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March 18, 2006 | 28 Comments

Atheism: the religion devoted to the worship of one’s own smug sense of superiority.

Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show

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28 Responses to “Colbert”

  1. Graham
    March 18th, 2006 @ 10:00 pm

    HAHA! That’s pretty funny. Given how much Colbert and the Daily Show guys rag on religion (“This Week In God”), I’m sure this is just good-natured ribbing on their part.

  2. Mookie
    March 19th, 2006 @ 2:46 am

    Guilty!

  3. Paul
    March 19th, 2006 @ 8:36 am

    Hell, if you’re gonna worship something, it might as well be something you know is real…

  4. qedpro
    March 19th, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    Well at least he acknowledges that we’re superior. :-)

  5. vjack
    March 19th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    Everytime I watch the Colbert Report, I can’t help wondering how many conservative Christians watch the show without realizing that it is a spoof.

  6. qedpro
    March 19th, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    Everytime I watch the Colbert Report, I can’t help wondering how many conservative Christians watch the show without realizing that it is a spoof.

    At the risk of sounding smug, wouldn’t that require intelligence. :-)

  7. Chris Treborn
    March 23rd, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    it may be a joke but it has the ring of truth

  8. Michael Bains
    March 25th, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    To CT’s comment: that’s just if you’re used to reading stuff by atheists who are angry about being treated like pariahs simply because they don’t believe in ~BS~ and boogeymen and other utterly subjective statements of Authority.

    Anyone who needs to repeatedly point out the obvious (all proposed gods are silly superstitious suppositions) is likely to sound smugly superior.

  9. Chris Treborn
    March 26th, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    bains, if you have nothing of worth to say perhaps you should just shut up instead of making a fool of yourself. If you re-read your inane comment you might realise that you just insulted yourself and other atheists. What a twit!

  10. Rob
    March 27th, 2006 @ 1:33 am

    Chris T, if you have nothing of worth to say perhaps you should just shut up instead of making a fool of yourself. If you re-read your inane comment you might realise that you just insulted yourself and other Xtians. What a twit!

  11. Mia
    March 27th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    out of curiosity, why are atheists so sure there is no god, at all?

  12. mia
    March 27th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    I notice that atheists tend to basically say, “there is no god, get over it” (which does sort of sound smug). I’m just wondering; why are you so sure?

  13. Choobus
    March 27th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    mia, is there a giant invisible unicorn on thew other sideof the sun? No? How can you be so sure? Fucking arsehole.

  14. jahrta
    March 27th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    Mia…I hope you’re hot sweety, and have a body to die for, because from what I’ve read in your various posts I can tell that you sure as shit won’t make it on brains alone.

  15. allonym
    March 29th, 2006 @ 3:21 am

    Boy, if anyone sounds smugly superior it’s that phentermine fellow. He’s all “phentermine this”, and “phentermine that”. I mean, come on – we all got it the fist time!

    :0)

  16. Michael Bains
    March 29th, 2006 @ 5:21 am

    CT: perhaps you worship phentermine.

    Okay. Now repeat your comment ’bout my comment and this time it will make sense.

    Mia: For my atheist self, I did NOT say “no god, at all.” I said all proposed gods are silly superstitious suppositions. Can you show me where I’m wrong there?

    You’ll be elected Pope, President and Supreme Potentate of the Planet if so.

    Good luck with that m’Lady.

  17. Mia
    March 29th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    Despite all that, you still didn’t answer my question.

  18. Tom
    March 29th, 2006 @ 9:39 pm

    To Mia: There is but one source to find out about the Christian god: the Christian Bible. Now the Bible makes all sorts of claims. Some claims can be verified, others cannot. The verifiable claims can be subjected to empirical testing, observation, and logic. If the Bible’s verifiable claims don’t pan out, if they are simply wrong, or if a claim it makes on one page logically contradicts a claim it makes on another, then why should we trust its claims about non-verifiable phenomena, like sin, the resurrection of Christ, heaven, hellfire, or even the existence of God?

  19. allonym
    March 30th, 2006 @ 4:28 am

    Darn…now that the spam messages have been removed, my earlier comment looks dumb.

  20. Roger
    April 5th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    Hey, you guys are famous around these parts. Digibitch wrote a whole column about you in a local street rag. I dropped by to check it out for myself. Cool site. Too bad it’s so into exam time that most people won’t have time to check you out.

  21. Alec Binyon
    April 6th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Stephen Colbert is a devout Catholic, reference an interview on NPR.org. He’s only half joking, he uses his blow hard character to say things he would never say himself, that are extremely funny. The atheism joke is funny because it’s true. That’s the rooot of good comedy, the truth. Atheists definitely think they’re smarter than a lot of people who had a sense of God. To be an atheist, is indirectly saying that Albert Einstein was delusional, and that you know better. You also have greater insight than Ghandi, Martin Luther King, geez the list is long. How did you come to this great insight? Did you read a book or see some hypocrisy in the church? Wow that’s pretty deep. Did you realize that there probably isn’t a super-man in space making cosmic decisions? Wow good job, you’ve caught up with thirteenth century Christianity. Atheist philosophers usually die insane or miserable, because the proof is in the pudding. With no ground for being, there just isn’t ground for being. And just because there is a God, doesn’t mean science isn’t right too. They’re two completely different modes of experience and go together nicely if one isn’t inclined to fundamentalism. Atheists, I’ve found, are usually about as close minded as Bible-belt fundamentalist preachers. Atheism is its own fundamentalism in a way, I’ve always loved the irony.

