Ed the Combox Atheist

 

Guest blogger Ed Blanch comments regularly on various religious websites and he blogs at There’s No Sky Fairy where he regularly receives 273 visits a month. Ed is taking a break from his studies at North Jersey College of Technology. Domiciled in his mom’s basement, Ed is busy developing an exciting new video game concept.

He doesn’t have time to write a guest post, but we’ve been lucky enough to have Ed visit the combox where he displays the amazing stuff he learned in his comparative religion class and from the internet. Here’s the latest from Ed.…

I think once again the theist is trying to find ways to attack atheists, and as there are few lagitimate arguments for the theist they resort to things like this, some sort of hypocrisy, although you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the difference between Santa, a bit if harmless fun, a genuine fairy tale which is enjoyed and taken lightly throughout the world, and Christianity, a far right wing, religiously invoked political movement that takes advantage of the uninformed and the vulnerable, and have outrageously damaging beliefs and doctrine. We all stop believing in Santa at an early age, any intelligent mind would do the same with the equally rediculous claims of theological religions…

I mean This is so outrageously rediculous it’s funny, French revolutionary atheist induced murder? Lie!, Nazi regime? Roman Catholic. Stalin regime? A result of left wing politics, not atheism, there is no proof anybody has killed in the name of atheism, hitler was a roman catherlic, who announced his faith several times, and on each S.S. uniform was a religious engraving, devoting them to God. In America it is a small minority, unfortunately for you theists though, this is one that will grow and grow, in the UK here, 70% of the population claim to be irreligious, with 30% claiming to be atheist, Norway, 85% atheist, France 40% , Vietnam 80%, Japan 70%, Europe as a whole over 50% atheists, the figures are growing and growing, the trend does suggest that developing countries are more likely to be religious due to poor education, and the Middle East, probably due to extreme punishments for apostacy, and teachings of Islam in schools as truth. The aging professor, is Richard Dawkins, a pioneer in his field of biology and a soldier of the truth, a true gentleman. If I was you, I would start getting used to atheism, it’s not going anywhere, and unless your intelligently inferior you won’t believe the right wing sadistic bollocks it spouts anyway

I do agree with abortion, I believe a child likely to born in poverty, or as a result if rape, or deformed shouldn’t have to endure the horrific life that would proceed him/her, I do believe it should be a thought out, carefully discussed and professionally advised parental decision.
I don’t worship satan, as I don’t believe he exists, but if you research God, you’ll find he’s a evil, genocidal, misogynistic, homophobic, filacidal, jealous, sadistic racist, so given the opportunity I would probably rather go to hell and sit with the more loving lucifer than spend a second worshipping a sadistic moron like that. Harsh I know but true.

PS: I now don’t bother to compose Ed Blanch posts. I just lift stuff straight from the combox –mis spellings and all. The interesting thing is, these quotes are from a guy who is actually called ‘Ed’. 

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  • vox borealis

    Soooo funny, until you realize these are actual comments. Then it’s still funny, but not much “ha ha funny” as “shake your head in disbelief funny.”

  • Lila

    The air in his Mom’s basement must be really thin… ;)

  • http://www.treesforlunch.blogspot.com JD Curtis

    Oh brother! Keep this guy coming Fr D. He’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

  • Marye

    Those mean-spirited theists, always looking for ways to attack atheists. Thank you for this, it’s been a challenging day and gave me some much-needed chuckles.

  • Nathan

    Funny until you get to the line about how he’d rather go to hell than worship God. It’s lines like those that really drive home why Hell exists. If you don’t want Heaven no one forces you in. Wasn’t it CS Lewis who said something like in the end there are two kinds of people, those who say to God thy will be done and those to whom God says thy will be done?

  • Stan Norman

    I suspect in a ‘contest of the ridiculous’ your bible would win over Ed. Noah’s Ark, talking serpents, casting out demons and so on. The sad part is that you let this collection of myths dominate your life, instead of choosing to be moral for goodness’ sake rather than because you think a god told you to be.

    Science may not provide ever provide answers to all our questions but that is a strength rather than a weakness, because a willingness to say ‘I don’t know’ is better than saying ‘magic did it’ anyday. Put simply science works, it leads to wonders and possibilities that are demonstrably real. That is why atheism is on the rise. Not because people choose a hedonistic lifestyle and reject a god they think is real, but because they realize how ineffectual the reliance on ‘magic’ is.

