Troopers for Satan

The members of the Philosophy Club group at Emporia State University (Kansas) and the local Emporia Area Community of Humanists had their work cut out for them on Thursday when they sat at a table for Ask An Atheist Day:

Reader Austin shared with me his take on the day’s event as well as one memorable conversation that took place between himself, fellow atheist John, and a visitor to their table:

The event went great, with people stopping by with great questions, and more than a few excited to see that they weren’t the only atheist (or agnostic) in town. The Q&A was very respectful, with some good questions asked.

By far my favorite part of the night, however, was as follows:

Me: If you have any questions, feel free to ask. That’s what the whole event is about.

Drunk woman: I don’t have any questions! You’re all going to hell!

John: And that completely terrifies me.

Drunk woman: [Sarcastically] Oh, really?

John: Yes, I’m terrified that you don’t have any questions.

Woman: Whatever. You’re all troopers for Satan!

Unrelated note, tour dates for the newest metal band, Troopers for Satan, will be released soon.

I’ll be in the front row :)

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  • Ian Burch

    That’s my parents’ alma mater! — though back in the day it was called Emporia State Teachers’ College. I’m thinking there wasn’t Ask an Atheist Day when they graduated in ’68.

  • SeekerLancer

    Neat. I don’t know if I’m disappointed there aren’t more amusing stories going around or really happy that there apparently weren’t many encounters with idiocy this year. A bit of both I guess.

  • Kengi

    So, how can anyone tell the difference between the drunk Christian argument and a sober one? I suppose there were secondary indications which were visible in person…

  • Rain

    Maybe she meant “troupers”. Both words sound alike. Does anyone know if they were juggling or if they had any pet monkeys? I wasn’t there so I don’t know.

  • JA

    Trooper is another word for soldier, so it’s not a mispelling.

  • LesterBallard

    So it was the internet in real life.

  • Rain

    Maybe she was too drunk to spell it right!! Checkmate!

  • Castilliano


  • Feminerd

    I thought troupers were troubadours, the traveling minstrels and actors of the Medieval period. And troopers were soldiers, from troops. In that case, unless the atheists did indeed have pet monkeys or were juggling, the word was spelled correctly :)

  • A3Kr0n

    I prefer Zombie Troopers for Satan.

  • TheBlackCat13

    It reminds me of this one:

  • Daniel Wall

    Opening Act – Old Uncle Nick and the Draft Dodging Devils

  • A Portlander

    The “whooosh” is strong in this thread. S’okay Rain, I thought it was very clever.

  • Pattrsn

    Satin is often made of mixed fibers.

  • m6wg4bxw

    Encyclopedia Metallum doesn’t have a listing for “Troopers for Satan.” There are, however, 107 results for band names containing “Satan.”

  • Dave

    My true short story on discussing Atheism with someone………..Verbatum.

    If you are an atheist then you are evil!

    Why would that make me evil?

    Because you have no morals!

    Why would you say I have no morals? I would not hurt you,
    cheat you, steal from you any more than a religious person would. I live by the
    ten commandments even though I don’t believe they came from a supreme being. I
    am moral because it is my nature. I don’t need the threat of a supreme being to know what is right or wrong. Hitler was a Christian. Would you call him

    At least he was a Christian!!!

  • JA


  • chicago dyke

    sober xtians will ask you for money. drunk xtians will ask you for gay sex…

  • Austin

    Thanks for posting this, Friendly atheist! We enjoyed the chance to start dialogue on our campus. On a further note, we also had a great weekend at Reasonfest!

  • Michael

    Troopers in satin, never reaching the end…

  • Traci S McCool

    It really was a great experience. It began at the table, then, in the evening we put on a discussion/questioning event in the Union. When the Union closed we moved our conversations (and our sign) to a local bar, which is where the dialogue above took place.

  • baal

    letters are written, never meaning to send*

    *knowing this shows you’re old.