM  

Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"


In America, the term is "Palin-American".
 
2013-03-07 08:27:34 AM  

jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.


The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.
 
2013-03-07 08:30:01 AM  
FTFAS: "Mr Pickard dragged the cross (pictured in the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church) into a nearby duck pond, later accusing the church of 'arrogance'

In small villages in parts of England the church yard IS the village green.

Conclusion: Atheistic assholedrey
 
2013-03-07 08:30:12 AM  

Shmopee: jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.

The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.


I say we try to be a little more understanding of the poor oppressed Christians. I mean anyone who practices ritual symbolic cannibalism to appease their zombie God is already a little bit "special" right?
 
2013-03-07 08:30:23 AM  
The article makes no mention of him being an atheist. He's an old crank who objected to a religious display on public property.
 
2013-03-07 08:31:12 AM  
You know maybe this guy is right, maybe the cross shouldn't have been placed in a public area and should have remained on church grounds, but it's kinda hard taking the moral high-road when you're trashing someones property.
 
2013-03-07 08:32:37 AM  
The cross goes back to ancient Egypt and even older.

Christians always use pagan symbols.

 It's really funny.

Pick one.
 
2013-03-07 08:33:03 AM  
at least the arrogant atheist didn't burn the cross where it stood, that would have really gotten some bloomers in a bunch
 
2013-03-07 08:35:53 AM  
Did the cross belong to the athiest? No? Then it's a destruction of private property issue, not a religious issue.
 
2013-03-07 08:37:33 AM  

CheatCommando: Shmopee: jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.

The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.

I say we try to be a little more understanding of the poor oppressed Christians. I mean anyone who practices ritual symbolic cannibalism to appease their zombie God is already a little bit "special" right?


You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.
 
2013-03-07 08:39:43 AM  
I thought the saying was light a man a fire and he'll stay warm for a night, light a man on fire and he'll stay warm for the rest of his life.
 
2013-03-07 08:40:21 AM  

BenJammin: A retired lawyer was so offended whenhislocal church placed a wooden cross

Atheist indeed.


He could be. When people on this side of the Atlantic say that, they mean the church closest to him. So the nearest butcher or off-licence to you would be described as "your local butcher" or "your local off-licence", even if you were a (shudder) teetotal vegetarian.

/In 150 years speakers of Americans and Brits are going to need translators to communicate with each other.
//Assuming Spanish isn't the dominant language in the US by then.
///Colour
 
2013-03-07 08:41:40 AM  
The church should have kept the cross on their own property.

The guy was an asshole for tearing it down and throwing it into a pond.
 
2013-03-07 08:42:00 AM  
/both sides are bad, so vote Buddhist
 
2013-03-07 08:42:43 AM  

EightyEight: at least the arrogant atheist didn't burn the cross where it stood, that would have really gotten some bloomers in a bunch


Then it just becomes an inter-faith issue.

Not nearly as much fun.
 
2013-03-07 08:48:57 AM  

Oliver Twisted: You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.


Only for those filthy Unitarians. Trinitarians believe in Zombie God, Ghost God, and Big Kahuna God.

If your savior can take four nails in the distal joints and a spear to the chest, he can take a joke.
 
2013-03-07 08:53:50 AM  

Oliver Twisted: CheatCommando: Shmopee: jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.

The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.

I say we try to be a little more understanding of the poor oppressed Christians. I mean anyone who practices ritual symbolic cannibalism to appease their zombie God is already a little bit "special" right?

You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.


John 3:10 "I and the Father are one"
I Corinthians 15:4 "He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."

Jesus said I am Lord and then rose from the dead after three days... I'd say "Zombie God" about covers it...
 
2013-03-07 08:54:48 AM  
Leave the cross in the duck pond for a couple of hundred years and someone will attach some religious significance to it.
 
2013-03-07 08:54:51 AM  

hardinparamedic: Oliver Twisted: You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.

Only for those filthy Unitarians. Trinitarians believe in Zombie God, Ghost God, and Big Kahuna God.

If your savior can take four nails in the distal joints and a spear to the chest, he can take a joke.


Also this, well said, sir.
 
2013-03-07 08:55:01 AM  
Where's the HERO tag?

Keep your ancient torture/execution devices in your own yard.
 
2013-03-07 08:55:32 AM  

SmackLT: The church should have kept the cross on their own property.

The guy was an asshole for tearing it down and throwing it into a pond.


This is really all that needs to be said.
 
2013-03-07 08:56:33 AM  

Shmopee: Also this, well said, sir.


Also, just to be clear, the "filthy" was meant to be snark and reflect the disdain that Trinitarians have for Unitarians, and vice versa.

