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Today I learned that Crock is an atheist (click to enlarge):
(via The Comics Curmudgeon)
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Yeah, always reconed religion is a load of crock…
I don’t get it. Sorry. Something is going right over my head, I’m sure.
Yeah I’m missing it too.
I’m guessing that the guy considers himself a wicked sinner (maybe evens revels in that part of his persona), so he decided NOT to give money to the church when he realized that the money would be use to punish people like him (or maybe even himself).
That’s also how I understood it.
With you on that.
Commandant Crock is a rather nasty fellow. He runs his Foreign Legion outpost with an iron fist. This whole post is pointless since Crock never at any point claims to be an atheist but only wishes to avoid donating money to a church that would supposedly impede his wicked ways.
I had to think about it for a few minutes, but I think the atheist angle could be seen as Crock being put off by the priest’s absolute certainty about his religious beliefs (punishing the wicked, bringing sinners to their knees), which implies certainty of god’s existence????? A stretch, but it’s the best I can come up with.
Makes Family Circus a chucklefest.
Don’t get it. I’m sure it’s too much overly double-plus-bad cerebral for me.
He obviously disagrees with the Churches mission to”Punish the wicked and bringing sinners to their knees”…
As he should, since the whole point of the Gospel is to change the heart of the wicked and forgive sinners.
Change the “heart” of the “sinner” (obey, submit and sacrifice) through intimidation, brainwashing, ostracism, creepy love-bombing, hateful bigotry and a weird belief in the morality of a genocidal god…Yahweh’s sadistic brat invented eternal torture…but he LOVES you. Crazy-ass beliefs. No. Thanks.
i’m so old, i remember when comics used to be witty and funny.
Yeah, even before me, some were witty and funny, but some were not. My grandfather would read the funny papers to my dad when he was a small boy, and enough of the comics were unfunny for them to get into the habit where my granddad would say, “NFDR,” which was understood to be short for “Not Funny, Don’t Read.” A generation later, I would sit on my dad’s lap and ask about a particular comic, and he’d say, “NFDR,” and we’d both have a little chuckle about our shared family tradition of not finding several of the funnies to be funny.
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