Graduation Prayer Comic Strip

After reading about Damon Fowler this week , the atheist high school student who protested against his school’s graduation prayer,  I was inspired to do a comic page on it. This is more satire than criticism because if you think about it, life changes dramatically after you leave the small world existence of high school and go to college.  And what does a graduation prayer signify? Thanking god for all your hard work? God didn’t do it, you’re the one who studied and passed your tests. Otherwise you’d be able to pray to god and have instant knowledge.

Many former church-going Christians when they leave home are exposed to new ideas and while they don’t all turn into atheists they do modify their beliefs. I used  “socialist university professors” as a conservative parents’ worst nightmare. Don’t worry, it’s not so bad. Many socialist students turn back into conservatives when they start their own businesses.

BTW: If you do want to show financial support for Damon The Friendly Atheist has set up a support fund. From what I know posted by another Freethunk reader, Damon has been kicked out of his home after this fiasco and is essentially out on his own except for the support of the freethinking community. I believe it makes sense to reward such courage in the face of a Christian majority. I’m hesitant to set him up as a hero as it undoubtedly means someone will find some flaw in his skeleton closet, but no one is perfect. This is a teenager who did his best to do the right thing and after seeing the reaction I think he has made a valuable contribution to other atheist high school students facing the same prospect. The Christian majority, while retaining personal freedom of religious expression, needs to get used to the idea that public school events are not church.

Happy Friday the 13th, The Salvation of Jason Part One

This idea is actually an expanded version of an early cartoon I did where Jason from Friday the 13th is offered salvation. Part two is coming this weekend. It was influenced by the supposed conversions of serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. If Christianity is so concerned about morality how is it that one can kill for a lifetime and then accept the forgiveness of Christ (with sincerity) and escape any sort of just punishment? Dahmer and Bundy both met with Christian leaders before their deaths and were  by certain reports renewed in their faith. So Albert Schweitzer, who didn’t believe that Jesus was God, but was an amazing humanitarian is rotting in hell while Dahmer and Bundy who butchered innocent people are singing hallelujah in heaven simply because they accepted Christ’s salvation?

You can deny that Dahmer and Bundy went to heaven because maybe they weren’t sincere, but Christianity would still allow for their salvation if they were. Hell, the Apostle Paul was a murderer before he converted. There’s a time to forgive in certain circumstances when a crime has been paid for in this life, but salvation is twisted. It allows for too much and, to me, that is why it is unethical to let another man-god take the blame for your sins. How blood atonement, literal blood spilling, forgives sins doesn’t make any sense to begin with. I offended God with my sin and therefore he has to kill something (animal or Jesus) to make up for it? Imagine if we followed that moral example in our modern society? You offend me and I get to kill your pet in order to forgive you. What kind of God is so powerless that he can’t forgive, that he can’t renew his creation without bloodshed?

Could it be just superstition–Happy Friday the 13th. Defy superstition!