It gives me great pleasure to announce the winner of the Atheist Quote of the Month contest for July of 1999, with
twelve votes . . .

SARCEN!!

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"(a) I do not attend church regularly because (b) I already found "God." But "God" isn't what you think it is. "God" is a screaming child in Ethiopia whose kidneys have shut down and is about to die from starvation. "God" is a dumpster in Vatican City where urchans (just as in every city in the world) feed on refuse, while the wealthiest and most powerful social organization in the world decadently spends its money just a few blocks away on big hats, gold crosses and silver chalices and continuing to exploit the poorest people in the world in "God's" name. "God" is hate, "God" is stupidity, "God" is the scum on the bottom of your shoe. "God" is not pretty and "God" does not care. I found my "God," then I killed it. I, an atheist, know more about "God" than any Christian will ever know."

I'm not sure whether Sarcen is a regular here in A.A., but I hope that he becomes one, at any rate. I have the feeling he has a lot to contribute here. :o)

Second place goes to John Hattan, with an impressive eight votes (keep it up, John!), and third place is jointly awarded to Elf and NMS with five votes apiece. Congratulations to all the nominees, and thanks to all who participated!

Here is the voting record, along with a few comments of my own.

--1--
"One commonly used comparison is with Christian mythology, in which I would be some kind of beloved pet animal being put through an electrified maze looking for an infinitely large lump of invisible cheese. This does not strike me as significantly more meaningful than what I see."

Written by Niall McAuley

Nominated by Charles Ward, seconded by John Popelish

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--2--
"(a) I do not attend church regularly because (b) I already found "God." But "God" isn't what you think it is. "God" is a screaming child in Ethiopia whose kidneys have shut down and is about to die from starvation. "God" is a dumpster in Vatican City where urchans (just as in every city in the world) feed on refuse, while the wealthiest and most powerful social organization in the world decadently spends its money just a few blocks away on big hats, gold crosses and silver chalices and continuing to exploit the poorest people in the world in "God's" name. "God" is hate, "God" is stupidity, "God" is the scum on the bottom of your shoe. "God" is not pretty and "God" does not care. I found my "God," then I killed it. I, an atheist, know more about "God" than any Christian will ever know."

Written by Sarcen

Nominated by Werail, seconded by Freder

VOTES: 12
Tim Schultz
Petteri Sulonen
Frank Wustner
Elroy Willis
Aaron Spielman
Mike
Nilone
The Central Scrutinizer
Diem Marshall
Carl Funk
Paul J. Koeck
Charles R. Ward

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--3--
"In our experience, complex entities have had more than one creator. Therefore, insofar as the universe was designed, it was designed by more than one entity. So much for monotheism!"

Written by Dave Holloway

Nominated by Roy Thearle, seconded by Kalle Helenius

VOTES: 1
HR Grüemm

[My second nomination EVER . . . and I got one more vote than I did last time! Thanks, Hans-Richard. -QM]

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--4--
"The Bible is full of talking snakes, talking donkeys, talking bushes, flat Earths, people who walk on water, and the sad premise that once, two thousand years ago, a selection process was set down about who gets to live in paradise and who in torment that has nothing to do with the essential goodness of a person. The Bible is internally incoherent, naturalistically absurd, and morally repugnant."

Written by Elf Sternberg

Nominated by Dave Fried, seconded by Joe Z.

VOTES: 5
DJ Nozem
Michelle Martin
Michelle Malkin
Sen
Keith Brannen

[He got the Michelle vote, anyway. :o) -QM]

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--5--
"What don't atheists believe in? We don't believe in God. We don't believe that there exists, at all, a conscious entity outside the everday, regular process of the universe which is interested in us or the universe we inhabit, and is capable of influencing this universe according to its desires. We see no evidence whatsoever to support the many and contentious notions about what God is, does, or wants with us. We conclude that all of these images of God can't be right-- each claiming to be the one only true nature of God-- but we conclude simply that they can all be wrong."

Written by Elf Sternberg

Nominated by raven1, seconded by stoney

VOTES: 1
Drake

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--6--
"Look, YJK. Is there some mental block going on in your "brain"? Do you get some pleasure from being a mindless asshole and making sure the evidence is available to the whole world? Because this is all you're doing with stupid, insipid posts like this. You'd get more immediate feedback if you dropped your pants, pasted a striped bass to your left ear and walked down your home street singing "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." Then, you'd be just as happy, and we wouldn't have to be bothered by you."

