NonAtheist Logos Competition: Artists and Shitposters Enter Now!

Atheists Are Liars
Modern atheist leaders like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers and Richard Carrier and Lawrence Krauss are the Great Prophets of Organized Atheism.  All are also Bullshit FlimFlam Con Artist weaselly liars-for-cash. But as you can see, my art skills are retarded, so I can’t show it very impressively..

Hi. My name is Dean, and I’m a NonAtheist.

I used to be an atheist. Then I gave it up because it no longer made sense, and I realized modern atheism is just another cult.

Despite endless proselytizing and aggressive atheist marketing, it turns out atheists are a shrinking minority who pretend to be a majorityAtheism goes against human evolution and biology, and atheism isn’t particularly rational, scientific, or honest. Yet atheists frequently act like they are an intellectual and moral elite better than the NonAtheist majority.

I think it’s time for a NonAtheist movement. And I need your help.

I’ve been having fun for a while on this blog and on Social Media (a lot of it here on Twitter) educating people on what authentic human spirituality and theology  look like, and what the history of religion (especially the Christian religion) actually looks like. I do that while challenging shallow atheist propaganda about God and spirituality.

I’m also working on a couple of books, draft samples of which semi-regularly appear on this blog. As a handicapped man (I hate the PC term “disabled”) who can only work part time, I am trying to expand my income through writing and advocacy for the NonAtheist Majority.

A lot of atheists get mad at me–they say I’m hateful and mean and divisive. Some atheists even want to shut me up. I’ve had thinly veiled threats, considerable harassment, multiple efforts to hack my accounts, people contacting my current or former employers and associates, people issuing weird reports about me, and more.

I’m not afraid of them of course; I don’t play Damsel In Distress like a Feminist. I just need some good NonAtheist art.

But it’s ironic to me, it shows that atheists are pretty think-skinned when someone is blunt and logically critical of atheism. Some atheists claim I’m offensive and divisive.

But as Atheist Cult Leader Christopher Hitchens said:

Hitchens offended
If atheism is “just lack of belief” and you can’t ascribe any traits or prejudices to atheism, why would anyone get their feelings hurt or get angry when I criticize it?

I just look at empirical reality, and I notice how many atheists are shallow  bullies and superstitious fraidycats. Oh, and they say a lot of stupid stuff any logical person can easily debunk.

No, Not All Atheists Are Like That, and I still have atheist friends I joke with, although some of them squirm around me these days.

This professionally designed and copyrighted Atheist Logo was put together by people who supposedly aren't a movement and don't believe anything and have no agenda. Reprinted here for educational purposes, to call bullshit on Atheist propaganda.
Professionally designed and copyrighted Atheist Logo, one of many put together by people who supposedly aren’t a movement and don’t believe anything and have no agenda. Reprinted here for educational purposes, to call bullshit on Atheist propaganda. I declare fair use. Sue me if you don’t like it.

Most of what I write is jokes, although they’re jokes that I think have a Penn Jillette or George Carlin or Seth MacFarlane barb to them. Except we are not all as intelligent or talented or honest as each other. And I am certainly not a Mainstream Media Darling.

Since most atheist and antireligious entertainers these days seem to think it’s “admirable” and “brave”when atheists oversimplify, mock, scapegoat, distort, question-beg, and shit all over religious people–and act like that makes them “brave” and “daring”–I thought fair would be fair.

Time for the NonAtheist majority to be “brave” too. 

You may have noticed there’s a lot of Atheist propaganda art online. And brother, most of it is shallow and stupid beyond belief:

stupid atheist image
Atheist chowderheads think shallow crap like this is a deep and devastating response to an intelligent person’s view of religion or God. Then they whine that they’re oppressed by religion. Then they claim Atheism isn’t a belief or faith, even though 90% of atheists think exactly alike.

