He’s made it perfectly clear that he’s an atheist, but we wouldn’t mind if comedian Ricky Gervais took some time off from the act for Passover or Easter. Instead, he’s decided to work overtime to make his tweets as offensive as possible. Is he up for another Golden Globes hosting gig or something?

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/317377463384678400

That’s pretty standard trolling by Gervais’ standards. What else does he have?

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/317385898973097984

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/317390022024249344

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/317391422582038528

https://twitter.com/rickygervais/status/317390813686542336

Yes, Gervais will star in the next Muppets movie, due out in 2014. Early word is he’ll spend 90 minutes berating Kermit the Frog for promoting all of that “Rainbow Connection” nonsense. What is it with vulgar comedians and kids’ movies anyway?

  • Pulchritudinous

    We get it: You’re atheist Ricky! Now shut up.

    Sincerely, a fellow atheist.

    • Brad

      You don’t have to follow him on twitter.

      • J. Cox

        You mean like you didn’t have to read and respond to his comment?Irony must be tough for libs to get.

        • Brad

          Did I tell him to shut up like he told Ricky to shut up? Try again idiot.

          • J. Cox

            In other words..you trolling here is OK,as long as you do not tell others to shut-up…but if someone tells someone to shutup because they are being a bigot,and it makes the left happy…they are wrong?You make as much sense as the lefts econ plan.Do go on about how he should or shouldn’t respond though(not that it would mean he would have to shut-up,right?)

            I find it so amusing how you want leftist trolls to be able to say whatever they want…but anyone else needs not speak out,because….insert a valid reason here….
            Idiot.

          • $36544368

            Idiot? Seriously? You mentioned you had imaginary friends until you turned 7…apparently you’ve not grown up much since then…why are libs so angry all the time? That root of bitterness really has a stronghold over you, doesn’t it.

        • $48245650

          People should know when to give up their First Amendment rights

          • J. Cox

            Sorry…the 1st amendment does not apply,try actually reading the constitution.

        • $36544368

          Bazinga!

      • Ronald

        So true.

      • TocksNedlog

        Brilliant.

    • V the K

      More of a Theophobe. A mere casual atheist wouldn’t be so obsessed with attacking believers.

      • rightactions

        The angry behavior of 99.99% of atheists make all of them look bad.

    • Dale Black

      Wow, you mean you don’t continuously obsess about something you don’t believe? How odd.

      • Pulchritudinous

        Yeah, I’m a rarity.

        What I don’t understand is why other atheists have to be so cruel, pretentious, and derisive toward people of faith and why they target Christians exclusively.

        • Guest

          “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

          Ephesians 6:12

          • MileHighinAZ

            “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
            In Gervais’ case, “good” means genuine acts of goodness towards the despiser, motivated by a love for Christ , which will lead us to desire to obey His commandment to “love your enemy”. Submission. It’s hard.

          • $36544368

            Thank God He gave us the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d be punching a few friends and family in the mouth. I’m right there with ya!

        • J. Cox

          Actually..you and people like you are the silent majority.Most atheist are more or less live and let live,just as long as they are not pounced upon.The loud vocal ones are nothing more than arrogant “I am smarter than you” types who need others to pat them on the back.However..you get the pat for being decent and not attacking, with vileness,those with whom you disagree.

          • rightactions

            I disagree that Greg Johnson and perhaps youself, J. Cox, are a “silent majority” among a handful of “cruel, pretentious, and derisive” atheists.

            Ever wonder why you have to apologize for atheists and so frequently remind people who’ve been accosted by other atheists of the old saying, “Just because every atheist you’ve ever met was a total jerk doesn’t mean they all are”?

        • Ronald

          They don’t target Christians exclusively. They also target other religions too. But then again, religions also target other religions. For example, many Christians think that Muslims are fooled. There is nothing new about someone thinking that someone else is fooled.

        • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

          Especially when you consider that Atheism – while I believe it is correct – is like playing with fire.

          Religions may be a canned philosophies with rules of morality dictated from sacred texts, but when you abandon it, you have to replace those rules with some other basis for morality. When an entire society forgets this last step, you get Nihilism, and horrors like the USSR and China.

          In my view, most religions are better than no morality at all.

    • Herman LaClair

      bingo.

    • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

      Agree completely. As a fellow Atheist I can’t imagine a more pointless exercise than seeking out the faithful to challenge their beliefs.

