Update: We have one more holiday sale going through December 15th – 20% off all orders of $35 or more with coupon code SPECIAL9 and we will leave lowered prices on all items until the sale is over, so if you missed the last sale, you still have time to put a little blasphemy under the tree!
Looking for a good gift for the infidels and heathens on your holiday shopping list? Check out our shop this weekend. Not only have we put every item on sale from now through Monday (11/30/2009), but all order over $40 get an extra 25% discount with the coupon code CYBER29!
It’s not often that we can offer such a large discount, so this weekend is a great time to pick up some wearable blasphemy for friends and family or just for yourself.
Those of you who have read the Bible, particularly the “Old Testament”, should be familiar with the character of its jealous, vengeful, cruel god. Even if you have never read the Bible though, you are most likely familiar with some of the more despicable actions supposedly taken by Yahweh, the god of the Bible.
Just to refresh your memory though, here are a few of Yahweh’s most infamous misdeeds.
- He put a tree in the Garden of Eden which, being omniscient, he knew Adam and Eve would eat from, but he told them not to anyway. Then when they did, as expected, he condemned them and all future life on Earth to death.
- Humans tried to build a tower to heaven, Yahweh got scared and destroyed it. He then messed up everyone’s languages so they couldn’t understand each other and scattered them all over the planet, guaranteeing an inability to understand each other and endless wars in the future.
- He demanded that his “chosen people” mutilate their babies’ genitals and kill and burn countless animal sacrifices just because he liked the smell.
- He also ordered them to commit genocide after genocide while taking “the promised land” by force in endless wars rather than using his omnipotence to whisk the “evil” people away and let his own people live in peace.
- He destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone, and when one member of the single family he decided to save looked back at the horror show he was putting on, he turned her into a pillar of salt.
Oh yeah, and he also drowned the entire world (except for 2 of each unclean animal, 7 of each clean one and 8 humans…how kind of him to spare them).
All of this is just scratching the surface of the malevolence of this spiteful monster, and because of this and so much more the Bible’s god is supposed to have done, I say Yahweh? No way!
Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. A time to celebrate the man with the dubious honors of spreading Christianity across Ireland and of ridding Ireland of the snakes it didn’t have to begin with. A day to celebrate our Irish heritage if we have it, and a day to drink like we do even if we don’t.
Patrick is also said to have used shamrocks to help explain the trinity to people, but it really doesn’t make any more sense if you’ve got a clover in your hand. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he is also said to have had such a hard time converting the Irish that his staff would grow roots into the ground while he stood there preaching at them.
Of course most or all of this is simply legend built up around an ancient missionary who may or may not have done much of consequence. Fortunately today St. Patrick’s Day is much more about celebrating the better parts of Irish heritage and having fun.
St. Patty’s Day is also a good excuse for a sale. From now through March 12th, 2009 you can enter the coupon code MARCH19 at checkout to get 17% off your order of $25 or more, so stock up on shirts for spring!
Saint Patrick’s Day designs will only be available through March 17th, so if you want to get hammered with Leprechaun Jesus this St. Patty’s Day, order now!
Maybe Jesus was the son of God. Oh, and he was God too. Maybe he did send himself to Earth with the intent of getting himself killed in order to satisfy his own blood lust, and this blood sacrifice of him to him somehow worked to make up for our sins and take the place of the endless animal sacrifices he demanded in the Old Testament.
Supposedly Jesus was perfect and sinless, and somehow the murder of someone completely innocent constitutes justice for every horrible thing that every other person would ever do, as long as they believe it. If they don’t believe, then they get what they all deserve, from the worst mass murderer to a kid who told one single lie. Unimaginable, unending torment in Hell.
Despite the staggering lack of evidence, it is remotely possible the Christians are right and this was somehow necessary, even if it makes no sense, and maybe it was in some twisted way the best thing that has ever happened. It would require a bloodthirsty and cruel god that I personally can’t imagine worshiping.
On the other hand, it’s quite possible that the Jesus of the Bible was never a real person. He may have been intentionally made up, or he may have been mistaken for a real person by some of the people who heard or read stories which were never meant to describe a real person.
If he was a real person though, and he was actually crucified, then there’s a very good chance that he wasn’t supernatural at all and he was simply a human religious teacher who pissed off the authorities and got totally pwned.
Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, the day to go crazy before Lent kicks in. For 40 days, starting tomorrow, we’re supposed to deprive ourselves and do penance for the debauchery that hits its peak today.
Traditionally people give up something for Lent. It may be something as minor as not eating ice cream, or something as major as fasting and self-flagellation for all 40 days.
I would like to suggest something even more radical. Rather than the relatively unhelpful sacrifices like starving or beating yourself, why not do the one thing that could most dramatically change your world view? Why not make the ultimate sacrifice and give up God?
Compared to a lifetime of belief, 40 days of unbelief should not ultimately be enough to make a dent in your faith. That is unless God doesn’t exist. Are you brave enough to find out?
Hell, the dark pit of sorrow, the prison of fire and brimstone where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. A place of eternal torment where an all-powerful and all-loving god sends most people to suffer terribly. Forever.
Wow, what a dreadful place! It’s worse than the witch’s candy house in Hansel and Grettle. Worse than Grendel’s foul lair. Worse than The Bog of Eternal Stench. Fortunately, it is just as fictional!
There are a few people in history who I would almost wish eternal torment on, but if you can imagine what eternity really means then it’s hard to justify. No one is capable of committing an offense terrible enough to justify an infinite punishment. That would require an infinite crime, and the only infinite crime would be sending someone to Hell. So if the Bible’s god were real, we know where he should go.
The rest of us, for ourselves and for the rest of the world around us, should try to live the best lives we can, but out of love, not out of fear of a nonexistent Hell.
Religious people are fond of telling us how great faith is, but what does it really do for us? Sure it provides a sense of comfort and security to believers, but can it make them do more?
How about Jihad, genocide, murder, crusades, lies, inquisitions, intolerance, Sharia, guilt, terrorism, infanticide, stoning, pogroms, war, fear, 9/11, bigotry, theocracy, slavery and hate? That is not nearly an exhaustive list, but these are just some of the terrible things that have been done through faith in various gods, and most of them are still happening today because of people’s religious beliefs.
Next time someone asks you how you can live without faith, why not ask them how we can all live with it?
Well, you knew it had to happen eventually…we finally have wares to peddle. I think that many of our non-theist readers will be happy, but the believers among you may want to avoid the shop because you will probably be offended if you look.
The rest of you, please check the shop out! We will be putting up new designs frequently and posting them here, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, keep checking back. The shop isn’t much to look at right now, but we will begin making improvements to it in the near future, so please bare with us as we get things up and running.
If you would like to see different colors or shirt styles, more women’s shirts or any other changes, please send us a note through the contact form or the forum. The only ways we know what you want for you to buy something or tell us what you want, so speak up — or better yet buy something!