I can’t wait to move to Kansas!

Oh man, I’m reading the articles on Reasonfest.  You know how some people say to never read the comments because it’s depressing?  Oh, not me.  These are our opponents.

Take this one from the Lawrence paper:

More than the defectives calling themselves ‘open-minded’.

After all, how open-minded can one be if they deny the existence by definition.

Calling that “open-minded” is tantamount to mental disorder. Believe or not, just don’t claim “open-mindedness” where there isn’t any.

Sure, it’s a little depressing that for all my optimism about humanity’s potential there are people who fail to ascend above ground level, but it’s also good to see so many atheists intruding upon the one of the only places such people can still make those comments without social consequences (anonymous forums and church) to smack them around!

Keep being grumpy and mistaken, we’ll just keep smiling and growing….




Here’s another good one:

I remember an incident about 20 years ago when some atheists held a candlelight vigil by the Union Celebrating Darwin’s birthday. The display had the appearance of a religious ceremony and note that it was his Birthday they celebrated, not the date he published or conceived the idea of evolution. It was as if Darwin had become a deity to them. At the time, I thought it was ironic, but no one ever pointed out the paradox in the news.

1.  To see a religious person, who clearly thinks religion is awesome, debase a group by saying they’re just like a religion, makes me smile.  Like a porn star ragging on another porn star for showing too much cleavage.

2.  Holding a few candles to remember someone who died and did not rise from the dead, but because of accomplishments that contributed to human knowledge, is nothing like a religion.  It’s gratitude to a mortal for his particular brilliance, not kneeling at the feet of an all-powerful being who also happened to commit genocide against almost all of humanity.

I could sit here and read this all day, but sadly I have to move on to other news stories.  Man, I can’t wait to move to Kansas in August!  Seriously – I’ll be like a kid in a candy store.

Oh, and one more thing from the Kansas City paper:

A 2-on-2-style tag-team debate titled “Moral Combat: Atheism vs. Christianity” will be held April 21 in the afternoon. Nationally known atheist speakers J.T. Eberhard and Matt Dillahunty will compete against John-Mark Miravalle, a doctor of theology at the School of Faith, who offers classes to University of Kansas Students at the St. Lawrence Center. He will be joined by his father, a professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

1.  I’m a nationally known atheist speaker?  Can I get this article in plaque form to send to mom and dad?

2.  I’m mentioned in the same breath as Matt Dillahunty!  Can I get this article in plaque form to send to mom and dad?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Artor

    Ooh! JT & Dillahunty on the same lineup?!? I hope Miravalle has done his homework and can actually provide a decent debate. It’s so sad when you guys go to the trouble to set up something like this, only to find your opponent can’t reason his way out of a wet paper bag. Please post a transcript after!

  • Silent Service

    You do spend a lot of time flying around speaking. And drinking; I have heard that there is drinking too. Does that make you a nationally known atheist drinker?

  • Nick Johnson / Remijdio

    By the logic of the whole candle light vigil thing every time we celebrate MLK day we’re almost worshiping him as a deity.
    To make the leap from a simple celebration to full blown worship is not just obnoxious, it’s idiotic.

  • Jasper

    What these people seem to mean by “open mindedness” is 100% complete gullibility – to the point where one will cheerfully accept, without question, anything anyone else tells them.

    … because one they disagree with that, and that some amount of convincing is okay, and still being able to be “open minded”, then atheists are now open minded too.

    We’re just waiting for evidence for their claims, as most people would consider to be a rational thing to do. Calling it “denial” is begging the question as to whether they’ve actually demonstrated that God is real.

    I’m sorry, but idiotic little logic games, devoid of any attempt at empirical confirmation, do not qualify – and we can have a detailed discussion, on demand, as to why that’s the case.

    They make claims they can’t back up, and rarely have even a rudimentary understanding of epistemology and the standards of evidence. When we make claims, we can support and discuss the topic at every conceivable level – from the most basic epistemological concepts to the numerous independent cross-corroborating lines of evidence supporting and demonstrating everything we say. We can discuss the basis for knowledge in gory detail.

    They have “faith”.

    I guess I’m a bit tired of being called “closed minded” because I’d like people to back up their claims before I’ll accept them.

    • Glodson

      I hate the open-minded gambit too. They fail to realize that we, for the most part, are open-minded. I am willing to consider anything, as long as there’s evidence and reason to do so. I will not waste my time considering something with no evidence. There’s no point.

      And the accusation is almost nothing but projection. I’m willing to consider anything if evidence is provided, they’ll dismiss anything despite the evidence if it contradicts or undermines their faith.

      • Tel

        Ja, open-mindedness is only a good thing if you consider the possibilities and then throw out the crap. Too many people forget the second step.

      • invivoMark

        Hence QualiaSoup’s open-mindedness video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T69TOuqaqXI

        I’ve shown this video many times. It shuts people up very quickly.

  • http://faehnri.ch/ eric

    To see a religious person, who clearly thinks religion is awesome, debase a group by saying they’re just like a religion, makes me smile.

    Yup, they’re trying to bring atheism down to their level.

  • Tellin It Like It Is

    The Goldstein Squad can’t wait for you to move to Kansas either!

    Those guys, and one gal, are Bat Guano Insane!

  • Stogoe

    Is the Franciscan University of Steubenville located in the (Inter)Nationally-Known-For-Videotaping-Their-Gang-Rapes-Steubenville?

  • Rain

    note that it was his Birthday they celebrated, not the date he published or conceived the idea of evolution.

    I didn’t know they had pinned down the date he conceived the idea of evolution. It must have been one of those apples-falling-on-your-head moments like Newton had. *apple falls on head* — Hey! Evolution! Eureka!