Written by Nemo

Nominated by Landis D. Ragon, seconded by Elroy Willis

VOTES: 1
Landis D. Ragon

[I should hire Nemo to do my rants for me. -QM]

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--7--
"There's something to be said about realizing that you're not part of a celestial ant-farm created for the pleasure of a supreme being who's testing to see if you're worthy to become part of his cosmic cheerleading squad for eternity."

Written by John Hattan

Nominated by Martin Schlottman, seconded by Elf Sternberg

VOTES: 8
John Hattan
Elf Sternberg
Peter Kelly
Mark Bilbo
CTTheGreat
Tukla Ratte
Nemo
Tom Stoudt

[If you think that John was misrepresenting the situation, read Revelation 4:8-11. Gimme a G!! -QM]

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--8--
"There is a 12 billion year gap between the big bang and the bible and I see no connection whatsoever between the two."

Written by Michael Alexander

Nominated by Angelico, seconded by Martin Schlottman

VOTES: 3
Czar
Carl Funk
Brad

[Interesting when you think about it, that gods have only existed for roughly one four-millionth of the lifespan of the universe, or thereabouts. -QM]

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--9--
"If your friend is capable of embracing a belief on the basis of a feeling, then there is no rational argument you can offer against that. But there is a fair amount of distance between having a feeling and acting on it, or adopting it as true. I often have the feeling the wee folk are hiding and rearranging my things, but that is still a long way from a belief."

Written by Nicholas Wren

Nominated by Dave Holloway, seconded by Nemo

VOTES: 1
Niall McAuley

[It would be nice if desirability led to truth, wouldn't it? (sigh) -QM]

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--10--
(in response to:)
> Have you ever been a theist? Was it really hard to decide to be an atheist?
"No, actually it was pretty much a logical progression in growing up. I guess you could call me theist/agnostic until I was about 16... I just tell people that the foundation of religion lies in control and that it's basis can never be proven, and so I see no need or reason to believe in it."

Written by Rune Boersjoe

Nominated by Mickey Malkin, seconded by Stephen Knight

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--11--
"The first defining characteristic of xianity is the idea that you know what god is *really* like, and everyone else is confused. The gay xians simply believe that god doesn't care about your sexual preferences, and by believing such they fulfill the second requirement of xianity - ignoring the parts of the bible you don't like. Furthermore, their existence allows other xians to meet the third rule: condemn to hell all who believe, think, look, behave, pray, drive, and kiss differently than you do."

Written by Nilone

Nominated by John Popelish, seconded by Tom Murray

VOTES: 4
Chani
John Popelish
Liz
Angelico

[ESPECIALLY kiss! -QM]

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--12--
(In response to:)
> > The decadence was symptomatic of a deeper problem.
> > I think it is the same in the US now. Perhaps in the West generally.
> > Decadence here is sympomatic of a deeper problem.
"Symptomatic of what? Let's see. Longest peace time economic expansion ever. Worldwide standards of living rising generally like never before. Communism collapsed. More people than ever live in democratic nations. Racial tensions in the US are still problematic but minorities (particularly blacks) are now climbing the economic ladder in increasing numbers and speed. NATO just had a skirmish in a part of the world known for two world wars, pissed the Russians off, but we're not glowing in the dark. The German capitol just moved back to Berlin. The Eastern European nations are clamoring to get into NATO. The Dow is over 10,000 and staying. Inflation hasn't been seen hide nor hair of for *how many years now? The budget is heading not just for balanced but for surplus. The AIDS "epidemic" has still never killed as many people as have died in auto accidents in the same period. I'm still trying to find the problems the "decadence" is symptomatic of. Is it the declining violent crime rate maybe? The improving food supplies in heavily populated nations? Maybe it's the near eradication of epidemic disease? Increasing life span? What?"

Written by Mark K. Bilbo

Nominated by Fish Trout, seconded by Aaron Spielman

VOTES: 4
Yang Hu
Sylvan Korvus
Scott Davidson
Tom Murray

[Maybe he was referring to the fact that there are still atheists on the earth? -QM]

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--13--
"Perhaps christians are enslaved by sin, but the rest of us tend to get enslaved by christians."

Written by Dave Fried

Nominated by Therion Ware, seconded by Michelle Malkin

VOTES: 3
Adam Gurno
Karl Taylor
Vermic

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--14--
"If the sum of credible evidence we have is that the universe lacks anything like a god, then we shouldn't be shy about concluding that there isn't one."

Written by NMS

Nomianted by Fish, seconded by George Ricker

VOTES: 5
Decimal
Fish
Ed Stoebenau
George Ricker
Dave Holloway

[Theists are inconsistent in that they will not apply that principle to God, but they will apply it to 9-mile-tall fire-breathing clowns named George. -QM]

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