      I only engage in debate with the faithful when they challenge mine, and that’s only because I like a good debate :)

  • djvexd

    You left out the part where he was inundated by gorps tweeting him about the resurrection. Report both sides. Or follow Ricky.

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

    FixedIt ==> MT “@rickygervais It’s almost like The Koran is all made up. It can’t be though. That would mean that billions of people were really gullible.” #BecauseHeDoesntHaveTheBalls

    • SpinMeNot

      On target, fire for effect …

    • Mark Stephens

      He would not have the guts to post it.

  • PeterP

    This is what people who don’t have God in their lives say: “It’s starts off as perverted priest cum but because of transubstantiation it turns into the lovely semi skimmed pasteurised milk of Christ.” — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 28, 2013. Proof that God is what gives us our morality. Thank you Ricky.

    • Brad

      You need an imaginary friend to give you morality? That’s just scary.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

        As a matter of fact we clearly do. Look at you atheists…y’all have the morals of alley cats at best, or absolutely zero morals at all.

        • Ronald

          The most atheistic countries are among the world’s most peaceful countries. Highest standard of living too. The most religious countries are often the most violent places, with the lowest standards of living. There are millions of people living on this planet that are very moral, despite the fact they don’t believe they will be punished for doing wrong, or rewarded by doing good. That said, in American, an atheist is “less trustworthy” than a rapist (according to the polls).

          • J. Cox

            Please use some facts and provide your data.

          • Ronald

            http://www.nairaland.com/121066/predominantly-atheist-countries-lowest-crime

            Read for yourself. Then, if you don’t like the source, find others. Ball’s in your court.

          • J. Cox

            Shorter you..I have no proof backing my statement..prove me right for me.

            Thanks for spouting garbage…but you leftist trolls are the ones who eat that up.Tell Mao,Stalin,HoChiMinn,and the rest of them atheist that 300 million a century are quite enough dead.

            FYI…a post in a forum..a atheist forum at that that has no sources don’t cut it.ROFL at Japan being 10% religious.Spoken like a true idiot who has never been anywhere other than the welfare line.

          • Zapzipzim

            Let’s see…
            China: peaceful except it is building a massive army and advanced weapons program. It also persecutes Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians.
            North Korea: does peace equate to “bellicose?” It starves its own people, anyone who tries to escape is killed, religious people are incarcerated, tortured and killed.
            What other atheistic countries were you planning on bringing up?

          • J. Cox

            shh…don’t confuse them with facts and stats…then you’re just being mean.

          • Nan

            Note that North Korea claims to have missiles pointed to the US and attacking DC, LA and for some reason, Austin, TX.

          • Ronald

            How about Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Canada, etc? Then compare those to the most religious countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. There are always outliers, but the rule applies. It’s a stone cold fact.

          • J. Cox

            Sweden crimes is 24.8% of the total pop.5th out of 20 Euro countries.

            1,234,780 total crimes last year.Also,things that are legal there are illegal here,but still shows how great a place it is…if you like crime in a homey sort of way.

            Canada is 7th out of 20 N./S. American countries with a total of 2,516,816 crimes.

            I notice you use countries with a small pop as examples,but even so…per capita stats prove you wrong…as well as the fact there is no actual data other than polling data showing how religious any of these countries are.Straw-man argument…meet actual facts…now come back with data that proves otherwise.

          • Ronald

            Meh. Your mind is made up. Have a nice day.

          • TocksNedlog

            Congratulations! You’ve composed the perfect strawman/ad hominem/non sequitur argument.

          • Ronald

            Do you even know what that means? Define them, then show me how what I said applies. You’ve critiqued the argument without making any counter points. That’s lazy man, really lazy.

      • DoNotTread73

        Where would they have come from otherwise?

        • SpinMeNot

          This is just a guess mind you .. but the profound truth in your statement is likely to go right past the vast majority of atheists …

          I can only vote you up once …

        • ML

          Your questions reminds me of the first part of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. So true.

      • KansasGirl

        What I find scary is your attitude towards Christians.

        • SpinMeNot

          But not surprising … it is all happening as promised, the ending of this film is just awesome.

      • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

        I find morals of secular humanists to be malleable, just like your intellect.

        • Ronald

          Christian morals have changed over time as well. For example, many Christians once supported slavery. Not so these days.

          Christians once thought it was a sin for women to wear pants. No so these days.

          Etc.