So anyway, what was I saying about art? Oh, right. I suck at art. I have a damaged visual cortex and can’t draw anything. I’ve tried. But maybe you’d like to do some NonAtheist art.

Some atheists have tried attacking my own religion. While I’m not ashamed to be an ex-Atheist orthodox Catholic (and I wish everybody was), I support anyone who believes in God or at least strong unapologetic spirituality–Hindu, Buddhist, a Shintoist, Pagan Animist, Deist, Muslim, Pantheist, God-loving Pagans like Socrates, or anything like that–all non-Atheists are invited to help.

American Atheists
American Atheists use this logo. I’ll bet NonAtheists can do much better.

The truth is, Atheism has been an ideological cultural movement for the last generation or so. They have professionals and nonprofessionals doing endless art for them.

So I say, it’s time for a NonAtheist Counterculture.

And I’m having a contest.

I have no resources to create art. Since I’m a broke handicapped nobody, I can’t pay. But I can offer prizes! As the sole and arbitrary judge of this contest,

I challenge my fellow NonAtheists who are visually artistic to create a NonAtheist logo. Submissions will be automatically my property and then immediately issued under Creative Commons Attribution–Sharalike 4.0 International, with attribution to deanesmay.com and to you the artist under whatever name you want.

Hey check out this totally rational meme I got from atheists.
Atheist hate-propaganda! Atheists have killed more people in the name of getting rid of “superstitious religion” and saying it is “an enemy of progress” and “holding humanity back” than all the religions in the world combined–yes, including Islam, sorry!

Or you the artist may specify that you’d prefer it be Public Domain. That’s OK too.

Since I have gotten multiple hack and harass attempts by atheists, and know others who have as well, I won’t accept submissions to my email. Instead, I’ll ask you to send them to me On Twitter, or in the Comments to this article.

Prizes for the first NonAtheist Logos Contest!

First prize: A free copy of my upcoming book on Science, Science Fiction and God, a Skype conversation or Google Hangout with me if you want, plus, I will write at least a 1000 word essay, with references, on any subject you ask, and publish it here.

Second prize: Also a free copy of my upcoming book on Science, Science Fiction, and God, and a Skype conversation or Google Hangout if you like.

Third prize: I don’t know yet, suggest something!

Once again, you don’t have to be any particular religion to participate. I’ll close entries on August 1, then will begin deciding the winners. I may or may not open voting to readers, depending on how reaction to the contest go.

Let’s get to it! Most people aren’t atheists, and it should be OK to say you’re not an atheist. Let’s start a meme. Let’s start a trend: are you a NonAtheist? Let’s see if we can get a logo to encourage people to show it!

If this works out well, I’ve got even more ideas, so stay tuned. 🙂

They sure seem to have strong opinions for people who "just lack belief."
They sure seem to have strong opinions for people who “just lack belief.”

Are most people heretics to Catholics? No.

keep-calm-and-purge-the-hereticI’ve had people tell me I should condemn them as heretics because they teach or believe things contrary to orthodox catholic Christian teaching.

No.

To be a heretic, you must:

1) Be a baptized practicing member of the Church.
2) Still in the Church and not having left it.
3) Claiming to speak for the Church.
4) Claiming an opinion you know is contrary to Church teaching as if it’s revealed irrefutable divine truth and not just your opinion or idea.
5) Refuse to back down when challenged and shown evidence that what you’re saying is not Church teaching but keep lying about it anyway.

As you can see, in reality it’s a lot of work to be a heretic.

By the way, this was also true during the notorious “Spanish Inquisition.” The Spanish King–i.e. the secular authority, not the Vatican–had wanted all heretics burnt at the stake. That was mostly a corrupt deal between secular and religious authorities within Spain–and anyone who knows the history knows that multiple Popes tried repeatedly to get the Spanish government and Spanish clerics to stop with the brutal extremism, only to be ignored or lashed out at.

