WITHOUT GOD…our week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday. Seven days without God …makes one weak!!

For a $20 donation to the SSA, I had to suffer though this post.


First, who cares what it’s called?  It could be called Poop Day and it would still take place at the same time, have the same temperature, and people would still do the same stuff.  If losing out on all the homophobia and human sacrifice throughout history in the name of god(s) could be achieved for no change beyond the alteration of a single vowel…ok.  Good trade.


Because religious people don’t mourn.  Oh, is the poster saying we’d mourn the absence of belief in god?  I’m going to go with “probably not.”  We’d be too busy having protected pre-marital sex and learning about science.


Yup, nonbelievers can cry when we’re sad.  Of course, so do religious people.  But what gets me about religious people is what doesn’t provoke tears in them.  Take me: an atheist who doesn’t steal, lie (for the most part), or kill.  I could wind up in hell burning for all eternity.  And while many Christians will tear up when their favorite sitcom character gets dumped, they don’t shed a single tear for the maximum possible suffering they believe is very real.

Nor do they weep at the notion of having to spend eternity watching way more people roasting in hell than enjoying paradise in heaven.  I see three possible explanations for this:

1.  They are psychotically devoid of empathy.

2.  They think god will dope them up on his love enough to suppress their empathy.  In which case, if you worship that god, you are probably psychotically devoid of empathy.

3.  They don’t believe this shit.

Tears aren’t necessarily bad.  I know the point of “Tearsday” was to imply that atheists are miserable, which is absurd.  Some atheists are miserable just like some religious people.  The difference is that when atheists are happy we’re happy without confusing fiction for reality.  But when tears are appropriate, it speaks volumes of the faithful when their eyes are dry.


Is this asserting that people who don’t believe in god are wasting…what?  Their lives?  I wasted many years not having sex because of my religious beliefs.  I wasted countless mornings I could’ve been playing basketball sitting in a church pew.  If anything wasted part of my life, it was faith.


If god exists, then he made all sorts of contaminants for water which spread sickness for most of humankind’s history.  We figured out how to purify water using secular thought.  We also invented Viagra, which will help the god who invented all the things we had to cleanse from our drinking water to go fuck himself.


Like tears, fighting is not necessarily a bad thing.  I fight bad ideas and I’m happy to do so.  Of course, when people spend more of their time fighting against grown men and women who want to love other consenting adults of their choice than they spend fighting global hunger, then religion has made them into bad people.

And leave it to a pro-religion piece to use “fight” as a pejorative, as if one should be proud to be complicit to a god who commands silliness and injustice.


I don’t even know…

And lastly, piss all over the idea that not believing in god makes one weak.  We’re not the ones so petrified of hell that we run away from our good sense in order to adopt the myth selling us that fear.  We’re the ones who defy the social consequences in place for non-belief.  Oh, you’re going to fire me from my job, kick me out of the house, or ostracize me because I don’t share your beliefs?  So be it.  My integrity is worth it, as is without fear of what might happen if I announce my defiance.

It doesn’t take a lot of strength to live life as part of the comfortable majority.  You want to know what weakness looks like?  You can see it every time a believer slinks back to the shadows of their church rather than defending their beliefs, even as the atheist is ready to go another round.  That’s what weakness looks like.

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.

  • Jack Carlson

    Without the Christian god the names of the days of the week would be the same, seeing as how they’re derived from the names of Teutonic, Norse and Roman gods.

  • Glodson

    For a $20 donation to the SSA, I had to suffer though this post.

    You got hosed. I didn’t even last 20 seconds looking at that garbage. I’ve seen some bad arguments for god, or against atheism, but arguing that the names of the days which are already named for pagan ideas would be different without Christianity is mindnumbingly stupid.

  • Jasper

    It’s like the ex boyfriend/girlfriend/itfriend who can’t stand the idea that you’re happy and living life after breaking up, so they start convincing his/her self that no, you’re actually miserable… you have to be.

    • Glodson

      That, and they really don’t want to see us living happy and fulfilled lives without having to get up at the ass crack of dawn to listen to people drone on about bronze aged myths.

      Seeing us happy makes them bitter as they have the unpleasant notion that they’ve been wasting their time.

    • Kodie

      I don’t even think it’s that deep. They are recruited to be puppets of their organization. After some time in it, they are rendered completely fearful as to what happens outside their category. This is the kind of meme that rings true to certain people because they are constantly being told they should be suspicious of anyone who doesn’t believe, of any attraction toward disbelief. One of the effects is how they view atheists, and we are here to prove them wrong. It is a scare tactic to make them stay and make them keep putting in tithes. It is not just how they perceive the “other,” the atheist, but how they are trained to perceive themselves should they wander away. It does end up being the same thing, but if they were taught that atheists can be ok people also, it wouldn’t lock them into their beliefs out of fear of losing belief.

