Penn Jillette offers atheist take on Ash Wednesday

This is why Catholics can’t have nice things. A while back, magician, libertarian and atheist Penn Jillette had offered what he calls Chiquita Banana Wednesday as an atheist alternative to Ash Wednesday, signified by the wearing of a sticker on the forehead in place of ashes. The “tradition” has since moved to Twitter and inspired the hashtag #ChiquitaBananaWednesday.

Um, how much planning did you need?

It’s an unorthodox tradition in more ways than one; neither Penn nor his followers could seem to track down actual Chiquita stickers.

We’re happy for you, but count us in with #TeamPatriciaHeaton on this one.

  • conservativechick

    They all look a bit “devilish” to me….

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Aaahahahahahaah! XD ==> .@/aonpodcast Actually posted a pic w/ that haircut?!!!! #NoFurtherExplanationNeeded #AndMomGlasses

    • Joe W.

      The guy looks like a real needlenose loser….

    • Joe W.

      The guy looks like a real needlenose loser….

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Aaahahahahahaah! XD ==> .@/aonpodcast Actually posted a pic w/ that haircut?!!!! #NoFurtherExplanationNeeded #AndMomGlasses

  • Silenttype78

    Im cool with it. They are doing their own thing.
    Its not like they did something offensive with a sacred object.

    The atheists I have known have been decent people.
    I’ve never met any “piss Christ” types.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      Ah but “doing their own thing” is not permitted by atheists. Instead of *shrug whatever* they demand erasure of believers’ beliefs from public view.It’s not freedom FROM religion not matter how much they want it to be so. And I’m not even a “believer” per se.

      • Silenttype78

        Some atheists are assholes-but hey, so are a lot of Sunday faux Christians.
        I tend to gravitate towards people who just want to live their lives and arent interested in telling others what to do or how to live.
        My experience.has been positive…with both atheists and true believers.

      • Frustrated Teacher

        Just like in most ‘religions’ and in this case a non-religion religion, there are idiots and there are nice folks. I know some idiot atheists that are like you describe, but I also have a couple of atheist friends who believe in live-and-let-live.

  • Silenttype78

    Im cool with it. They are doing their own thing.
    Its not like they did something offensive with a sacred object.

    The atheists I have known have been decent people.
    I’ve never met any “piss Christ” types.

  • $23629333

    Was it this guy or his partner who was mauled by the tiger*?

    (* who IS a good Catholic, by the way)

    • http://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

      Neither, that was Seigfried & Roy…Roy Horn was mauled by their tiger
      Penn & Teller are the team that sorta spill magician’s secrets…now I know which is which…the silent, shorter balding blonde one is Teller I guess (process of elimination)

    • http://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

      Neither, that was Seigfried & Roy…Roy Horn was mauled by their tiger
      Penn & Teller are the team that sorta spill magician’s secrets…now I know which is which…the silent, shorter balding blonde one is Teller I guess (process of elimination)

  • $23629333

    Was it this guy or his partner who was mauled by the tiger*?

    (* who IS a good Catholic, by the way)

  • RichardBlaine

    I’ve never met either a happy atheist or a happy vegetarian. I’m not denying they exist, I guess I’m just a sceptic.

    • Silenttype78

      I think it has something to do with their cynicism.

      • Catchance

        I think they just need more bran.

        • mike_in_kosovo

          Wouldn’t it be more likely that a vegetarian would need *less*?

          • Catchance

            Um… they’re the ones who are often… uh… blocked.
            (That’s what makes them so mean.)

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Right…but I’m thinking that vegetarians already get plenty of fiber..y’know?

    • peteee363

      one of my neighbors is a vegetarian, he and his wife are very nice, and not bothered by my love of eating the wonderful animals god put here for us to eat. but then he is a immigrant, and has not been here long enough to learn the mean ways of most vegetarians.

    • docwill

      I pray for you before the porcelain altar of ‘sceptics’ everywhere…
      “‘

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Right wing, gun loving, vegetarian here. I think one could go through my posting history and see that I am a relatively happy person.

      I do find it amusing when folks walk on eggshells around me expecting me to be one of those militant “Enjoy your murder-burger, Death Eater!” type of vegetarians Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am not offended by the eating of meat, and I honestly appreciate the smell of a well-grilled steak.

      Much like any other decision, there are conservative and liberal ways of looking at this choice. As a conservative, I have made my choice, yet I respect and celebrate that you enjoy eating meat. Many liberal vegetarians will attempt to take away your joy by shaming you or even proposing legislation against meat. I think the technical term for that kind of vegetarian is “asshole.”

    • NRPax

      Q: You’re at a dinner party. How can you tell who the vegans are?
      A: Don’t worry. They’ll tell you.

      • RichardBlaine

        Absolutely, they will!

  • RichardBlaine

    I’ve never met either a happy atheist or a happy vegetarian. I’m not denying they exist, I guess I’m just a sceptic.

  • http://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

    Glad I never spent any money on his LV show, now that I know he feels free to mock a Christian religion. He doesn’t have the guts to mock Ramadan.

  • http://twitter.com/WSPISFA WSPISFA

    Glad I never spent any money on his LV show, now that I know he feels free to mock a Christian religion. He doesn’t have the guts to mock Ramadan.

  • Jer

    #Yawn

  • Jer

    #Yawn

  • nc

    These morons can’t see any “proof” of God’s existence – as if everything just sorta happened.

    But just last night our President is insisting we MUST BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. Based on what?

    Let him tell you in his own words:

    “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

    Wow, twelve whole years. I’m convinced.

