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Blogiversary Special (Part 1)

July 28, 2003 | 17 Comments

When I announced my one year Blogiversary last week, prolific commenter Kafkaesqui observed:

The idea there is this universal calendrical cycle which returns us every 365 days (or so) to a metaphysical “same day” is ancient nonsense born out of superstition and other religious nonsense . . . [t]o count out these imaginary events, empowering them with a false ceremonial necessity is walking the far edge of irrationality, and I thought you were better than that, RA. (And just where the hell were you when my blogs hit 1 earlier this year, eh?!)

It is precisely this sort of uncompromisingly honest, anti-sentimental, anti-superstitious, spiteful, rude and jealous attitude that has made The Raving Atheist one of the top 50 most heavily-trafficked blogs in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem after just one year and one week of existence. Actually, two-thirds of the growth occurred in the last week, due to my use of the popular Kobe + Bryant + Rape + Victim search terms. See? More uncompromising honesty.

In any event, I owe at least one-third of my success to you regular readers who aren’t just trying to find the name of rape accuser Joanna Kerns (No, that’s not the name of Kobe’s accuser, it’s the name of some actress who played a rape victim on a Lifetime movie). So, as promised, here’s the first installment of my teary-eyed retrospective of the past 342 days of atheistic blogging, starting with hastily compiled “Top 20″ (or 10 or 5) lists of my favorite posts in each category (excluding God Squad Reviews, which are pretty much all the same) and ending with a list of all Godidiots ranked by I.Q.

Later this week I’ll present the “best”, “worst” and “most” moments, followed by tributes to fellow bloggers and readers.

TOP TWENTY FAVORITE DAILY RAVES

1. The Beste Theory of Atheism?(related posts here, here and here)
(Debating “proof atheism” versus “belief atheism” with Steven Den Beste)

2. The Mirror/Seriously
(Vicious follow-up attacks on Catholic-turned-atheist-turned-Catholic Godidiot Theist Gal)

3. God and the Objectivists (here, here, here, here and here)
(A discussion of whether Ayn Rand’s followers could permissibly believe in God. Arthur Silber was supposed to debate me on this, but he got too busy)

4. Nigerian Scam E-Mail Correspondence (see e-mails 1-8, here, 9-11, here, 12-21, here, 22-30, here, 31-36, here, 37-54 here, 55-58, here and 59, here)
(I discuss theology, for six weeks, with a Nigerian con artist who is trying to scam me out of $3,000,000)

5. The Right Prayers
(Taking issue with Professor Eugene’s Volokh’s rationale for opposing governmentally sponsored prayer)

6. Miracle or Messiah?
(Regarding who really brainwashed Elizabeth Smart)

7. God The Abortionist(also here and here) (On how religion trivializes the abortion debate)

8. The Eleventh Helmet
(Tribute to the man whose actions, rather than prayers, helped save the Pennsylvania miners)

9. Tears in Heaven)
(More on abortion)

10. Crossing Over
(Do “real” atheists ever convert?)

11. Pettiness
(A critique of religiously-themed cartoons about Columbia shuttle disaster)

12. It’s the Children (Really)
(Regarding religious exemptions which permit child murder)

13. Irrelevant? (follow up here)
(Why a political candidate’s religious beliefs should not be exempt from scrutiny)

14. The Legal Presumption of Atheism
(Questions that those who pretend the state must be “neutral” as between atheism and theism can never answer)

15. God of the Jocks(follow ups here and here)
(Prayer on the playing field and in the press box)

16. Authority
(Examining the undue deference accorded to religious scholars)

17. In God’s Image
(The perils of religious “lookism”)

18. Godless Morality
(Thoughts on the biochemical basis for religious belief)

19. Comic Book Catholicism
(Critiquing the Catholic League’s Demand for a Catholic Superhero)

20. Eruv Error (follow ups here and here)
(Why Orthodox Jews shouldn’t be allowed to tie neighborhoods up in knots)

TOP TEN FAVORITE ATHEIST “NEWS” STORIES
(Headlines Self-Explanatory)

1. Unattached Virgin Bachelor Condemns Loving Human Relationships

2. Interfaith Rape Marred by Bias, Police Say

3. Skakel Withdraws Jesus Analogy in Leniency Bid

4. Holiday Miracle in Laci Peterson Case

5. 6,000 Years of Jewish Oppression Ended with Suspension of Alternate-Side of Street Parking Rules

