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How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet
The Telegraph ^ | 8/14/2013 | Brendan O'Neill

Posted on 08/26/2013 1:50:37 PM PDT by Heartlander

How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet

When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren't always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone "I am an atheist" without them instantly assuming you were a smug, self-righteous loather of dumb hicks given to making pseudo-clever statements like, "Well, Leviticus also frowns upon having unkempt hair, did you know that?" Things are now so bad that I tend to keep my atheism to myself, and instead mumble something about being a very lapsed Catholic if I'm put on the spot, for fear that uttering the A-word will make people think I'm a Dawkins drone with a mammoth superiority complex and a hives-like allergy to nurses wearing crucifixes.

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TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: atheists
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1 posted on 08/26/2013 1:50:37 PM PDT by Heartlander
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To: Heartlander
When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren't always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today?

I blame it on "trickle-down immorality", to use a Rush Limbaugh term.

2 posted on 08/26/2013 1:52:21 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Heartlander

Funny, I do not think atheists are smug at all, they are simply terrified.


3 posted on 08/26/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Heartlander
How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet

You mean even more smug and annoying than Prius drivers?

Unpossible.

4 posted on 08/26/2013 1:54:21 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Heartlander

5 posted on 08/26/2013 2:00:55 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Zeppo

Since the vast majority of atheists are lefties, they will be represented among Prius drivers, environmentalists, druggies, abortionists and so on.


6 posted on 08/26/2013 2:01:14 PM PDT by ansel12 (Obama-[obamacare] "used to be a Republican idea. There’s a governor of Massachusetts who set it up.)
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To: martin_fierro

President Obama is the first son-of-a-polygamist to be Commander-in-Chief of the Sodomite Forces.


7 posted on 08/26/2013 2:06:27 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: Heartlander

Started in the 60’s. They were crude, arrogant, rude, obnoxious, profane, in-your-face people.


8 posted on 08/26/2013 2:18:03 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Heartlander

Hey, man, when you are your own god, it is hard not to be Colossally Smug, with a touch of arrogance on the side!

/sarc


9 posted on 08/26/2013 2:21:50 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: Heartlander

my choice phrase is “SOD OFF YOU BLOODY LITTLE WANKER!”


10 posted on 08/26/2013 2:24:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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I am a non believer in human religions, but my ideas of God are complex, in some ways it is logically impossible for there to be a god, in other ways (for example the infinite complexity of biological life with all the microscopic subsystems that have to interact perfectly at all times, not to mention the millions of symbiotic life forms within your body that make living possible...and lets not even get into how Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon, and Nitrogen can think and be self aware), but I fully respect everybodies beliefs. My liberal nephew however is full on militant athiestic, and seems to spend a great deal of time denigrating religion on facebook...and not just making fun of it...he can get downright offensive (I’m a conservative, therefore I do not get offended easily, and I’m not religious so I don’t have a dog in the fight either)...but he gets downright nasty offensive...I have tried many times to correct his ways, and it just makes him nastier. I have even tried to humble him by explaining many examples of how science evolves over time, how the guy (for example that came up with plate tectonics was originally laughed out of his field, not to mention the guy who figured out ulcers were caused by bacteria was mocked for years) and how we don’t even know how much we don’t know, but since he’s 25, lives at mommies, and has never had a job, he never outgrew the 16-18 year old “knows everything” stage, it just got worse.


11 posted on 08/26/2013 2:26:16 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

Actually, need to be a little more specific...when he denigrates religion, he denigrates christian religion, never a word about islam, or budha, or any other religion.


12 posted on 08/26/2013 2:28:01 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Heartlander

It’s the social media. A whole lot of social media is dedicated to be an @#$#$%^ version of your particular group. Especially thanks to that one site that makes all those pictures. Even I find the atheist ones annoying, and I am an atheist, just not the kind that needs to be a dick to people. Have your religion, enjoy it thoroughly, just don’t come knocking on my door inconveniencing me with your message and all will be well.


13 posted on 08/26/2013 2:28:03 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Heartlander

These are not Atheists. They are anti-Christian, and Anti-Jewish leftists that hide behind some “enlighten” perch of not buying into “primitive” stuff like religion in order to not look like the total bullies they are.

