I understand the frustration that many, dare I saw all, atheists have when it comes to religion.  Almost daily we are confronted with it on some level, it's just assumed that EVERYONE is a christian (I know that there are other religions, but all of my run ins have been with christians).   If we are to make ourselves known, and more importantly, change perceptions how should we go about it? 

Today I came across a t-shirt that said "FUCK GOD".  That's a very strong statement.  Don't get me wrong, I can't wrap my brain around the concept of a mythical being.  However, If we're trying to be heard, I don't feel that statement is the best way to go about it.  It would likely put christians on the defense, and reinforce the feelings they have about atheists.  Yet, I completely understand the boldness of the message.  

Can that t-shirt create positive dialogue, or does it just reinforce the wall that most christians have up?  Does it even matter?  Your thoughts?

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Comment by roland707 on November 26, 2011 at 10:51pm
I agree with Eugene. I also find that statement on a shirt to be just combative or baiting conflict. Looking for psychotic reaction. Makes the same impression on me as a shirt that says fuck John Lennon, or JFK, or MLK. Makes us look bad to others.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2011 at 10:13pm

Where there is frustration and a failure to achieve a meeting of the minds, venting is inevitable.  Hell, it may be inevitable even WITH a meeting of the minds, so long as said meeting isn't universal.

The problem remains what it always has been: we see the theists' side of the equation, yet they continue to fail to see ours. So long as that remains the status quo, the venting will continue and the theists' reaction to that venting will also.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 26, 2011 at 9:49pm

I think the wearer is in the first very stage of challenging theism. He or she has a long way to go, and while expressing anger is, even more, trying to get attention from fellow theists. It's the equivalent of trolling, no? This doesn't represent atheism.

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on November 26, 2011 at 9:40pm

I think it is kind of courageous. Just like an early gay rights activist who is dressed in a flamboyant pink outfit and makes a statement instead of hiding and accepting societal norms.


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