          • Zapzipzim

            Per your uninformed comments on Christians supporting slavery: If you actually knew what you were talking about, you’d mention that Christians led the abolitionist movement in England and also in America. Many Christians did NOT support slavery, even before the abolitionist movement, but that doesn’t seem to fit into your biased narrative, does it?

          • Ronald

            I said many, not all. Many did not support slavery, you are right. Your own bias is preventing you from getting the point of what I said.

          • kilthan

            The slavery thing: You’re about a thousand miles off the mark on that one. Study the history of Abolition movement, you’ll find it is filled, almost entirely, with Christians who thought that no man had the right to own another, because we are all Children of God.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionist

            But, you know, you could keep dragging out the tired old nag of ‘OMGZ CHRISTIANS IS RAZISTS!”

            As for the Pants thing… some groups believed that, many still do. Atheists once believed that people of certain ‘races’ were less evolved than others, and many still do. Ever wonder why so many caveman/neanderthal/etc are depicted with very dark skin? Hint: its racism…

          • Ronald

            I have studied it. Extensively. The facts are not debatable. Both sides used the bible to support their claims. That’s why I said MANY Christians, not ALL. Read first, then reply.

          • KansasGirl

            Have muslims?
            Let’s hear a rant against them…I dare you.

          • Nan

            Muslims still practice slavery.

          • KansasGirl

            Dang straight they do.
            Yet Ronald is only concerned about Christians…it’s safer doncha know.

          • Ronald

            Why would I go on a rant? But in case you’re wondering about what atheists thing about muslims, try reading Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, or even Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Then you’ll see that most atheists consider Islam more of a problem than Christianity. However, that doesn’t get talked about in American because many Christians are happy to attack other faiths, just so long as it’s not theirs.

          • KansasGirl

            I didn’t ask what atheists think about muslims…I want to know what you think about muslims.

          • TocksNedlog

            Wanna know what REALLY is a sin?

            A president wearing mom jeans.

            Saints preserve us!

        • spydrz

          As is yours David…

          Perhaps we should leave intellect alone, lest you find yourself in dire straits? Not so certain those who bank on faith have much justification citing intelligence. Yours seems to be lacking, as is your ability to comprehend the English language.

  • Carl Booth II

    Atheists only pick fights in Western civilization. You know, ’cause they would be stoned or burned to death by those of those other “peaceful” religions…

    • http://twitter.com/dee_rash Dee Dee rash

      True that! when Jesus does come back…. Then who is laughing!

      • Lina

        nobody, because he won’t. because he never existed in the first place. same with allah, muhammad, zeus, apollo, and what have you.

    • sqeptiq

      Because Christians don’t have the balls to do anything about it.

      • almarquardt

        No. It’s because we’re not supposed to. We are supposed to love them, and treat them as we wish to be treated. We, Christian or not, are not qualified to judge or condemn anyone. That’s God’s job.

        In the end, atheists bury themselves with their hatred and contempt of God. I take no pleasure in that, because I, too, once disbelieved. I want everyone to experience God’s love, mercy and grace as I have. That will never happen if we stone or burn to death those who choose not to believe.

      • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

        We are supposed to turn the other cheek, myself, the cheek is a little sore and I am not Jesus.

        • sqeptiq

          I don’t believe in turning the other cheek at all. That’s only an invitation to hit you again.

          • GaryTheBrave

            In the days of the Roman Empire there were two ways to physically slap a person with each having their own meaning. A back-handed slap was the ultimate insult. It’s also where the faces of rings are so there was the added pain. “Turning the other cheek” forced the slapper to use the palm of the hand, which was considered more respectful (for lack of a better word). This also prevented the rings from making an impact on the face.

          • TocksNedlog

            Tonight, after dark, let’s all go over to Ricky Gervais’ house and throw rocks at his windows!