Meaning: you can even stop blaming the evil Catholic Church for “The Inquisition.” Catholic authorities were desperately trying to shut down or tame those Inqusitorial extremes for centuries before they stopped. Furthermore, Church authorities eventually succeeded over the objections of the secular state.

So you can stop fearing Catholics are coming for you and your different ideas, OK?

Christianity has long had dissenters within the Church. For all its 2000 years. Dissent and contrary but nonhostile ideas are common and the Church has always recognized that people can and do have such opinions.

Shorter version: Just disagreeing with the Church doesn’t make you a heretic. So don’t worry about it.

*Update*: This Conclavist “Pope” and other phonies like him are the only examples of modern heretics I can think of. And we don’t persecute them, we ignore them or laugh at them and hope they come to their senses. Killing heretics is what happens mostly when you have the state and the Church too closely tied together.

Dear Gay Rights Advocates: You’re Welcome. Signed, Christians.

“Homophobia” is not an invention of Christians or any of the Abrahamic faiths. Gay rights activists and smug self-righteous atheists can stop with the smear campaign now.

As someone who has supported gay rights going back to the 1980s, back when there was some real social scorn associated with having gay friends, I have noticed in recent years that a lot of gays and other “gay rights” activists have become terrific bullies of religious people. They particularly like to scapegoat Christians, and portray the Gay Rights Struggle as a long struggle against repressive religious forces. A particular focus of their ire is often Catholics, followed closely by organized, mainline Protestantism (Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc.).

This is ironic considering what you see when you look at the attitudes of religious Americans:

Mainstream Christians in huge numbers always supported treating gays as human.
Mainstream Christians in overwhelming numbers always supported treating gays as human, which has only grown with time. Were they wrong?

You can view the full survey at the Pew Research Group. Yes, anti-gay attitudes existed in these religious groups in greater numbers before, and anti-gay sentiment still exists. However, Catholics and Mainline Protestants are only slightly distinguishable from the nonreligious, and Catholics and Mainline Protestants are still, overwhelmingly, a group few politicians can ignore. By comparison, self-righteous secular atheists look miniscule and ridiculous in the general voting populace.

This is mathematically inescapable: No support for gay rights among Christians=no gay rights. It wouldn’t have happened because it couldn’t have. Even the US Supreme Court, which has delivered many pro-Gay decisions, is overwhelmingly made up of religious people–even while certain secularist bigots complain that there are too many Jews and Catholics on the Supreme Court. (“Progressives” used to recognize religious bigotry. Apparently not so much for modern “secularist” atheists huh?)

Here’s another problem for the anti-Christians who portray the gay rights struggle as being purely about poor oppressed gays having to overcome Christian bigotry: first off, it turns out that “homophobia” is genetic and universal regardless of religion. And furthermore, countless atheist regimes have imprisoned, tortured, mutilated, and murdered gays–generally in ways far more extreme than you find in most of Christian history I might add.

Christians, as it happens. have a set of values you can usually hold them to. While Biblical “evangelicals” and “fundamentalists” generally can come to any conclusion they want to by Prooftexting, the teachings of most mainline, organized Christian denominations has always been the same: These people are human, they deserve dignity and respect as human beings, and they shouldn’t be denied their rights or treated like animals.

Indeed, given the full context of the Bible, even sections that seem to condemn gays as evil must be read in light of Romans 2, which makes it clear Christians would be utter hypocrites to want to stone or otherwise harm people for sexual sins. Paul was living in a time when most people, not just most Christians, found homosexuality deeply disturbing; Pagan Romans were no different in this regard. It turns out that from Roman times until now, many Pagans have been anti-gay.

Also, atheistic libertarians have nothing to brag about, given how many libertarians like Ayn Rand were and are anti-gay.

Oh, Hindus and Buddhists? No outright condemnation of homosexuality, just general distaste and negative cultural attitudes.

In the meantime, thoughtful Christians have long noted that hating gays just isn’t Christian.