      I have read a lot of deconversion stories confessed by posters on atheist blogs, and that sounds really horrible. Whenever someone says that belief is a benign thing overall, I think, they are not merely learning how to serve Christ or whomever by being charitable, they are fearing what will happen to them if their thoughts wander to life outside of belief. Memes like this reinforce their superiority because if they could be just as good without god, why wouldn’t they consider it? Deconversion is, by many accounts, a terrifying step. This superstitious fear that something awful will happen, this is the superstitious part of it. Being whatever they perceive as loving to others is not it. Fearing what happens to them without god is the same thing as fearing that your mother’s back will break if you step on a crack in the sidewalk.

  • Melody Hollis

    Any time I see a post on facebook that begins with “Without God” and ends with an assumption of how weak, miserable, lost, hateful, scared etc. non-believers are, I really have to hold back from pointing out how idiotic that statement is.

    I know how it is, though. When I was a Christian, those little sayings were a way of sharing with my fellow Christians how special we were and, really, how superior we felt. I honestly thought that “unbelievers” were the criminals I saw on the news getting arrested for murder, stealing, drugs, and child abuse. It never occurred to me that there were people who were ethical, moral, kind and empathetic who also did not believe in God.

    I see this attitude in a lot of the well-meaning Christian people in my life. Their majority status seems to keep them from seeing how insulting their prejudice is to non-Christians. That is one of the main reasons I “came out” as an Atheist. I do think it’s important for Christians (the honest ones, anyway) to be forced to admit that godlessness does not equal depravity. On the other hand, every time a Christian says something as absurd as, “There’s no success without God” it only goes toward discrediting their authority.

    • Glodson

      I wonder if people who use this idea of godlessness being linked to depravity understand what is at work here. It serves to both galvanize the believer and put social pressure on the atheist. The believer gets to look down on this straw-atheism and so puts pressure on the atheist to not come out.

      Which is why it is good that more of us are forcing our theistic friends and family to deal with it. Maybe the doubts they already have will magnify as they see falsehoods about godlessness exposed for the lies they are.

      • Melody Hollis

        It’s funny. When I was a Christian, we would always say that we need to be positive and kind and “let our light shine” so that the rest of the world would see how great it is being a Christian. Here we are letting the Christians know that those are not traits exclusive to them. It’s not my goal to convert anyone to Atheism…just to be seen as an equal and worthy individual capable of making positive contributions to society. Is that so much to ask?

        • Glodson

          The thing is that I want to convert people. I want people to change. I don’t want them to do so out of fear. I want them to look at their own beliefs, look at the assumptions built into them, and think critically about their religion. I believe that religion wilts in the face of reason.

          But part of the myth of Christianity is how happy Christ makes you. This ignores all the things a Christian is supposed to feel guilty over. Like when the Bible says that lust in your heart is the same as adultery. If that was true, then I would be like the worst husband ever despite my monogamy.

  • invivoMark

    Those names make the weekend sound a whole lot more fun!

  • Kaoru Negisa

    I think I like Harlan Ellison’s different names better. At least some of them. Freesday, for example, is a lot more fun than Fightday (also, we all know that it’s *Saturday* night that’s all right for fighting). Middle of the week still kinda sucks. And “Shatterday” was actually the name of the book Ellison wrote his renames in.

  • http://umlud.blogspot.com Umlud

    I wonder why people who believe this twaddle would say when you point out to them that – apart from Sunday and Monday (which are named after the sun and the moon) – the days of the week are derived from:

    Tuesday = Tyr’s day
    Wednesday = Woden’s (aka “Odin’s”) Day
    Thursday = Thor’s day
    Friday = Frigg’s Day

    Saturday = Saturn’s Day

    So… the sun, the moon, four Norse gods (who also have Anglo-Saxon carry-over) and one Roman god. In other words: VERY Christian.

  • Kodie

    What, these are the worst puns I’ve ever seen. Are they saying atheists would make terrible puns? Another thing I really hate since there’s no god is the religious idea that if there were no god, without god, etc., since even if they believe in god, there’s still no god. Those are their fears. Religion is a tool of fear. Without god, they would fucking fall apart, because they are loosely held together by a lie they call strength. If it disappeared, if there were a god and one day he said “see ya!” who would clean up after them? They’re not prepared for reality. In some ways, they are helpless. When they do not believe that we are an animal species, that we have something extraordinary going on as humans, because ‘god’, they do not have what it takes to survive.

  • Lori Searcy Moss

    because u are blind to spiritual matters (2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the
    unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the
    glory of Christ, who is the image of God) u aren’t able to see these references to the days of the week are spiritual not physical. For example many people (i was one of them) are weighed down by sin and their lives become shattered by the decisions they make not to follow God or accept Jesus as their Savior. i also think it’s really smug of u to generalize all Christians in ur comments. that’s like saying all Hispanics are from Mexico. Not all Christians act or behave the way ascribe in ur comments.

    • Nankay

      Not all Christians…just ones like you.

    • Zinc Avenger

      Oh, that fun-loving God, He’s always blinding people’s minds so they can’t see Him and then sending them for eternal torture for not believing in Him.

      Just like when He hardened Pharaoh’s heart then called down a plague of dead children as punishment for Pharaoh’s hard-heartedness.

      Such a prankster. He is just so love!