Notice how they don’t attack Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, or any other Eastern belief system? Too racially homogeneous for them to bash without looking like racists. Islam is so anti-western it is a political ally.


14 posted on 08/26/2013 2:28:35 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Heartlander

I’m an atheist, and these people really piss me off. When I run across one of these characters, my first instinct is to whomp them upside the head and tell them to get a life.


15 posted on 08/26/2013 2:31:28 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Publius

Interesting this article was written by an atheist.


16 posted on 08/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

I agree with him. The people about which he is writing give us atheists a bad name.


17 posted on 08/26/2013 2:36:36 PM PDT by Publius (And so, night falls on civilization.)
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To: Heartlander

I’d argue that this is nothing new... or rather that Francis Bacon would argue that...

“It appeareth in nothing more, that atheism is rather in the lip, than in the heart of man, than by this; that atheists will ever be talking of that their opinion, as if they fainted in it, within themselves, and would be glad to be strengthened, by the consent of others.”

Francis Bacon

http://www.authorama.com/essays-of-francis-bacon-17.html


18 posted on 08/26/2013 2:40:39 PM PDT by madconservative (I'd rather be shooting my Glock 10mm.)
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To: Heartlander

Here’s another article by a nonbeliever. It’s one of the greatest defenses of Christianity ever penned. Theodore Dalrymple is always worth reading. A key sentence - “To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.”

http://www.city-journal.org/html/17_4_oh_to_be.html


19 posted on 08/26/2013 2:45:20 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Zeppo
You mean even more smug and annoying than Prius drivers?

Ah, but those are often one and the same.

20 posted on 08/26/2013 2:48:31 PM PDT by BfloGuy (People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.)
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To: martin_fierro

Obama certainly doesn’t believe in the sanctity of life. Charles Krauthammer said he voted against a ban on partial birth abortion three times. By the by, I recently asked an MD friend of mine if he had ever run across anyone in medical school who was going to specialize in abortion? He said, “Are you kidding?” He said that this was regarded as being ghoulish. It’s the losers who end up in the abortion mills. They need the money.


21 posted on 08/26/2013 2:51:55 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Heartlander

I have met smug people of every belief and faith system. Smug Muslims, VERY smug Buddhists, and yes smug atheists.

It’s not the smugness that bothers me, but the abject hatred of those with a different viewpoint held by the so-called ‘new atheists’. They are markedly divergent from the atheists of the past (less intellectually honest, more prone to philosophical laziness). The real problem is that all their role-models are d9cks, so they tend to be d9cks. A shame, because there are some very respectful atheistic scholars out there, but Dawkins gets all the press.

The most annoying aspect is of course the need to remove any religion from view as if it causes emotional trauma when they see it. I am a Christian, but I have no problem if someone wants a Ganesh statue atop their grave. I have found many atheists to be the least tolerant people I’ve met, and I use the word ‘tolerance’ in its true sense of being respectful toward those who peacefully disagree.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 2:52:48 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Heartlander; zot; Interesting Times; SeekAndFind

An interesting article by an atheist who takes the ‘dawkinites’ to task. Alternate title, how to be an atheist and not be boorish about it.


23 posted on 08/26/2013 2:56:25 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: dsrtsage

“(for example that came up with plate tectonics was originally laughed out of his field, not to mention the guy who figured out ulcers were caused by bacteria was mocked for years)”

I heard a story once of how the term ‘Big Bang’ had come to be used. It was actually a mocking term invented by some atheistic science big wig who hated the theory. Atheists at the time were desperate to prove that the universe had existed infinitely in the past, to help their case. Eventually of course, the theory came to be the mainstream view, and I believe the guy ended up committing suicide. Sad story.

“Actually, need to be a little more specific...when he denigrates religion, he denigrates christian religion, never a word about islam, or budha, or any other religion.”

Very typical, and a little annoying as other ‘religions’ have many more obvious logical flaws than Christianity.


24 posted on 08/26/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Zeppo

The overlap between atheists and prius drivers is probably pretty substantial.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 3:18:11 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: svcw
Funny, I do not think atheists are smug at all, they are simply terrified.

I kinda' like 'em.

They don't come around knocking on your door trying to hand you some bizarre literature.