Yes, there are even some liberal Christians who go too far, suggesting we have to just accept gay marriage as being exactly the same. Most Christians probably will never fully accept such an unorthodox view of marriage as spiritually sound of course, but there is a growing consensus that the State can issue whatever marriage licenses it wants. Christians and other religions can have their own rules and ignore the state license completely for spiritual matters, viewing the marriage license as to be avoided or just used for legal purposes only. Which means that gays can have the legal protections without the rest of us having to worry about it.

This “live and let live” attitude is the default attitude of almost all Christians I know, including those who were on the “anti” side of the gay marriage debate. But for some reason, it doesn’t seem good enough for some secular activists, who demand 100% agreement and 0% reservation on LGBTQ+ issues–which is where we get abusive secularist atheists ramming their morals down other people’s throats, such as in the “Bake the Cake” incident, where a small store run by Evangelical Christians was brutally told they had to bake a gay wedding cake whether they wanted to or not. They left the cake-making industry at a major loss to their finances but–in a defiant and righteous show of resistence–also refusing to pay state-mandated “damages” to the “victim” bullying gay couple.

This is what "Gay Rights" increasingly looks like to a lot of people. Are you good with that, Christian-haters, or will you double-down on the Christian bashing?
This is what “Gay Rights” increasingly looks like to a lot of people. Are you good with that, Christian-haters, or will you double-down on the Christian bashing?

The fact is that the gay rights movement is increasingly seen as a pack of moralizing, preaching, judgmental, controlling, demanding, and even potentially violent jerks who will smash anyone who expresses any reservation about things like gay marriage or massive gay pride parades.

Which is not a situation I created, it’s merely a situation I observe as reality.

We were told all gays wanted was to be treated as humans no worse than we are, deserving of all the rights we have. Now we’re increasingly told Christians are sub-human primitives if we have any reservations, at all, about anything LGBTQ+.

So I will say this again: without Christian support, there would be no gay rights in America. And if you look across the world, in regimes run by other religions, or specifically atheist regimes? You see a far worse record of mistreatment of gays than you do in most historically Christian nations. Yet Christians often wind up being the most hated instead, for civil disobedience or any other balking.

Did Christians make a mistake to back gay rights? When Christians are abused by atheist secularists and self-righteous LGBTQ+ activists, we have reason to wonder. How far does the bullying of dissenting Christians go, for sometimes saying “hmm we’re not sure?” or even “that’s gross?” Should we more tolerant Christians change our minds and decide we were betrayed, and that the most conservative among us were right to scorn us for being tolerant?

These are real questions, not rhetorical. If Christians are going to be scapegoated and spat upon for being Insufficiently Gay Friendly, fast enough, why shouldn’t Christians re-evaluate the relationship? If you hate us, you “enlightened pro-gay antireligious secularist progressives,” how enlightened and tolerant are you really?

Indeed, might not the constant Christian-bashing on gay issues not now be seen as blatant proof that our “homophobic” minority was right along and we were stupid not to listen to them?

PS: On behalf of Catholics everywhere, you’re welcome for the free AIDS hospices that we’ve been running since the 1980s.

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https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/ByIssue/Article/TabId/735/ArtMID/13636/ArticleID/10059/US-Catholics-on-ground-level-of-HIVAIDS-battle.aspx

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/06/punching-down

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/02/jesus-might-bake-the-cake-but-would-he-perform-the-nuptials

http://www.mercyseat.net/marriagelicense.html

https://www.rmnetwork.org/newrmn/tenbibilicalthemes/

http://www.theopedia.com/proof-texting

http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_the_persecution_of_homosexuals
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/bering-in-mind/natural-homophobes-evolutionary-psychology-and-antigay-attitudes/

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/sotomayor-too-many-catholics-jews-on-the-high-court/2016/04/09/

http://www.queerty.com/six-reasons-why-todays-libertarian-movement-is-not-at-all-pro-gay-20140825

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