    • peteee363

      i am not convinced, since there is proof it was far warmer in the 1300’s then today. so obama lied once more to us all.

    • AdoEdem

      Penn doesn’t believe in that hogwash, either. A particular episode of “Bullsh**” was an unforgiving takedown of environmentalism. It’s hilarious how many of these lunatics signed their “petition” to ban dihydrogen monoxide.

      Real atheists are exceptionally rare (and tend to be on the right). Most self-proclaimed “atheists” and “skeptics” are really just religious nutjobs for whackadoodle conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and New Age self-worship. In other words, they’ve just elevated their narcissism to a religion.

      • docwill

        Hey, ‘dihydrogen monoxide’ is real and contributes to 100’s of K’s of deaths each year. You’ve been warmed…

        • RightThinking1

          Deadly if inhaled….

          • NRPax

            Ted Kennedy committed murder with it.

          • Mapache

            Maybe ATF should regulate it instead of the EPA?

  • nc

    These morons can’t see any “proof” of God’s existence – as if everything just sorta happened.

    But just last night our President is insisting we MUST BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. Based on what?

    Let him tell you in his own words:

    “But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

    Wow, twelve whole years. I’m convinced.

  • http://twitter.com/sally1137 Sally1137

    A67hole, has to ruin chiquita banana stickers for everyone.

    • http://twitter.com/murgatr0id GTJessop

      “everyone”? Not the atheists…

  • http://twitter.com/sally1137 Sally1137

    A67hole, has to ruin chiquita banana stickers for everyone.

  • Netmilsmom

    I’m Catholic and got my ashes today before I watched the Pope celebrate his final public mass.
    I think this is too funny! Especially since our ashes are to remind us that we are “dust and to dust we shall return”. Penn is reminding us that he is a large fruit. LOL!

    • 3seven77

      Not just a fruit, but a dick-shaped fruit.

    • Frustrated Teacher

      I love your attitude. There is too much of people getting offended by stuff in the world today. I am not a Catholic, but I think it was in kind of poor taste…but if didn’t bother you…

    • Calcat36

      I’ll be impressed when he goes to mecca at ramadan wearing a muhammad t-shirt AND a banana sticker on his empty skull. Better stick to picking on Christians hero, because the religion of peace will surely crucify you and anyone related to you if you pulled that sh*t on them. God Bless your lost soul. Keep looking, you will find the way.

    • Calcat36

      I’ll be impressed when he goes to mecca at ramadan wearing a muhammad t-shirt AND a banana sticker on his empty skull. Better stick to picking on Christians hero, because the religion of peace will surely crucify you and anyone related to you if you pulled that sh*t on them. God Bless your lost soul. Keep looking, you will find the way.

  • Edward Tiegs

    Man, Penn isn’t aging well.

  • KansasGirl

    They seem lonely.
    I guess they need validation that they aren’t alone.

  • AdoEdem

    Honestly, we need more atheists like him. In spite of his ribbing of the religious, he’s not one of the nutjobs who freaks out when he’s witnessed to. On fact, he’s said that if you truly believe that only through Jesus Christ will you be saved, that’s what you *should* be doing. The live and let live kind are far too rare.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      Exactly…he doesn’t seem to do what he does at anyone’s expense. He doesn’t begrudge anyone their faith, anymore than I would anyone for their lack of religious belief.

      To paraphrase one of the tweeters above: “He made me realize I was a libertarian.” (Of the ‘small ‘l’ type) He seems to embody live and let live. Also seems to be a pretty decent sort of guy.

      • Raye09

        I like Penn, as a teen I really liked that his views were similar to mine(through the chaos of my pro kerry pro obama classmates and the celebrities they worshipped).

        You are right, the live and let live kind are rare, especially for celebrities(which is why I like Penn and Clint Eastwood)

  • Matthew Koch

    Why do atheists waste time commenting on something they don’t believe in. That makes no sense and is completely illogical.

    • RightThinking1

      Deep inside…, they are insecure.

  • Peyton

    Logically, we have a water shortage problem with vast areas of desert. Therefore, if the ice melts, there would be more total water available for evaporation, leading to more rain, and a blooming earth. After all, science tells us that most of earth’s diversity came during a time of hot wet weather.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Atheists should consider joining the Catholic Church.

  • kateorjane

    What a bunch of pathetic whiners -. Too bad so many atheists have to be so juvenile.

  • Kevin Krom

    Not a Catholic, don’t observe Ash Wednesday, but I’m offended.

    It’s one thing to criticize a religion and argue about its tenets and precepts. But to mock their practices goes a step too far — this is the modern equivalent of performing in “blackface”; it’s only considered “ok” because Christians of all types (and Jews) are considered fair game for mockery, just as blacks were during the “Amos & Andy” era.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Mockery is the lowest form of humour.

  • disqus_lLUSGwbabb

    To me this is more harmless humor than something grossly offensive. I
    will say I respect Penn Jillette for a video he posted telling a story
    about a Christian who gave him a Bible after one of his shows. Even
    though Penn is an atheist, he still has that Bible to this day because
    he was touched at how much the man truly loved him and cared about his
    salvation. It was nice to see someone who doesn’t believe in God be able
    to see the point of view of a Christian.

  • Samh09

    I have never met the guy, Penn Jilette, but I use his razors. 😉

  • Mapache

    Well it is certainly nice that they have stickers. Now at least all the morons carry a label. If an atheist does not believe what harm is there? Why do they feel a need to ridicule what other people believe? It seems they are demonstrating that they must try to destroy beliefs of others that frighten them.