Editor’s Note: This is one of the first pieces I wrote several years ago for the original Armchair Blasphemy Blog. My thinking is similar but I would not write it like this today. That said, it’s worth reposing on our new site.
People ask me sometimes why I chose the word “blasphemy” for this blog. They often wonder aloud if I am buying into the concept itself. I have been told that this is a religious word and that atheists should not acknowledge the very existence, even the concept of “blasphemy.”
I understand this thinking and rationale, but I find power in appropriating the words and concepts of ideological / religious opponents. It’s the same concept with Santa Clause. I can use Santa, a construct, side effect or at least first cousin of Christianity to make a very strong case that the entire mythology is fabricated.
I know other atheists who are wary of the “atheist” label for a similar reason. They embrace the humanist, freethinking or even “brights” identity instead. They feel that to be atheists is to be “against” something, as in anti-theist. I don’t hold this view. The most fundamentalist religions hate and try to shame “atheists.” They view atheists as “of the devil.” If they are so afraid, so disgusted by this identity, then I totally want a piece of it. There is an inherent strength go embracing something that fundamentalists loathe and fear. It’s the same fear they have of evolution, science and—back to it–blasphemy. It’s the intellectual side I want to be on. Continue reading From the vault: Appropriating the Language of Religion
This week, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy talk about the latest Duck Dynasty scandal, as Phil Robertson says some of the worst comments ever uttered by an american extremist. Tune in.
This links to a speech by Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame that is the most offensive thing I have ever heard in my life. In it, he engages in a fantasy rape and murder of a family of atheists, including the rape, it seems, of little girls.
This leads me to only one conclusion. Phil’s Christian faith is the only thing stopping him from being an enthusiastic rapist and serial killer. Therefore, I am very glad this unapologetic rapist stays within his religious tradition or who knows what he is capable of doing.
This kind of language and outright villainy has no place in a polite society. We can disagree about issues, be they religion or political, without a rhetorical rape and murder of people with whom you disagree.
This vile filth is nothing short of breathtaking. The fact that Phil still has an audience and “fans” proves that god can’t possibly exist.
On this week’s podcast, Edwin, RobRoy and Rich discuss the violence and uselessness of football and the problems inherent in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Although the subjects seem totally unrelated, they blend together in a fun, thoughtful thirty minutes.
On this week’s podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss the inexplicable popularity of Fox News and the difference between news and infotainment. Also, they trio discuss the undercurrent of outrage present in the online libertarian community.
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