Short repast from Blasphemy days past, alas. Sometimes you just can’t help feeling nostalgic for the new atheism…. a feeling similar to the withdrawal comedians must have felt when W. left the White House.

The New Oxonian


What do you get when you cross a new atheist with a Jehovah’s Witness?
Someone who knocks on your door for no reason at all.

This will be brief. Blasphemy Day, God love it, has come and gone. Soon the giggling will stop. Dogs, horses and Episcopalians will be left wondering what the point was. The few Pentecostals who can read a newspaper will say, “See, told you so,” and head for the basement before the anti-Christ rides through town.

I was musing yesterday why, as a pretty fervent Roman Catholic in the 1960’s, I fell on the floor in paroxysms of laughter when a friend (also Catholic) played Tom Lehrer’s “Vatican Rag” for me for the first time. I still laugh when I hear it, even though most twenty-first century Catholics don’t know what a kyrie eleison is or bother to stand in line for confession. In college, a…

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6 thoughts on “

  1. How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it.

  2. I see the blasphemy thing as really more therapeutically intended than proselytizing or ONLY provocative. It’s a demystifying process, a sort of exorcism of residual psychological fears.

  3. A Catholic priest, a Baptist minister and a member of the Skeptic society were at a townhall meeting fielding questions. A member of the audience asked, “Do you believe in infant baptism?”

    Father Flanaghan replied, “We believe that infants are born tainted with original sin so it is necessary to remove this, and thus we do indeed believe in infant baptism?”

    Reverend Roberts replies, “We believe such a ceremony is meaningless unless the baptised person can understand the meaning of the commitment, so we reserve baptism for adults”.

    Skeptical Scooter Scout says, “Could you repeat the question, please?”

    The moderator says “The question is do you believe in infant baptism.”

    Scooter Scout replies, “Believe in it? I’ve actually see Father Flanaghan do it with my own eyes.”

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