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To make a long story short, Samantha and I ran into a new guy about my age(37) who was walking his dog.
I made sure it was okay for us to approach and he gave permission. His dog was very friendly and happy to meet us. The guy seemed nice at first also. After a bit of small talk he explained to me that he had just gotten out of church and was feeling “full of the Lord” as he put it. I said, “oh that’s nice” and tried changing subjects by asking if he was excited about the Giants game that afternoon. The guy completely ignored my question and asked me what church I went to.
At this point, I was starting to get annoyed. First, I really didn’t care that he was full of the Lord and now he was getting a little nosey by asking me, a complete stranger, what church I attended. Maybe I should have just said I am not religious and tried changing the subject again, but I was feeling a little belligerent at this point. I answered him by saying flat out that “I don’t believe in god.” “I am an atheist” I said.
He looked like he had seen a ghost. After a moment he recovered and started asking me a volley of questions without taking a breath. “Have you ever been to church?” “Did I know that Jesus loves me?” “Did I know that Jesus died for my sins?” And so forth and so on. At this point I was struggling a little to maintain my composure and remain polite. My answer was short and sweet. I said “Sir, didn’t you hear me? I am an atheist and I don’t believe in god. I don’t want to talk about my religious upbringing with you and I don’t want someone preaching to me. Have a nice day.” With that, I walked over to my dog and put her back on the leash so I could get away from him.
I how the creationists try to write a paragraph about how the ID movement isn’t about religion and then start talking about their god in the very next sentence.
Although our comments up to this point have been in defense of the Intelligent Design Movement, we recognize that the source of the Flying Spaghetti Monster satire is that the Intelligent Design Movement does not identify a designer due to its bottom-up, evidence-oriented look at biology. This appeal is supposed to insulate intelligent design from religious status, allowing it to be presented in public schools (though this strategy has been judicially stymied so far). Intelligent design leaves unclear not only who the designer is, but also why we are here at all. To understand not only creation, but also sin, death, and salvation, people need the special revelation of the Bibleâ€”not just the general revelation around us that implies a designer. We know who God is because He told us in His Word, revealing not only that He created us, but also revealing elements of His nature…
We are not worried that Flying Spaghetti Monsterism is going to lure away Christians; rather, the religionâ€™s obvious primary purpose is sardonic humor. Nevertheless, it reflects a growing attitude of mockery toward not just organized religion, but also toward any suggestion that there is somethingâ€”or Someoneâ€”â€œout there,â€ beyond ourselves and our fallen notions.
No human being has brain enough, or knowledge enough, or experience enough, to say whether there is, or is not, a God. Into this darkness Science has not yet carried its torch. No human being has gone beyond the horizon of the natural. As to the existence of the supernatural, one man knows precisely as much, and exactly as little as another. Upon this question, chimpanzees and cardinals, apes and popes, are upon exact equality. The smallest insect discernible only by the most powerful microscope, is as familiar with this subject, as the greatest genius that has been produced by the human race.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “God in the Constitution”