    I hope in the fullness of time that all sides of thhis debate will decide that the promotion of the virtues of kindness, empathy, generosity and tolerance are more important than pushing their theist or atheist agenda.

    In that spirit I sincerely wish all those reading a truly wonderful day.

  • Nan

    @Stan, you should read Fulton Sheen on tolerance. There’s a longer essay in “Life is worth Living,” the transcript of the tv show.
    In 1931, Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen wrote the following essay:
    “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance-it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.”
    “Tolerance is an attitude of reasoned patience toward evil … a forbearance that restrains us from showing anger or inflicting punishment. Tolerance applies only to persons … never to truth. Tolerance applies to the erring, intolerance to the error … Architects are as intolerant about sand as foundations for skyscrapers as doctors are intolerant about germs in the laboratory.
    Tolerance does not apply to truth or principles. About these things we must be intolerant, and for this kind of intolerance, so much needed to rouse us from sentimental gush, I make a plea. Intolerance of this kind is the foundation of all stability.”

  • clint

    Pray for this soul and all of our youth. When one is immersed in manure long enough it is quite certain what they will smell like, our culture is producing these examples of ignorance that are full of hate for all truth and tradition. Pretentious and prideful and unable to reason our youth are susceptible to all of the illusions of enlightenment presented by the new atheist. Simply protecting your children from the environment of the culture(private school, home school, helicopter parenting etc..) is no longer sufficient they must be taught to combat these insidious lies parading as truths. Not since the battle of Lepanto has our culture been so in the balance. Our Lady of Victory pray for us!

  • clint

    Theist do not choose to be” moral for goodness’ sake” rather they choose the good because God is good. Do these virtues that you wish to promote exist independently of there being a God or because there is a God? If there is no God why should we exalt any one type of behavior over another, does objective morality exist? If there is Truth is that an agenda or is it simply truth? PAX

  • FW Ken

    Actually, atheists seem to be terrible prudes. I once told a friend that of she didn’t want to be a Christian, fine, but she needed to stop being such a puritan.

    Being good for it’s own sake is fine, assuming we find some sort of agreement on the definition of goodness more substantial that being nice. While being nice is nice, life is much more complex than nice. Anyway, the human heart (mine at least) calls for something more than mere morality. It calls for eternal Love, who has shown Himself in Jesus of Nazareth. If you don’t believe, fine for you. My universe bests with the heat of a Father whose presence is heaven. And we are wanted in that heaven. He loves us he want a us. He is all the happiness for all time and beyond time.

    As for faith in science… dear me… people still believe that? Well, Titanic was unsinkable you know. Better living through chemistry… or electricity… or something.

  • David Zelenka

    It’s odd that those above are chuckling. I have friends and family that speak in these tones all the time. It’s the general meme out there. The truth is there are more people out there like Ed than you’d imagine. That perspective comes from most of my best friends. And the message above is not make-believe. It’s what people think. It’s far from funny. It’s the most sad thing on the planet.

    More of us should make friends with people like Ed. Then you’d understand what Pope Francis is talking about: (http://www.antrimparish.com/2013/04/pope-francis-triumphalism-is-a-temptation-of-christians), and what needs to be done in the world. We need to befriend Ed, not laugh at him. We need to get to know him. Take walks with him. Invite him over to dinner. Listen to his problems. Continue visiting Ed for years and years. We must love Ed. Because whether we know it or not, We are Ed.

    If you laugh at Ed, you’re laughing at yourself. Until you understand this, you will not understand who Jesus is. Oddly enough, if you get to know Ed, you will better understand who Jesus is. We all must seek to know Jesus better, and for some, especially those who laugh at Ed, it starts by learning how to love Ed.

  • Psy

    Another witch-hunt thread beating down and belittling a random someone no-one has ever heard of to make yourself look elevated. I imagine its easier to do that here than actually debate them on his blog. You could have invited him here to defend his position.

  • rd

    “be moral for goodness’ sake”
    –> but what is “goodness”? how do we know what it is? where does it come from?

    “Put simply science works”
    –> although science works today, but what makes us think it will work tomorrow? or even 10 seconds from now?

