Freethunk Threatened by Angry Scotsman

This morning, a rather ominous email appeared in the admin box for Freethunk with the subject line: “ANGRY SCOTSMAN = GEEKZ BIGGEST FAN,”  along with the following photo to the left. Suffice to say we put the office on high alert as we do not know the capabilities of this particular individual. The demands were simple: “MUST HAVE GEEKS XMAS SPECIAL PART 2 OR SCOTSMAN SMASH!!!!”

Realizing the limited vocabulary could result in poor judgment if the demands were not met we decided to capitulate and post the 2nd part of the Geekz holiday comic strip special. We do not believe Chaz Wood, Geekz creator, is involved in this debacle. There were some delays in posting holiday material due to an unprecedented amount of pieces we drew, wrote and received. This comic strip is now posted to appease the Angry Scotsman and for other Geekz fans. You can find Geekz posted weekly at 2Laugh.com.

God Fails During Holidays Comic Strip

This is a somber Littlest Atheist strip from over the holidays. I kept thinking about how little credit we give ourselves as humans for making the world better. Yes, we’re responsible for a lot of screw-ups, but we’re also responsible for overcoming nature when it is out to kill our fellow man and woman. We also are continually making progress in human rights not to mention animal rights (which we bestow on our fellow creatures after contemplating the moral implications of unnecessary cruelties).

What we have trouble recognizing is that the word “miracle” is now equivalent to other quaint but meaningless verbal traditions as “bless you” when someone sneezes. Miracle does not mean a feat that surpasses what we could expect to happen within our physical realm. As noted by several skeptics and atheists, while someone may appear to be “miraculously” healed from an illness, the true miracle would show a man’s arm growing back  before our very eyes after being severed by an accident. Recoveries and/or remissions from diseases sometimes are simply unexplained for the time being and therefore do not need to be attributed to a deity–in the future we may know exactly why these things happen as is usually the case when we advance in medical knowledge.

So as we go into the New Year, realize you can’t rely on the invisibly unverifiable and take time to look out for “your neighbor.” Humanism is preferable to fantasy and even the smallest acts of kindness can reverberate throughout our population.

Pesos in the Collection Plate

The church I went to when I was young gave out envelopes for people to put their money into before depositing it into the collection plate.  I always wondered what sort of surprises they’d find when opening those envelopes.  I know they probably looked forward every week to my artwork doodles and shredded up service programs that I would generously return.  Hey, you’ve got an hour to kill sitting there so you’ve got to do something.

Holy Books Battle Royale

It’s always entertaining to watch idiots fighting in public.  It seems so pointless, yet for the participants they’re willing to put their dignity and personal safety on the line to brawl in a public place.  Then once it’s finished and the crowd leaves the rest of the world can enjoy it once it’s uploaded onto Youtube.

Predator Confrontation Cartoon

Gran Torino, seen it? Yeah, this cartoon is like that:

Walt Kowalski: “Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have fucked with? (spits on the ground) That’s me. ”

In nature there are numerous moments where one creature underestimates the other and pays dearly for it. Sometimes it’s just stink or stinging, other times it’s poison or simply getting ripped to pieces.

Bible Podcasts

I haven’t read a good book in a long time.  I’ve got quite a few sitting around on my “to read” list, but I really don’t have the time to sit down and get into them.  After a full evening of Green Eggs and Ham, Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder my brain power is usually running pretty low and the TV calls to me.  If I’m lucky it’ll be a movie based on a book I’d like to read, saving me the trouble.

Snowflake Art by Nature

Nature can often evoke the same feelings you get from religion, a sense of awe or a feeling we might term “spiritual.” “Spiritual” can often be defined as developing your inner life by contemplating something larger than your life. This could be God or the universe as a whole.   MSNBC has some natural art in the form of tiny snowflakes that prove you don’t always have to use a telescope to be euphoric. They even have poetic science that explains how snowflakes form and then delight us… as they join together to barricade us in our homes and make the roads unbearable for driving.

Nature’s art is really an anathema to purposeful design/art. It is not planned or a conscious decision to make something that entrances us. If you believe in God you might think the processes were all created for your viewing pleasure and therefore it is God’s art, but unfortunately that would make it God’s art run amuck. Snow is both beautiful and deadly. Mankind had to invent shelters to defend us from this art so we didn’t freeze to death.

Quite a lot of Nature’s art is the result of violent actions. For example,  if we were to concede that Noah’s Flood carved the gorgeous spectacle known as The Grand Canyon like the creationists say it did,  it would mean Grand Canyon art required a violent flood that wiped away vegetation, animals and sinful humans (including the sinful babies–and don’t forget the puppies! My God, the puppies!). Volcanoes erupt and in their aftermath create new and exciting formations. Ocean waves tear away at cliffs with no regard for the inhabitants above. An avalanche caught on film is magnificent as it barrels down the slopes, skiers be damned. A new lake is formed by drowning the land after a glacial landslide.

Okay, maybe I’m embellishing a bit, but you get the point. We find beauty as a result of destruction. This is not to discount the beauty of growth–new forests, plants, new life–but it is interesting that we find this beauty as the result of what are random forces at work. I mean what artist creates sculpture by using dynamite (I’m sure somebody will figure a way at some point).

According to Wiki, snowflakes are: “… are conglomerations of frozen ice crystals which fall through the Earth’s atmosphere. They begin as two snow crystals which develop when microscopic supercooled cloud droplets freeze.” It sounds so dull and yet the formations are fantastic. You don’t need religion for spiritual awe. It’s right outside your backdoor waiting for you.