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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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wank•er noun \waŋ-kər\
1.chiefly British usually vulgar: See Richard Dawkins
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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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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