  22. Alec Binyon
    April 6th, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Stephen Colbert is a devout Catholic, reference an interview on NPR.org. He’s only half joking, he uses his blow hard character to say things he would never say himself, that are extremely funny. The atheism joke is funny because it’s true. That’s the rooot of good comedy, the truth. Atheists definitely think they’re smarter than a lot of people who had a sense of God. To be an atheist, is indirectly saying that Albert Einstein was delusional, and that you know better. You also have greater insight than Ghandi, Martin Luther King, geez the list is long. How did you come to this great insight? Did you read a book or see some hypocrisy in the church? Wow that’s pretty deep. Did you realize that there probably isn’t a super-man in space making cosmic decisions? Wow good job, you’ve caught up with thirteenth century Christianity. Atheist philosophers usually die insane or miserable, because the proof is in the pudding. With no ground for being, there just isn’t ground for being. And just because there is a God, doesn’t mean science isn’t right too. They’re two completely different modes of experience and go together nicely if one isn’t inclined to fundamentalism. Atheists, I’ve found, are usually about as close minded as Bible-belt fundamentalist preachers. Atheism is its own fundamentalism in a way, I’ve always loved the irony.

  23. Ryan Tierney
    April 6th, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    Bingo.
    I just really really wanted to agree with Alec. But to justify my comment I’ll add another thing.
    All the athiest comments above seem to have a common thread: the obsession with third person, objective “Truth.” Now, I’ve never proved the existence of God, but I’ve also never seen a proof of this sort of Truth many of you claim to be representing.
    So you believe in Truth and we believe in God (or some other thing similar).
    Now, as someone who respects the beliefs of others, I’ll refrain from insulting your belief in Truth. Still, I suggest you separate your Truth from scientific findings, else your church too will someday face a troublesome Galileo. Science doesn’t deal in Truth, rather, it deals in statistics and probability. These beautiful mathematical devices (of which I am an avid student), like hammers, are tools for working with the world we exist in. I’ve never hit anything with a hammer and seen Truth, but I’ll not question your experience.
    Because that is the whole point of what us crazy believers talk about: personal, subjective, (as yet) irreducible experience. I believe because it feels good and, on a very personal subjective level, makes sense. I find it rational even, or at least my brain does.
    Most people who claim in public to be believers are actually politicians (I think this confuses many of you, and I can see how it would). They take this beautiful subjective thing and mix it up with social norms, power relationships and all kinds of messy stuff. We generally talk about how the “founding fathers” wanted to keep religion out of the state–I prefer to think they they knew better than to allow the state to tarnish the inherent beauty of belief.
    Which brings me to one last thing. We’ve all got approximately the same equipment to work with: brains. Materialists especially must acknowledge the limitations of these organs. For all intents and purposes, we can live most of our lives without reference to the parts of existence that are imperceptible to our foolish gray matter, the same way Europeans did fine for a long time without reference to North America (yes, Columbus was an asshole, but don’t get distracted by my poor choice of analogy). But just because Occam’s razor cuts it off, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  24. Swindmill
    April 6th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    @Alec

    Alber Einstein was not a believer in god as you are. He made references to diety’s in a way that has been misunderstood.

    Regardless, his beliefs, or anyone elses, have no bearing on the truth of theism. It is unfalsifiable, untestable assertion. Also, what relevance does your baseless assertion about Ateist philosophers dying miserable have to do with truth? Assuming it was true, which it’s not, this too would have no bearing on the truth. I would also challenge your ridiculous assertion that atheists are as close-minded as Christian Fundametalists. For one most atheists are agnostic; that is to say atheists don’t generally claim that they “know” a god does not exist any more than they wold claim to “know” gnomes don’t exist. Such claims can’t be scientifically challenged. Christians, on the other hand, claim to know for a fact that God exists as the bible lays out. Further, atheists aren’t the ones wanting to deny equal treatment to classes of people who don’t share similar values and/or lifestyles. I think the latter part of this should also address Mia’s question.

    Now, explain to me what the irony was again Alec

  25. Swindmill
    April 6th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Sorry, I really should have proof-read my comment

  26. Choobus
    April 6th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    ASlec Pinhead. I am an atheist, obvioiusly, and I am as dumb as a bag of rocks. That’s why when some of the other atheists here, what is much more cleverer than I is, decide to engage you they will simply destrroy your pathetic arguments using logic and reason and (shock horror) facts. I on the other hand will simply invite you to lick the sweat from my hairy ballsack like the cockmunching bitch you are.

    Do you do anal?

  27. Los Pepes
    April 6th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    I’ll say what has been said 10,000 times on this site, but is always somehow ignored.

    Mia –

    I, nor anyone else, cannot prove that something that does not exist… does not exist. It’s that simple. Placing the burden of proof on atheists in this matter is just wrong – we’re not the ones claiming that an invisible being created the universe. You cannot prove that the ghost of Abe Lincoln isn’t behind you right now, checking out your ass; it would be silly for me to ask you to prove it.

    The burden of proof (and not “faith”, the convenient crutch of the 2000-year hoax) falls squarely on your shoulders, and the shoulders of all of the other cult-practitioners. Me, I don’t buy any of it, and I know a crock of shit when I see one.

  28. John Ivey
    April 7th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    Ryan Tierney,

    I agree with you. Science does not deal in truth but rather the pursuit of truth, an idea that theists don’t seem to share. Your way is the right way whereas in science our way is probably the right way. Can you admit the possibility that your beliefs might just have a very slim chance of being wrong? Scientists, at least the good ones, do. That is why our beliefs are called theories and not truths.

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