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Zedolor, as an atheist we have all those abilities. And the power not to critique everyone else on a comic forum. I'm pretty sure that some of us can fly too... (lighten up man)
Loved the strip Scott. Some day, I too might acheive this level of greatness.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB1

A friend recently pointed me to this site:
http://exharpazo.blogspot.com/2007/01/index-to-slactivists-left-behind.html
A devout, evangelical Christian goes through the Left Behind books and painstakingly critiques them a few pages at a time. As much as I, a rationalist ("atheist" if you like) might hate those books and the selfish, smug, inhumane, sexist, un-Christian attitudes they espouse, I will never have quite the same rancor for them as this good man does. I highly recommend checking out at least the first five.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPirate Dan

The truly hilarious part is that - from what I've heard - the "Left Behind" books and some other Christian books are hard-core by comic-Scott's definition.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Z

Zedolor, as an atheist we have all those abilities, plus superhuman strength, lighting reflexes and laser vison too, well the ones that come from Krypton do. Get a life:)

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersimon smith

Risky to whom? Is Scott risking Christian Jihad?

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim E.

Atheist? So, your system of belief is a belief in nothing, therefore you believe in something...or perhaps you're merely a psychotic delusional nihilist?

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

I'm not a fan of working my butt off so someone besides who I decide should benefit from it can benefit from it...ah hell, maybe I should just get myself fired from my job and live off welfare. Everyone else is doing it, why not me?

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Well, it's been more than 40 years, but I thought "hell is other people" was a pretty good comic line myself.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Damn, as an atheist, all I got was this lousy T-Shirt and the ability to maintain a sense of dignity when discussing magical skydaddies. Bummer.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngry Ted

A-theist - Belief in no God or equivalent divine power. Rejection of theism. Belief in nothing is nihilism. Most athiests believe in Positivism, or that the world is more or less what it looks like, and is governed by scientific laws, and cause-and-effect, without any intervention or alteration by "external intelligence", or whatever you'd like to call God.
Atheism is many more things than you've given it credit for. :3

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBobisOnlyBob

Jeebus disable the comments willya? The frisson of nuanced recognition that your work provokes is strip mined here by dumb-dumbs. Pearls. Swine.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphylisstein

Congratulations! you managed to offend a christian and a porn addict with one joke. If you like, you could frame your written reprimand. I found that funny. probably because I'd do that and hang it in my bedroom.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

You know, when I get a 7-10 split, there's NEVER any witnesses. But say something that could be construed as doubly offensive to your co-workers (i.e. C'mon, they either had to be gay or at least bisexual ... why else was there only one Smurfette?), and there'll be a nice fat black check mark in your personnel file for the rest of your life.

Go ahead, Offend everyone! F--- em if they can't take a joke! Sensitive people suck !

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Surprisingly, this superpower extends to theists as well! I have often appeared entirely inane, patronizing, and condescending. It appears that I am also human.

I am a Christian, and I find the majority of the "religious" practices annoying and ridiculous. I was under the strange impression that Christianity is supposed to be about connecting with people and showing Jesus as the way to live freely and truly, not condescending others and mocking their beliefs.

I'm thinking the superhuman strength and lightening reflexes would be pretty sweet, though. Laser vision is just asking for trouble.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

YES! Thank you...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Yes. I have just proclaimed a crusade against Scott. Fortunately, he works at Disney, so when I get there and discover he's a good, funny guy, I can just ride Space Mountain 4 or 5 times and get out the aggression.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Agreed! There is no reason for all christians to immediately hate atheists or for all atheists to immediately start hating all christians!

I go to a school where devout Christians and Atheists are best friends FFS!

If you truly believe something and have faith, you will not got offended if someone else doubts your cause.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAussie Teenager

Hmmmm, read the Bible itself...pretty hardcore by those standards as well.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

being a sensitive person, i prefer it when non-sensitive people suck...

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

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Heh, heh. Boobies rule!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhockeykevin

bullshit

Lying for the GOP is still lying.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTitanius Inglesmith

What wire? Risky? Please enlighten us as to the risks inherent with drawing panel 3.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTitanius Inglesmith

Rather than seeing atheism as a belief system, think of it as a conclusion. As in "based on the lack of evidence of a god or multiple gods, I have concluded that there is no god."

And remember, everyone's an atheist; some of us just took it one god farther.

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTitanius Inglesmith

I've decided that if/when I get a written reprimand I am definitely going to print it out and frame it next to my desk. Hopefully then I'll get another reprimand which I can frame and hang next to it...

April 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Atheists believe that there is no God anywhere in the universe nor on any plane.
Having been neither to the edges of the Universe nor to the ether they cannot prove that, however, and are therefore agnostic. I do not believe in Unicorns either but I spend no time writing books about that or dreaming up new names to assign myself.
Since the atheist's origin of species begins at "some proteins smacked eachother" I submit it takes as much (or more) faith to believe "some proteins" came from nothing than that there is a creator we are too limited to understand, regardless what form of intelligence you believe it to be.

To pronounce onesself an atheist rather than to admit that you may simply not know is an insult to intelligence and a "spite your face" act I am not brave enough to join you in.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Ken, you fail to understand that the term atheist and the term agnostic refer to different questions.
I do not know for certain whether god or the tooth fairy exist, so I'm an agnostic. But i believe that they do not exist, so I'm an atheist as well.

As to your second point, so we have the two propositions:

1. Simple proteins somehow formed, we don't yet know exactly how, but we've got a lot of the stuff that happened before and after that figured out and it seems to fit together, so it's reasonable to say, that even though we don't fully understand it yet, this is probably how things happened.

2. There is an omnipotent, hidden being that created the whole universe yet choose not to leave any evidence of itself, instead making it look like the universe might have been created naturally. We do not know and cannot know why and how this being created everything, this being is inherently unobservable and beyond us so any questions like "from whence does this being come" does not apply.

So the second option seems to you more reasonable than the first?

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHaggis

As a Rationalist, I find this particular strip hilariously funny.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Forget the religious debate. This strip actually gives some of the best real advice of any BI strip so far. I'm actually going to follow it. (The narration, to be specific, not the dialog)

Also, the joke he got reprimanded for was absolutely epic. I'd also be happy to offend those two people simultaneously. (Mind you, for the woman on the left it's not because of her religion, it's because she reads the Left Behind series)

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

Oh, goodness... I don't think I've ever laughed at a comic strip so hard before. The third panel just made the rest of my life! Seriously, I can't get over it. xDDD

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterR.C.

Penetration. I... I don't know if I want to use this or forget it as quickly as possible so as to *avoid* using it. Wonderful.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTe

I think I'm gonna have to show this to my mum, she'll no doubt find it hilarious. Maybe she'll put it up in our church vestry or show our good friend the bishop haha :D Thanks for a good laugh!

(PS: My mum is a vicar. As is my stepdad.)

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen_Undine

The creation logic gives you an infinite amount of "who created the creator?" questions. Whatever trait you assign to this creator to solve this problem can also be assigned to some other natural explanation.

January 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLulu

Quick question: How exactly did Scott "offend" Jenkins? It seems like a joke he'd enjoy.

March 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterADSF

The woman and guy with glasses look like a couple of those fairground clown heads where you pop a ball in their mouth to win a prize.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScatterlogical

I don't like the idea of giving up my guns, but I could tolerate (and, in fact, enjoy!) eating fried chicken every day.

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtari

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