How Militant Atheists Are Targeting Children

Jesus & Mo are none-too-pleased about the American Humanist Association’s latest billboard campaign:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705066677 Desiree Bell-Fowlks

    Love it!!  LOL

  • Dats3

    Awesome!  Several years ago when my son was 4 years old we were eating Sunday breakfast at a local McDonald’s.  While enjoying our hotcakes an elderly gentleman approached and asked me in a very solemn tone: “Why don’t  you have this child in church?”  My indignant reply was: “He’ll learn all about mythology when he starts school in few years.”  The elderly man’s face was that of shock and horror.  Wish they’d put billboards like that up in my area.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      It’s telling how desperate they are to get to children as young as possible. If their god is so self-evident, if faith is so natural and the desire to have a relationship with a deity inborn, then you wouldn’t see them target toddlers and preschoolers with such fervor. But I think deep down, they fear the opposite. They know that their god is going to seem crazy unless they teach children to believe in it before they’re old enough to question what they’re being told.

      • Dats3

        Yeah, I know.  I think too that they try to convince them at a young age because children are still developing their minds.  If they can stop critical thinking from developing then they belong to their religous masters.  My son is almost 9.  He asks a lot of questions about god. In fact, he decided he wanted to read the bible for himself recently stating he needed to what this religion thing was really about.  I told him to go right ahead.  It’s led to a lot of interesting discussion.  This from a nine year old. I’m really proud.

        • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

          Good for him! He’s far more curious than I was at that age. If he’s interested in comparative religion, you might find the following list helpful:

          http://www.amazon.com/Comparative-Religion-for-Young-Readers/lm/R3A83KM5OB37Q

          I always think it’s good for kids to get a global perspective. Here in our little American bubble, it’s easy to forget how many different religions are out there.

          • Baal

             My son got some bible stories early on.  He also got creation myths from several other religions as well.   My favorite creation myth was a story from Indonesia and involved turtles or somesuch.  I may have also done condensing ball of gases one that I made up as well.  (he was 4-6 at the time)

          • Dats3

            Thanks for the link. What’s driving that curiosity is one of his stepbrothers.  He’s older and goes to a crazy christian school. The 6000 yr old earth type. He doesn’t understand that belief when science says otherwise.  I’ve encourged him from early on to investigate and don’t take anyone’s word for it until you’re satisfied with your own research.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/A37GL7VKR3W6ACSIZPH7EID3LI rlrose63

          That is so excellent!  When my son was around 8, we were reading the new testament, the crucifixion story, and he stopped me and asked, “So… this Jesus guy is a zombie?”  I about lost it.  He gets it… why don’t they?

          • Intelligent Donkey

             Nooo, Jesus isn’t a zombie. Jesus is a lich.

            http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/04/08/an-easter-message/

          • http://twitter.com/ThundalArchsys Thundal Archsys

            Until I was 9 I thought that god was something the adults played along with, like Santa Claus (which was not something that was done in our house, because I figured it out before my parents started the christmas thing). You can imagine my shock when I was slapped by a teacher for something along the lines of “Look, there’s no kids in here, you don’t believe in that god thing, do you? Do you believe in santa claus too?”… My dad ^5′d me when he heard, and had me change classes. I wanna say I got a trip to Cici’s out of it too.

    • Blacksheep

      Why wasn’t HE in church?

      • IndyFitz

        Aha, touche!!

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

      your answer is great, but i would have been a bit more strident. “and you have the right to tell me how to raise my child, why, again? fuck off, and indoctrinate your own offspring. stay the hell away from my family.”

  • Randomfactor

    A friend’s son is in his first year of catholic school after being raised secular and in public school for a few years.  (Long story.)   Told to draw a picture of the Resurrection, apparently he had the Risen Christ cry out “Braaaainnnns!” 

    The teacher had to have it explained to her…

    • Tim

      I am being thick.  I don’t get it either.  Sorry

      • Dats3

        I think it’s a reference the zombie jesus meme. 

