No links today. But antibiotics do cure ulcers.
Alternatives are everywhere Mo! We have the freedom to reject them as well… Its good about the antibiotics tho’ innit…
I love it.
Mo just needs to stuff his fingers in his ears. That’s a common response to the Gnu Atheists’ litany.
First panel looks, at a glance, like “mutant atheists”. I thought there was an exciting new development.
Proton pump inhibitors please, and get tested for H.pylorii. Did you know that one of the tests requires faeces? You say that you aren’t full of shit Mohammed? I don’t believe it?!
It’s pretty obvious that Mo is suffering from Sesquipedalia. It’s rare amongst the religious, though. They are more likely to suffer from Malapropisis, also known as foot-in-mouth disease.
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
Atheists offer the religious nothing? Well, that’s a given, now then isn’t it?
No gods, no miracles, no priests, no lies, no wasting precious moments of a short life on the maintenance and propagation of delusions, just appreciating what we’ve got and helping where we can.
It may be nothing, but it’s a good nothing.
We do give something, though. We give the ability to appreciate what is real over superficial metaphysics.
@JohnnyCanuck Yes, a good nothing indeed. We give computers and GPS, and quantum physics and gene therapy and… well, it’s a long list. Hardly nothing. And that’s just the physical stuff, not even counting the freedom from superstitious fear and guilt and pedophile priests. I’ll stack up atheist contributions against the true believers any day of the week.
Seeing as how the atheists don’t believe in all sorts of things, perhaps they be so kind as to organize and get a holiday in honour of their vacuousness? There are several expressions used on the street that with a bit of work, could become “vacuous cards”, might as well make money exploiting lack of faith too.
Great strip! Religion offers nothing either, but you have to pay for it.
Mo shouldn’t have eaten that dictionary.
When Jesus asks Mo if he’s tried antibiotics, I wonder if those drugs are halal. If not, Mo’s in a world of hurt.
@ DH and Author- so, what’s the verdict? Has NBH passed his Turing test this time?
I admire Mo’s command of the English language.
Everybody should believe in something,
I believe I’ll have another drink.
~ R.I.P. W. C. Fields ~
atheism offers you your brain back
@Daoloth I never doubted his existence, only his age, experience, and willingness to use the intelligence he thinks God gave him. He does seem to miss points like it’s his job. Hey, NBH, I’ll bet there are a few things you don’t believe in too. Thor, Woden, the FSM, unicorns, leprechauns, talking snakes…oops. Maybe you do believe in that last one. What we’ve been saying is that we don’t believe in nothing. That’s a nihilist. I’m an atheist. I have a specific thing I don’t believe in, your sky faerie. But there are lots of things I do believe in, like the value of human life and happiness and the scientific method as the only way we have of getting some understanding of reality. And there I go, feeding the troll again. Author said I should cut him some slack because he made a good joke one. Sorry. He’s had all the slack I can spare until he says something intelligent instead of simply, to his mind, clever.
Dang, I hate typos, especially when I make them. A good joke once, not one. And since I’m back on again, I had some hopes for NBH, but he’s letting me down lately. This last thing, about vacuousness, is just slinging aspersions and trying for another pat on the back for a good joke. Sorry NBH. Calling atheists vacuous is… well, vacuous. Name calling is childish.
All right, but apart from the antibiotics, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the atheists ever done for us?
@Nassar Ben Houdja Here’s a test for you, Nassar. Are you willing to actually engage in the issues, or do you just want to be that idiot who hangs around and spouts annoying nonsense? If you are willing to actually engage, you need to start by educating yourself. I’m betting you’ve never read “The Beak of the Finch”, or “The Selfish Gene”, or “The Naked Ape”, or “African Genesis” or “The Blind Watchmaker”, or “The Greatest Show on Earth”. If you have read any of these books, please let us know. Most of us have at least a passing familiarity with the Bible, and I’ve taken a glance or two at the Koran. I can still recite the Apostle’s Creed by heart. So when you talk to us, it’s not a level playing field unless you do some studying. Let me know if you actually have read any of these books. If you haven’t, then get an education before you throw your opinions around, okay. If you are not willing to educate yourself, then you can expect the kind of derision we usually reserve for stupid ideas presented as sacred and beyond question. And keep in mind that the purpose of an education is to change your mind, not to confirm the beliefs you already hold dear. We’d be happy to welcome you to our club. And we’ll play nice if you just stop being a snot nose.
So religious people cannot invent or discover things? You guys seem to assume they cannot, which strikes me as unreasonable.
Extreme religious people like to claim all good things come from their conveniently labeled way of thinking. Falling into that same behavior isn’t being more reasonable.
The problem with the “atheists believe in nothing” stance is there is a whole, wide world out there to believe in. One that includes antibiotics among many many other things. Someone can be a whole person without believing in unicorns, living creator deities, or even real things like plate tectonics.
And deeper than that, the problem is it being just another form of the old “everyone needs to believe in my imaginary friends” power game. Much like the “anything good I (and by implication others) do is because of my religion” garbage to make it sound like a requirement of any functional society or individual.
@ Darwin – I am hearing the chirping of crickets from Nassars’ court….or would that be locusts?
@Sfon Sorry. Did not mean to imply that religious people had contributed nothing to this world. Let’s start with Mendel, for example. Or Newton. Or Darwin himself. Just that religion itself contributes nothing, and never really has. Any progress we’ve made has been in spite of the dogma, not because of it. Every time religious people have tried to verify their dogma in reality, they’ve ended up upsetting their own apple cart. No wonder a working irony meter is an impossibility.
By the way, Author, I’ve finally come to appreciate this strip. It left me cold at first, possibly because it is a bit subtle. But the punchline is brilliant on reflection.
@Unruly Simian Neither crickets nor locusts nor a plague of raining frogs a croakin’. Reminds me of the old Simon and Garfunkel song, “The Sound of Silence”. No surprise. Ignorant people hate to have their ignorance pointed out to them, and anybody who denies evolution is the very definition of ignorance.
Nobody here assumes that religious people didn’t invent or discover things. It is just that they weren’t actually using religion to do so. Revelation and appeal to authority are not good tools for science.
At the start of the Enlightenment, most everyone was religious or carefully closeted their doubts with few exceptions. When called on it, more than a few used the excuse that they were investigating the details of God’s Creation to give Him greater glory.
You have to ignore all fact claims made by your religion about whatever science you are interested in exploring. Religious scientists, past and present, prove that cognitive dissonance works.
When your religion asserts that everything in the heavens is perfect and therefore unchanging, what to do when a supernova appears? What if telescopes show that there are black spots on the surface of the sun? What if the spots move and large ones can be seen to reappear a predictable time later? That’s neither perfect nor immutable. Egos were and still are threatened when it appears that the universe was not created and centred around us.
What if it is possible to explain the diversity of life on the planet and show that we are nothing special? That that monkey over there logically must share a pair of grandparents with you? Egos get very sensitive and science is rejected and attacked.
To do science is to not be doing religion.
I love how much we as atheists gain by shedding superstition and blind, supplicating obedience to an nonexistent overlord.
Reality is so beautiful and wondrous, and I feel so lucky that it wasn’t stolen from me by childhood indoctrination or a theocracy.
@ fenchurch: your last bit right there is what depresses me about many people I meet that seem so bright but yet so religious; what they’re missing by automatically subscribing to simple “answers…”
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