    “promotion of the virtues”
    –> same questions as for “goodness.” this is exactly what the Catholic Church is proposing as the starting point of dialogue, expressed even more clearly in modern terms by Vatican II. but even getting started is difficult because moral relativism dominates society. and the Church would not be the Church if that’s the end of it, because its mission (“agenda”) is to proclaim Christ.

  • Charles E. Mac Kay

    The wee soul, I wonder who he prays to when things get tough?

  • Michael

    Thank you Steve for such a positive atheist comment. Atheists are often characterized like this person, and some are like this, but in my experience they are the minority. I find what theists find most disturbing is that non-believers live good, productive and virtuous lives (although not infused with Divine Grace – what ever that means). We don’t lack wonder, and we don’t lack love and we don’t lack a purpose in our lives.

    I wish the believers well too. I was once one myself and I know the experience, but I am so much more fulfilled now, both with myself and with other people. Now if living a good life, being helpful to others and seeking to leave the world in a better condition than one found it, but not worshiping the correct God in the correct way with the correct beliefs somehow ends up with me spending eternity being tortured in hell. In my opinion that says more about that God than anything about me. And since I do not believe God exists, that threat of hell says a great deal about the persons who created this myth.

  • Dale

    Psy, as with you, I was a little puzzled about the purpose of this article. However, I don’t think “Ed Blanch” actually exists… at least not as described. The photo used to illustrate him is a mug shot from an Illinois college student who was expelled last year for bad behavior. That student’s name is neither Ed, nor Blanch.
    And a blog called “There’s no Sky Fairy” doesn’t seem to exist.

    The character of “Ed Blanch” seems to be a creation of Fr. Longnecker. I suspect this character was created to highlight actual comments which are posted to this blog. Perhaps Fr. Longnecker is feeling a little exasperated?

  • John K

    You folks are making fun of a guy in his youth. I’m sure each of you have said some fairly lame stuff when you were his age. So take it with a grain of salt as they say. Also just pulling his stuff off of his web site is ok, but if he is not aware of your criticism it does no good for him or you. Is Ed even aware that his words are posted here? Has he had the opportunity to review what you have posted and if so are you willing to have him comment on his statements? Now I am an atheist and I have to admit that several of the statements attributed to Ed here are disturbing. Most atheist I know are not as extreme as Ed.

  • Paul Rodden

    ’nuff said, David!
    The only difference is, we know we need redemption. :)

    Here are a couple of useful quotes (the second offering a technique) from Greg Koukl, a Protestant apologist I respect and learn a lot from…

    First:
    When dealing with non-Christians our responsibility is two-fold. The Gospel alone is offensive enough. We should not add more offense to it. Neither should we take any of the inherent offense from it.

    Second:
    If you’re placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, and judgmental, turn the tables. When someone asks for your personal views about a moral issue—homosexuality, for example—preface your remarks with a question.

    You say: “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking, and I’d be glad to answer. But before I do, I want to know if you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person. Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view? Do you respect diverse ideas, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from yours?” Let them answer. If they say they’re tolerant (which they probably will), then when you give your point of view it’s going to be very difficult for them to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too.

    This response capitalizes on the fact that there’s no morally neutral ground. Everybody has a point of view they think is right and everybody judges at some point or another. The Christian gets pigeon-holed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too. It’s an inescapable consequence of believing in any kind of morality.

    These guarantee we are tolerant, but not neutral and help deal with disagreement in a winsome way, yet protecting the Gospel.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Just to clarify: “Ed Blanch” is a fictional character I created as one of my ‘alter egos’. I used to write pretend ‘internet atheist’ pieces under Ed’s name. I have stopped doing that. Instead, I simply copy and paste comments that atheists post in my blog’s combox. I publish their comments there so all can see them, and I inform the commenter that their writings are now in a main post on my blog. I don’t know who the commenter is. I don’t know if he is young or old, but I do know that the writings are authentic comments to my combox.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Followers of my blog will know that “Ed Blanch” is one of my fictional alter egos. I used to write “internet atheist” pieces which were outrageously stupid as a fun bit of satire.

    I no longer do this. Instead I simply copy and paste real comments made by atheists in my combox. The latest post is an example of such.


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