        • Baal

           Vampire Jesus meme never caught on. 

          • smrnda

             Wouldn’t it be the Christians who are the vampires? They’re the ones drinking his blood … or is that just the Catholics with transubstantiation?

            • Slade

              Hitchens, in a one of his great Hitch-slap moments, tells his debate opponent that it wasn’t only Jesus that rose from the dead – lots of people rose from the grave along with him- making it something of a banality.  It was hilarious.

      • Stev84

         You missed the great zombie apocalypse of Jerusalem?

        “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”
        –  Matthew 27:51-53

    • RobertoTheChi

      Ha ha ha! That is priceless!

  • Flugticket

    Omg your so foony, let me think, a very unusual explosion somewere in universe with criticaly unrealistic chances ov evolution is the big match…

    • RobMcCune

      Writing allows you time to organize and complete your thoughts.

    • IndyFitz

      The cute part is how you spew this stuff which clearly shows you have no understanding of the science you’re claiming is wrong.  There wasn’t an explosion SOMEWHERE in the universe; the explosion CREATED the universe.  And evolution is not critically unrealistic but BOUND to happen.  You can claim the chances are astronomically staggering, but only looking back on “what the odds were” of everything happening just as it has.

      Consider this series of coin flips:

      HEADS TAILS TAILS HEADS TAILS HEADS HEADS HEADS TAILS HEADS TAILS TAILS TAILS HEADS TAILS TAILS HEADS HEADS TAILS TAILS

      If you took a coin, what are the odds that this exact series of results will come up?   I believe it’s 1 in 1,048,576, but math guys, please check me on that.  If correct, that means I’d have to do 20 consecutive coin flips 1,048,576 times to likely come up with that sequence.

      But that would be the wrong answer.  The chances of that happening were 100 percent — because I just sat here and flipped a coin 20 times and typed the results.

      And I just realized I’ve spent ten minutes trying to explain extremely basic logic and science to someone who posted beginning with “Omg your so foony.”  I kow, colossal waste of time.  Sorry, everyone.

      • Marco Conti

        Glad I didn’t have to point that out to you :)

    • Intelligent Donkey

       You don’t believe in science, but you believe that you have an invisible magic friend in the sky? And that belief is based on a 2000 year-old book written by nomadic desert goat-herders, who thought that the sun revolved around a stationary earth?

      Now that is funny!

      Even funnier is your name, “Flugticket”, which means “flight ticket”. Without science, there would be no aircraft, no flights, and no “Flugticket”.

      • Ida Know

         Not to mention, no computers — you know, the thing they used to post their words to the Internet — and no Internet either.

    • Godlesspanther

      I know — it’s against your religion to actually get the point. 

    • Slade

      Our trolls aren’t even wrong around here.  Why can’t we get some erudite trolls – maybe someone from Coyne’s or Krausse’s blog/site.  What’s the deal Hemant?  Why are we only pissing off the morons?  I demand someone of more intellectual stature to pick on!

  • Robster

    There’s a vicious circle around the godbots attempts to spread their fraudulent nonsense amongst the young, they pretend to be involved in education because it’s the good thing to do, but really, they’re in it for money and to get more bums on pews pretending to worship their saviour on a stick. It’s so important that outside their well financed bigotry and discrimination duties, selling their nonsense to the kids is their most importand mission. Youth are saying “no” in increasing numbers and this of all their probems is the most demanding.

  • Marco Conti

    What I find hysterical is that every time there is an article about some precocious kid being raised without religion and being taught critical thinking skills instead, there is always some moron posting something along the lines of “His parents are brainwashing him away from God”. 

    Ha, the hypocrisy.

  • eonL5

    Just FYI, that comic is several years old (it’s a rerun). Not to say it’s not pertinent or timely still, but… 

    As stated on the site, it’s rerun in response to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5219687/Atheists-target-UK-schools.html


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