26 posted on 08/26/2013 3:23:29 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: dsrtsage
The atheists the writer refers to are the ones who ostentatiously and obnoxiously make themselves known. Many are not true atheists but rather believers who hate the God they nervously believe exists but Who does not promote the appropriate subjects. They actually believe that God shouldn't exist. The actual nonbeliever doesn't much care what believers believe because he himself believes that belief is irrelevant unless the rulers of society require him to believe.
27 posted on 08/26/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: discostu

Many of the in-your-face atheists base their entire identity on atheism and on everyone else knowing that they are atheists and in trying to force all others to be atheists, sort of like militant homosexuals. Both groups appear to be totally obnoxious to non nonbelievers because the obnoxious ones are the examples that make themselves know.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 3:27:01 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: elkfersupper

Nothing wrong with a bit of bizarre literature. I get a mailbox full of bizarre literature from my local homeowner’s association. Apparently failing to mow your lawn every weekend no exceptions is a ‘blight on humanity’.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 3:34:35 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon
Apparently failing to mow your lawn every weekend no exceptions is a ‘blight on humanity’.

Move.

I would.

30 posted on 08/26/2013 3:37:08 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Heartlander

It is worth remembering that atheism in all of its dictrinaire political manifestations killed 100 million people in the 20th century.

How many people did the Spanish Inquisition kill?


31 posted on 08/26/2013 3:41:11 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: elkfersupper

You’re probably on to something there. :)


32 posted on 08/26/2013 3:47:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: discostu
It’s the social media. A whole lot of social media is dedicated to be an @#$#$%^ version of your particular group.

Or the Internet generally.

After WWII there was a feeling that in some sense irreligion had "failed," that without God or gods to restrain people, men would become beasts, so atheists were more modest.

That age is over. The feeling has died out. So atheists can be smug again. A lot of people prefer the word "agnostic" just to indicate that they aren't going to go on the offensive against the beliefs of others.

33 posted on 08/26/2013 3:52:06 PM PDT by x
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To: GreyFriar

Apparently, there are various denominations in atheism, and they don’t like each other.


34 posted on 08/26/2013 5:19:44 PM PDT by zot
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To: dsrtsage
it is logically impossible for there to be a god,

That is true if you only accept God because of proof. Christians accept God because of their faith are not searching for proof.

If you seek proof of a God occupying space in the heavens somewhere, you are looking in the wrong place.

There would be little point in explaining why a Christian acts on his beliefs through faith but this short video may help you to understand where God resides

This doesn't mean you should adopt these beliefs but at least you will be a little better informed.

God doesn't believe in atheist

35 posted on 08/26/2013 5:20:03 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Heartlander

I love talking to atheists .... I just ask them when they shake their fist at the sky or smash their thumb with a hammer or stub their little toe.... Who exactly are they taking too....?

Really, really pisses them off....


36 posted on 08/26/2013 5:28:27 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: dsrtsage
"Actually, need to be a little more specific...when he denigrates religion, he denigrates christian religion, never a word about islam, or budha, or any other religion."

The funny thing is, people like your nephew don't realize that they're proving the truth of Christianity by their very actions. Jesus said it would be this way.

37 posted on 08/26/2013 5:29:22 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: Heartlander

They are intellectually smarter than you and me. Get over it.

/ sarc


38 posted on 08/27/2013 2:25:17 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: JZoback

I don’t shake my fist at the sky, for self inflicted wounds the anger is usually directed at myself.


39 posted on 08/27/2013 2:29:57 PM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants.)
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To: zot
Apparently, there are various denominations in atheism, and they don’t like each other.

Five deities that I know : Obama, Nature, Race, Academia, and the Media. Nothing of these five can be questioned and their truths are just that - the truths they hold self evident.

40 posted on 08/27/2013 2:31:26 PM PDT by llevrok ("It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words....." - Geo. Orwell)
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To: Heartlander
Smug Alert!


41 posted on 08/27/2013 2:37:52 PM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Heartlander
I don't know where I heard it first, but a few years ago I heard someone describe atheist's motto this way:

"There is no God, and I hate Him."

42 posted on 08/28/2013 10:40:53 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Heartlander

I will risk decapitation by quoting Noam Chomsky on FR - when asked by an atheist if he was one he replied, “Tell me exactly what it is I’m not supposed to believe in and I’ll let you know.”


43 posted on 08/28/2013 10:44:24 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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