6. Communicable Diseases to Celebrate Orthodox Easter

7. Wiccan Teen Defends Right to Be Beaten Up for Aggressively Silly and Obviously Made-Up Religion

8. God Eyed in 9/11 Lottery Fix

9. Texas Muslims Protest X-Rated Film Defaming Prophet Muhammad’s XXX-Rated Sex Life

10. Vatican Certifies Mother Teresa’s Coin Slide, Ball & Vase Miracles

TOP FIVE FAVORITE “GODIDIOT” POSTS

1. Eugene Volokh
(Professor of Law, UCLA: For his post about me, Atheism and Tolerance).

2. Godidiot of the Week: The Raving Agnostic, and You
(Highly unpleasant and insulting rhetoric, directed at my enemies generally)

3. Pete “Pathfinder” Davis
(Archpriest of the Wiccan Aquarian Tabernacle Church and Founder, SpiralScouts; provoked by his veiled threat to sue me).

4. Benjamim Kepple (follow up here)
(Methodist-turned-Catholic New Hampshire journalist and blogger. And I’m not done with him yet).

5. Nicholas D. Kristof
(For this half-witted defense of evangelicals which declared that “mockery of religious faith is inexcusable”).

GODIDIOTS RANKED BY I.Q.
(Relevant Factors: Apparent intelligence, quality of theological argument, hits per day, irony, tact, spite)

1. Eugene Volokh (260)
2. Jack M. Balkin (223)
3. Benjamin Kepple (209)
4. Chris Burgwald (191)
5. Secularist Critique and Minute Particulars (188)(average)
6. Theist Gal (170)
7. Zombyboy (164)
8. John Gray (160)
9. Amy Welborn (155)
10. Jay Ambrose (152)
11. Andrew Sullivan (150)
12. William F. Buckley and Leon Wieseltier (118) (average)
13. Nicholas D. Kristof (110)
14. Maggie Gallagher (100)
15. William J. Bennett (98)
16. Peter “Pathfinder” Davis (62)
17. Clubbeaux (38)
18. Dean Esmay (14)

Comments

17 Responses to “Blogiversary Special (Part 1)”

  1. Atheist
    July 28th, 2003 @ 6:54 pm

    What does Kafkaesqui think of the clock? Is it a superstitious tool of religion, perpetuating this silly nonsense about circular time?

  2. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  3. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  4. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  5. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  6. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  7. Kafkaesqu
    July 28th, 2003 @ 7:45 pm

    The clock is pure evil, so of course I have no problem with it.

    And RA, always happy to do what little I can to push the Web this way. As long as it doesn’t look like that’s what I’m doing. Meanwhile, Kobe still won’t return my phone calls. He said he’d mention me when he (finally!) ends up on Larry King. You owe me one, Kobe.

  8. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  9. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  10. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  11. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  12. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  13. Brian Flemming's Weblog
    July 28th, 2003 @ 11:27 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist. You’re in my prayers

    The Pope’s impending comments about gay marriage warrant a visit to this brilliant post by the Raving Atheist in January. Happy blogiversary, Raving Atheist, a blogger who at times out-Onions the Onion, and one of my daily must-reads….

  14. M. Daguerre
    July 29th, 2003 @ 11:59 am

    No friggin way does Clubbeaux rank above Dean. Don’t let your burning hatred cloud your judgement. Clubbeaux STILL thinks you “plagiarized” him…..

  15. Rumblefish
    July 29th, 2003 @ 12:54 pm

    How in the hell did a theist gal get so high on the IQ list? Her arguments were some of the shitiest i’ve heard from a godidiot. She should be right above or right below dean.

  16. Eric Lindstrom
    July 29th, 2003 @ 1:21 pm

    What the hell do hits per day have to do with IQ?

  17. Shup Up
    July 29th, 2003 @ 3:09 pm

    I don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth, but I think that hits per day would fit into the IQ algorithm based on the same principles as the “Christian God is more believable than the Turtle God because more people believe in the Christian God”..IE: more people are reading about theist gal, therefore, her ideas must be more plausible, hence her elevated IQ.

    I would suggest RA also attempt to factor in “Shits per day” to the IQ rating. Logically, the less waste you have in your body, the more pure the non-waste is, and the smarter you are.

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