It was not implied to be an insult to the clearly superior doctrine of Unitarianism. :P
 
2013-03-07 08:56:50 AM  

Shmopee: Oliver Twisted: CheatCommando: Shmopee: jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.

The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.

I say we try to be a little more understanding of the poor oppressed Christians. I mean anyone who practices ritual symbolic cannibalism to appease their zombie God is already a little bit "special" right?

You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.

John 3:10 "I and the Father are one"
I Corinthians 15:4 "He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."

Jesus said I am Lord and then rose from the dead after three days... I'd say "Zombie God" about covers it...


Thanks. You spared me a fair amount of typing. It is hilarious to watch Christians clutch their pearls when you treat their beliefs with the same respect they give to every other religion in the world.
 
2013-03-07 08:58:25 AM  

hardinparamedic: Shmopee: Also this, well said, sir.

Also, just to be clear, the "filthy" was meant to be snark and reflect the disdain that Trinitarians have for Unitarians, and vice versa.

It was not implied to be an insult to the clearly superior doctrine of Unitarianism. :P


Apologies, I was too quick on the reply button, meant specifically the last line about taking a joke.
 
2013-03-07 09:01:03 AM  

hardinparamedic: Oliver Twisted: You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.

Only for those filthy Unitarians. Trinitarians believe in Zombie God, Ghost God, and Big Kahuna God.

If your savior can take four nails in the distal joints and a spear to the chest, he can take a joke.


He also took what can be assumed was a veritable petri dish of STDs from Mary of Magdala and nobody ever heard him complain about the itchies. So yeah right there with you.
 
2013-03-07 09:03:00 AM  

Fausts Fist: He also took what can be assumed was a veritable petri dish of STDs from Mary of Magdala and nobody ever heard him complain about the itchies. So yeah right there with you.


Jesus was a pretty cool guy. He hung out with thieves, prostitutes, and lepers and pretty much brought them out of their situations and helped them to be better people. He even healed a few.

Pharisees, on the other hand, used their faith and works to attract attention to themselves and hold themselves above everyone else.

It's amazing how many modern day Pharisees we see.
 
2013-03-07 09:03:44 AM  
It was 21-6. The atheist is a sore loser. Why should he care if they want to put up a cross? It's easy to ignore.

/atheist
 
2013-03-07 09:06:34 AM  

katerbug72: It was 21-6. The atheist is a sore loser. Why should he care if they want to put up a cross? It's easy to ignore.

/atheist


Probably because the EU Charter on Human Rights, as well as the UK Human Rights Act of 1998 and the Equal Rights Act of 2010, establish the separation of Church and State - which explicitly forbids the use of public land to make an endorsement of religion.

Since we're on this topic, I need to put up a Nazi Swastica and a noose on public land to express the faith of the Aryan Skinheads. You really shouldn't care if I do so. It's easy to ignore.
 
2013-03-07 09:07:22 AM  

CheatCommando: Shmopee: Oliver Twisted: CheatCommando: Shmopee: jso2897: Itstoearly: Mr. Coffee Nerves: Is Village Atheist an appointed or elected position?

It's the new politically correct term for "village idiot"

Yes, of course. Unlike religion, atheism isn't an ironclad guarantee of not being an asshole.

The snark! It burns! +1 to you, sir.

I say we try to be a little more understanding of the poor oppressed Christians. I mean anyone who practices ritual symbolic cannibalism to appease their zombie God is already a little bit "special" right?

You need to study up on religion if you want your snark to be accurate.  "Zombie God"?  Give that one some thought.

John 3:10 "I and the Father are one"
I Corinthians 15:4 "He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."

Jesus said I am Lord and then rose from the dead after three days... I'd say "Zombie God" about covers it...

Thanks. You spared me a fair amount of typing. It is hilarious to watch Christians clutch their pearls when you treat their beliefs with the same respect they give to every other religion in the world.


And this is just the general disdain, I refrain from their rampant "you don't agree with me, so fark you, burn in our version of the underworld, whose name we stole from the Norse pantheon, just like we stole everything else in our dogma, right up to and including the generally accepted visage of our God"

/Okay, that was a little preachy, and I apologize, but really, Christian God and Zeus, does nobody else see that?
//Also, on the outside chance the Christians are right, that means Gandhi is burning in the hellfire and I am NOT okay with that.
 
2013-03-07 09:10:44 AM  

Shmopee: //Also, on the outside chance the Christians are right, that means Gandhi is burning in the hellfire and I am NOT okay with that.


Gandhi was kind of a dick. He spoke pretty highly of our good friend Adolf after WWII because of how badly he stuck it to the French and British.
 
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