I Sold My Soul On eBay Review: Deep Thoughts (by Mojoey)

Mojoey (of the fantastic Atheist Blogroll) has a great review of I Sold My Soul on eBay up at his site.

Forget the review itself for a moment. Mojoey tells of the perils he endured while simply in possession of the book at an airport:

[Hemant's note: A few corrections have been made by me]

I was singled out to go through the sniffer, which was followed by a manual check of my bags. The lady who checked my bags pulled [I Sold My Soul on eBay] out and looked at it for a moment.

“Are you an atheist?” I answered “Yes.”

She pointed to the tables at the end of the line. “Step over there.”

15 minutes later I was cleared to enter the airport. Note to self – next time say “huh – what?”

So much security… and Mojoey’s white! Man, that’s just scary.

It didn’t stop there. As he waited in line to board his flight, someone else noticed the book:

A funny little man was collecting newspapers to read prior to boarding a flight. My computer bag was resting where my ass had been a few minutes before. Hemant’s book was on top. The newspaper man reached down and picked it up (which pissed me off).

“Why would an atheist care about faith – that’s stupid, why are you reading such a stupid book?”

I am defiantly not the Friendly Atheist, I’m more like the really big scary man you never want to piss off – my response to the newspaper collector is not printable. The newspaper man dropped my book, tripped over a chair in his haste to depart, while loudly proclaiming “I’m sorry man, I’m sorry.”

Security came over to talk to me, they asked what happened. I said ‘”huh – what?”

Mojoey finally boarded the plane. But his adventures with the book didn’t stop there…:

One of the flight attendants was passing out the little indigestible snack boxes filled with dried fruit can cookies. She paused and looked at the back of the book. Her face screwed up like a prune as she read the words “Unique insights from an atheist’s Sunday-morning odyssey.” I turned the cover toward her, she recoiled like a vampire from a cross. I never got a snack box.

I owe Mojoey a snack box the day we meet in person.

With all the craziness my book put him through, he still gives it a very kind review.

I should also give a mention of the best line in the posting, one that the book’s marketing team will surely enjoy:

I hate to say it, but I Sold my Soul on eBay made me want to go to church.

Not necessarily for the same reasons as a Christian would… but still :)

I’m loving these stories of people having scuffles or interesting conversations because of the book. Please keep sending them along!


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  • http://www.subversivechristianity.blogspot.com Kerry

    *I Sold My Soul on Ebay* may be a fantastic book, and I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing it. But I just don’t believe these anecdotes by Mojoey. How credible is it that he’d be hassled by a security person simply because he admitted to being an atheist? Or that a stranger would gratuitously insult him about his atheism–especially if he looks as big and badass as he says he does? Or that a stewardess, trained in artificial politeness, would recoil at the sight of a book cover? All this makes for a good story, but it just seems incredible. This isn’t to deny, by the way, that atheists can be hassled for their atheism. It’s just to say that this story of harrassment just doesn’t ring true. Sorry.

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  • http://www.christianheretic.com The Christian Heretic

    It’s just to say that this story of harrassment just doesn’t ring true. Sorry.

    It rings true to me, and I live in one of the most liberal cities in the world here in Toronto, Ontario.

    There are people out there (people I’ve met) who, when they hear the word “atheist” with their ears, actually hear the words “demon-possessed baby-killer” in their minds.

  • http://mojoey.blogspot.com Mojoey

    It is somewhat funny really, here in Los Angeles; I do not expect to get any harassment. There are too many non-religious people here and too much diversity. People for the most part, just do not care. The security story most likely had nothing to do with the book. I was singled out for special treatment at the start of the security process. I think they intended to do a full search of my baggage because the sent me down the special explosives sniffed line. The lady who saw my book simply did not approve.

    The newspaper collector was Korean and looked to be a wait in line evangelist. You know what I mean, the people who find any reason to talk to you about God. He was annoying and got under my skin. That fact that he touched my stuff was enough to set me off.

    The flight attendant, if figured her for a Texas bible thumper. I spend a lot of time in the land of the hyper-religions also known as Texas. When people find out I am an atheist, the reactions are usually negative.

  • http://musings.meanderwithme.com Allison

    Kerry, living in Santa Fe (yet another liberal city), I doubt I’d get much grief. But I can tell you that reading Hemant’s book in my former home of Colorado Springs, I would be asking for abuse.

    Hmmm…must remember to pack that next time I head up to visit family. I smell a dining-solo-with-a-book moment coming on, LOL.

  • http://mollishka.blogspot.com mollishka

    That’s hilarious! How come this stuff never happens to me? I was reading the book in the airport and on the planes and everything and no one mentioned a thing; everyone was on-par polite.

  • Richard Wade

    Why would you want this kind of stuff to happen to you? What a pain in the ass. I don’t want to get into a spiritual conflict with some dork semi-paranoid security guard, or a three hour philosophical debate with a socially inept accountant with halitosis sitting next to me on the plane. Leave me frikkin’ alone.

    I keep telling you guys but nobody listens. Cover your atheist books with brown paper jackets like you used to make in school. Print “How to Clean your Own Septic Tank” on the front. Other suggested titles: “Tropical Diseases of the Skin,” “Bicameral Impositions of Euripides,” “Lesser Known Works by Goethe,” The Psychodynamics of ‘Love Story’” or better yet just “Love Story.”

    There’s three things you should never discuss face to face with strangers: your sex life, your bowel habits and your spiritual beliefs.

  • Stephen

    When flying I sometimes read a book on air disasters. The reactions I get don’t go as far as these, but the expressions on peoples faces are quite amusing.

  • http://www.theblanchard.com John

    Got my copy on Thursday, and was actually planning on reading it during my flight from Oklahoma City to Burbank tomorrow. I’m interested to see how that goes now!

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  • ESTER LOMBANA

    HELLO,

    I SAW YOU TODAY AND I WAS SHOCKED THAT A CHRISTIAN PROGRAM WOULD HAVE YOU ON THE AIR. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHY ARE YOU REJECTING GOD’S LOVE? WHETHER YOU BELIEVE ON HIM OR NOT ONE DAY YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME FACE TO FACE WITH HIM AND EXPLAIN TO HIM WHY YOU DID NOT BELEIVE HIM. I THINK YOU ARE SO BLESSED BECUASE IT SOUNDS TO ME GOD IS JUST SENDING YOU SO MANY PEOPLE TO SHOW YOU HE IS REAL, BUT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO DENY HIM. I PRAY THAT YOU GET TO KNOW HIM BECAUSE IN MY LIFE HE IS NOT RELIGION, HE IS MY BEST FRIEND AND PARTNER.

    HE LOVES YOU!

    ESTER LOMBANA

  • http://atheistself.blogspot.com David W.

    I just read the book while flying here and there as well. I never got a single comment, which is a shame because I had braced myself for them!

    Fantastic book, Hemant. I echo Mojoey’s comment, it made me want to go to church [with a notebook and a tape recorder!]

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  • http://americanscot.blogspot.com T&A

    Or that a stewardess, trained in artificial politeness, would recoil at the sight of a book cover?

    These types exist. I’ve been a flight attendant for almost twelve years, and in that time I’ve encountered many who fit this description.

    Fundies believe they are above the rules, that they answer only to jeebus.
    I’m not in the least bit surprised.

    On behalf of those few atheistic flight attendants out there, I apologize to you Mojoey!