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1-M-3-A-3-U-7-S Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  New Deviant
Hahaha I love that bit by George Carlin. And the reaction everyone gives to the punchline, “but he loves you" :XD:
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myfev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
He just a old shit head fun fact im one of You
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StarDragon77 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Heh, good stuff.  Though you forgot to add the part about how the invisible man in the sky needs money.  All knowing and all powerful but for some reason can't handle money.  You'd think if turning water into wine is so easy, then surely lead into gold wouldn't be that much of a stretch.
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've missed him and all that good shit I have learned. :heart: :hug:
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
He was fantastic. No denying it.
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed!:-)
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280077s Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
RIP George. You awesome man you.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Absolutely.
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280077s Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
 :D
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jbeverlygreene Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like carlin except when he gets into his bigoted representation of God. seems like he's trying to compete in the bullshit department with religion. these stereotypes about what the Bible is about are so completely contrary to what it says, it's not funny.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I get the feeling you are mistaking what he's saying as a description of god, when actually he talks about what OTHER people think of god. For example, in this little speech he never at any point mentions the bible, or implies that it represents the bible at all. He is in fact talking about the people following the religion, and how they attempt to use it to pervert your way of thinking.
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jbeverlygreene Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't quote him, but I've heard him going on rants about how unfair God is & stuff & to me, what's he's talking about is religion or churchianity, not the real God. I respect him on his opinion, in a way, cause I feel the same way about church & their ilk, but for me, I've found that the real God is not like that.
of course, I wasn't raised in some catholic penitentiary school system.
and again, I have the utmost respect for his political beliefs & his great humor.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Fair enough.
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KGB-101 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God I love Atheism. 
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
:)
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ChalkArtist1216 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He loves you and He needs... MONEY!
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
:)
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Playcircus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, people lie to themselves by believing that being less than perfect leads to torment. So, do religious people lie to themselves because it's easier, or lie to themselves because it makes them stronger, more capable people? Atheists can't seem to decide.

I could never be an atheist because it is simply too convenient: "If I don't believe in a wrathful, all-knowing entity, I don't ever have to feel shame, guilt, or inferiority." Sounds pretty ideal to me. No matter how you look at it, atheists and theists are wrong. You are deciding on beliefs concerning things you do not have the capacity to understand. That's metaphysics. But, theists are stronger, tougher, and better looking than atheists. I'd rather be wrong and not be an uppity asshole than be wrong and look like Bill Mahr.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
That has to be the most self serving and most self congratulatory statement I have ever read.

People that think they should be perfect and do not match up to those expectations DO suffer serious psychological problems. In fact its a known abusive profile to convince someone that they are "not good enough" and make them feel they deserve the "punishment" they are getting. At what point has an atheist ever said that religious people lie to themselves because it makes them more capable, stronger people? I can't honestly think of a single statement that would make you think that.

Further, by not believing in a wrathful deity of whichever choosing you wish, I have to take full responsibility for my own actions. Any actions I take that hurt others are entirely my own fault, I cannot claim to dislike gays because "God" said it was immoral, I cannot say that a woman should know her place because "Allah" foreordained it.

More, trying to say that I am talking about things I do not have the capacity to understand is simply another "god of the gaps" argument. Why am I unable to understand the concepts involved? By what reasoning have you come to that conclusion? Do you know anything about me? Besides which, I do not need to understand every single concept involved in there being a deity to know that every single religion I have studied contradicts itself on so many levels that they refute THEMSELVES. I have no need to do so.

Tell me, what religion do you believe is correct? And why is your religion correct, and not the Jainist religion (for example)?

"Theists are stronger tougher, and better looking than atheists". What complete and utter crap. I argue, and always have, that there is no fundamental difference between atheists and theists. And my point of view is born out wherever it can be tested.

Both theists and atheists can be found in every profession, at every level of intelligence, and every social position you can think of. Although it is an interesting correlation to note that the more someone is trained in any form critical thinking, the more likely that person is to be an atheist.

Indeed 93% of the National Academy of Scientists are atheist. Sources can be found in the following link. www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/n…
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Playcircus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has to be one or the other: either theists adopt religion to comfort themselves from the harsh realities of mortality, or they fabricated an all-powerful being that condemns them to an eternity of suffering for being flawed and weak. That's two contradictory criticisms of religion that I've seen used at the convenience of atheists. I've heard the former much more often, and that makes Carlin's rant seem like an aimless insult. 

Strength and capability being the product of harsh religious beliefs was my own input. I see no denying that the foundation of theism is transcendence through sacrifice and suffering. Without cost, there is no benefit. The greater the cost, the greater the benefit. The cost of a life dedicated to religion is greater than that of an atheist, and, therefore, so is the benefit. Comparing shame and suffering to psychological abuse is an attempt to excuse one's self from feeling guilt and shame, which is convenient, and results in mediocrity.

Metaphysics is the study of the supernatural, which religion falls under. The whole point of metaphysical concepts is that they are not understood. Once they are explainable, they no longer qualify as metaphysical topics. That's what I meant when I said you do not have the capacity to understand, and whatever you have decided about religion is inherently false - like everyone else - but, relying on your limited comprehension is a mistake that theists do not make.

