Say It Proudly: I Am An Atheist

It looks like the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida has gotten into the video business—and they’ve done a very good job with this video that leverages strong tropes:

Interestingly, much of the beginning of this video outlines the plight of a multitude of nonbelievers who happen to live in highly religious communities. The visible tribal-hostility of a majority religious power structure can be a very intimidating thing to stand up against; but the first step to weakening that power (and its accompanying hostility) is to give a presence and a name to a particular marginalized group.

Link, via Friendly Atheist.

Jesus Would Not be a Zombie…

I swear that I’ve observed this very-same discussion between the Way of the Master evangelicals and the Mill Avenue Resistance.

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Unlike many of the other mythological and fantasy archetypes, the literary addition of the lich is a relatively recent addition. Although the underlying history comes from a multitude of sources. The cognate for the word has a heavy weight from Old English and the German word lic referring to a corpse or body.

Many cultures have studies of ancient sorcerers who return after death to reanimate their own bodies. Most folklore from tribes that venerate their dead also suggest that the innate properties of the former person (given a connection to gods or a predilection to magic) could possess their former vessel. These expectations fuel a great deal of cultural awareness of the external spiritual worlds and the afterlife of the dead.

The best known example of the lich that I’m aware of comes from the Dungeons & Dragons game—which is well known for drawing on folklore and mythology of dozens of cultures (mostly European) and certainly the extent of the use of the term has grown out of the widespread appeal of D&D.

It’s not unexpected that geek culture would adapt to examine and redefine our understanding of the mythology of old and modern practices that involves it.

While each term used in the argument above is a discussion of external culture examining and categorizing internal Christian mythology and symbolism it hearkens back to the rise of the meme, “Zombie Jesus Day” in reference to the celebration of the holiday of Easter.

In a subcultural sense the terms and the argument in the poster will resonate in particular most boldly with geek culture. Well known for a sense of pedantry, an obsession with category and correctness, and that’s all that’s needed to attempt to morph a meme that’s seen as inaccurate.

Although, I doubt we’ll be seeing this meme take hold. It’s embedded too thoughtfully in the pedantry and doesn’t entertain enough of the pageantry.

As we’ve seen with previous memes often humor more than accuracy provides durability. The above poster may reappear next Easter holiday due to the nature of humans to categorize even their own thoughts and the mythology of others; however, the meme involving zombies will prevail due to its silly, irreverent nature.

Atheist Comics

Comics.

We all love them, right? Here at BTF we’ve compiled a list of funny comics, many of which have atheist or irreverent themes. Not every strip is about atheism, but they should at least appeal to the atheist in everyone!


Comic strips with atheist themes
Russell’s Teapot
By the Book Comics
Jesus and Mo
Atheist Eve
Freethunk Comic Strips
Satan’s Salvation
Ape Not Monkey
The Sheeples – Normal Bob Smith’s comic drawings of some of the hate mails he receives from angry viewers.
Once Upon a Saturday
Bible Belt Comics
Meet the Gods

Skeptic Comics
cectic – Comics Espousing Critical Thought In the Credulous
Occam’s Razor
Tree Lobsters

Atheist Comic Compilers
Atheist Cartoons
Atheist Cartoon Network at LiveJournal

Freethought or Irreverent
In His Likeness
The Perry Bible Fellowship
Matt Bors
Killer Spoons

And worth mentioning, if not really atheist, is of course, xkcd!

Know of any other comics worth reading? Let us know!

Webcomic of the Week: Remember to cite your sources

Questionable Content webcomic has put up another potently hilarious strip, “Another Penny-Rant.” It is good to keep in mind that the majority of people are not the extremophiles who end up pushing their children away from their own cultures—the way that Young Earth Creationism and other deep-field cults can; but that the fanatic edge is the most shrill.

Eventually we sometimes do drift apart, and we all have different reasons for it. The more ridiculous the presentation, the further divorced it is from common social norms and reality the more likely it will draw ridicule and eyerolls.

Link, via Questionable Content