I only view religion in the most pure sense: it is a branch of philosophy concerning a proposed supernatural cause of existence. If there is an unexplained cause for existence, that is religion. Any customs, systems, or ceremonies relating to religion are just a by-product of the philosophy of religion.

I would argue that there is a persistent atheist archetype for a very logical reason: atheists are generally intellectuals, and are often observed as being arrogant. Arrogant intellectuals consistently have many things in common: they are outcasted as children, they are viewed as socially inferior, and they hold an intellectual advantage that is not acknowledged as a desirable quality by their peers. The popular jocks are considered superior human beings, and they are often religious, as most successful athletes are today. You can see how this can create an internal conflict that is associated with religion: "Why did God bless them, and curse me?" "Why would I want to believe in a god that favors those who are not like me?" "Their god is not logical, and I want them to know that so badly so I can be recognized for the intellectual superiority that they refuse to credit me for."

Much like middle child syndrome, this is a product of circumstance, not a stereotype. A lot of atheists just come to their conclusions naturally, and that's fine, but George Carlin, Bill Mahr, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins are definitely men who have had awkward childhoods.

Lastly, I would like to point out that religion is philosophy, not science. Scientists are intelligent, but intelligence is separate from wisdom. Insight, awareness, and sensibility are traits that are not often possessed by scientists, or else they wouldn't be so socially inept.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Why does it have to be one or the other? Do you know anything about psychology?

Without cost there is no benefit? What makes this an unalterable truth?

How does comparing certain rather direct forms of shame and suffering to mental abuse in any way become an excuse to deny that I should feel those emotions under other conditions?

Saying "I only view religion in the most pure sense" is complete bullshit.

And actually I would call religion an experiment in social science. Involving psychology, sociology, anthropology, communication, cultural studies, history, law, linguistics, and very definitely includes many aspects of rhetoric. All of which are very definite scientific studies. And I would also suggest that rather than showing such a narrow view of scientists you actually spend a bit of time finding out what they are actually like. "Insight, awareness, and sensibility are traits that are not often possessed by scientists, or else they wouldn't be so socially inept." Again, what complete and utter bullshit.

In fact you talk so much complete shit that I cannot be bothered dealing with you.

So now that you're done congratulating yourself for being so superior I bid you good day.
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TDRaichu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just a question: Am I the only religious person out there who can actually laugh and understand where George Carlin is getting at? Seriously, though, he's fucking funny :XD:
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Playcircus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never heard him tell a joke - whether it was religious or otherwise. He just stands on a stage and expresses his opinions, but that's not comedy, it's preaching. Daniel Tosh is a comedian, it's not about his opinions or beliefs, he's just trying to make people laugh.

I think Henry Rollins, Bill Hicks, and Dennis Leary are like that too. They never got a laugh out of me because they were just preaching or ranting. Compare them to Carrot Top or Louis C.K. for the difference between a comedian and a public speaker.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
No, I've known a lot of religious people that like his stuff. To be fair his humour isn't for everyone, I haven't met many people that don't like his stuff just because of the religious content.
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TDRaichu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, that's good to hear.

And just one thing: you're one of the few Atheists I know who understands that I can poke fun at some of the nonsense in my religion.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Atheists can have just as many problems as anybody else. 
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Waracki99 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
che, I love his humor and jokes!
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
An absolute legend.
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really wish i had discovered how awesome he was before he died. It's not like i was some uninterested kid born in the 90s or 00's. I was born 1980. It was a damn shame i hadn't acquainted myself with his work til Zeitgeist came along.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
It is one of the very few things that zeitgeist got right.
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long Live George Carlin. May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Gotta love George, he was a legend, no doubt about it.
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
George Carlin = Greatest man who ever lived.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
That comment = 100% Truth.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Do you listen to Amazing Atheist. Sometimes he's an ass hat, but he makes valid arguments for the most part. [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
I can't remember exactly what it was, but I do remember losing all respect for him after he outlined his views on something. If I remember right he's one of the most sexist people you can imagine.
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually no. He attacks radical feminism, true. But his positions are always in defense of equality and consensual relations.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Absolutely not. It was a full on, unwarranted, sexist, and disturbingly abusive comment that he made to a rape victim. You can read it here [link]
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LimeGreenSquid Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, but we all suffer heat of the moment blurtings.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Heat of the moment blurtings?

Have you read it?

Anybody that can come out with that is a misogynistic prick and needs a slap. I would not forgive even my closest friends if they came up with crap like that, and if they did it in my presence I would knock them out. I cannot believe that you think saying anything like that is EVER OK.

It is some of the worst stuff I have EVER read, especially as it is directed at a rape victim.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
I don't agree with him that the death penalty is a fascistic paradigm, because in society, in any macrocosm certain behaviors must be discouraged. Even to the point where mortal penalties must needs be enforced.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
I'm a bit murky on it myself. There are other ways to deal with it, but personally I'm not entirely certain it is worth it.
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esnym Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Digital Artist
This reminded me of Horton Hears a Who. XD
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
LoL close enough :P
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esnym Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
:D "The voice talking to me is Horton. And he's a giant elephant in the sky. Don't bother looking, he's invisible."

XD
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Ah...Now I get the reference :P
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jmkaye1981 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
A great man.
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
All I can say is :devilish:.
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"...AND HE NEEDS MONEY!!!!"
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