        • $36544368

          I just read a cool commentary on that last night…it’s like the ‘judge not, lest ye be judged’ passage…despite the way this passage is quote by both Christians and non-Christians (who seem to have memorized it faithfully to use it against Christians), Jesus is NOT calling to a universalized acceptance of any lifestyle or teaching. In this same message (Luke 6), Jesus calls us to know people by their fruits (their behaviors, etc.), and *some* sort of assessment is necessary for that. A Christian is called to unconditional love, but not unconditional approval. When Jesus speaks about turning the other cheek, He isn’t talking about being passive in the face of a physical assault. He means we shouldn’t defend our self in the face of a grievous insult. Culturally, at the time this scripture was written, the slap on the cheek was more an attack on honor than a physical assault. And at the time of this message, these words were actually directed more at the disciples…if you look at the beginning of passage you can see that there. He was preparing them to go out into the world and be basically mistreated for their belief in Him. But I do understand how you feel and am right there with you a lot of the time, David…it gets really old to get beaten down over and over…and you don’t have to be Jesus…just be David.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            The “judge not” passage is very frequently misinterpreted… the text before it clearly states, if you read the KJV, ‘O ye hypocrites…’ Context is always good, in these instances. Later, Jesus tells us to ‘judge righteous judgment’. Two very different things.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Jesus didn’t turn the other cheek when he ran the merchants and money-changers out of the temple. The Bible explicitly says he made a scourge. He didn’t have the disciples fetch him one, he made it himself. That’s not turning the other cheek…

      • ldwaddell

        Let’s suppose, hypothetically, that Christian’s lashed out violently (or as you put it “had the balls”) every time someone said something against our faith. Would you then have the utmost respect for Christians and Christianity or would you claim we were all hypocrites for not following the teachings of Jesus?( Although Jesus did say that if you don’t have a sword (weapon) you should get one, apparently for self-defense.) So you see you make derogatory remarks about Christians “not having the balls” to attack foolish people, but would then call us hypocritical for having the “balls,” as you suggest we should, to physically attack loud mouth atheists.

        • sqeptiq

          Yes, I would respect Christians more. However, I would fight any who sought to use violence against me. I’m a stubborn blasphemer and I don’t believe in turning the other cheek.

      • SpinMeNot

        Punk, I damn well guarantee you my sons and myself have more balls than you can possibly imagine. And there were a lot Rangers in my group with crosses around their necks and Bibles in their rucks.

      • TocksNedlog

        You’re advocating a return to ‘stoning the unbelievers,’ are you?

    • Ronald

      Why is Christianity peaceful now? It wasn’t always that way. So what changed?

      • J. Cox

        Why are atheist so peaceful now…you’re not going to let that little Hitler/Stalin thing keep you from killing another 120Million are you?

  • Maxx

    I used to be agnostic….then I had kidney stones.

    Never prayed so much in my life. :)

    • Billie Slash

      Heh-heh.

    • SpinMeNot

      yeah, that is definitely what we call a ‘Come to Jesus’ experience …

    • dkhilly

      I’ll vouch for you…definitely more painful than childbirth.

      • dlk

        Gall stones are more painful than childbirth. Kidney stones slightly less. I’ve experienced all three and prayed every time. :)

    • Jim

      “So you’re agnostic, then? I think I have a cream for that.” -Hot Fuzz

  • http://twitter.com/moosebuster2 moosebuster

    Meh. that’s all he’s got??

    • TocksNedlog

      His writers weren’t available.

  • http://www.carlarolfe.com/ Carla Rolfe

    Apparently in our culture, mocking Christianity is the new black. Generally done by the biggest hypocrites on the planet who call for tolerance, respect and acceptance.

    • SpinMeNot

      Paging @marylandman … paging @marylandman … troll needed in the reality department, troll needed in the reality department.

      I can only vote you up once …

      • Dale Black

        Hey, I’ll do my best marylandman impression:

        “I am so oppressed by you because you disagree with me. The only possible reason that you might disagree with is because of your limited intellectual capacity. I’m right because I say so, and anyone who doesn’t immediately agree with me is a bigot!!!!”

        How’d I do?

        • SpinMeNot

          It was like she was here … 😀

    • Catchance

      For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

      Ephesians 6:12

  • Billie Slash

    Send Ricky Gervais and Piers Morgan to Texas. We’ll give these fools a ‘come to Jesus’ moment they’ll never forget.

    • SpinMeNot

      We can have a reality show … they have to drive from Texarkana to Brownsville in a powder blue Prius with an Michelle/Hillary 2016, “I voted for hope and change twice”, “Jesus is my Undocumented Gardener, not my God” and a “repeal the 2nd amendment” bumper stickers. If they get to Brownsville alive …

      • $7610427

        That’s funny. They can stop by my house…I would love to punch Piers in the face…I’ll let Ricky slide unless he pops off…which he probably will.

      • T. de Haan

        That’s actually been tried before by the Top Gear team. Three British guys with slogans on their cars riding through the Deep South.

        http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1325466/alabama_rednecks_topgear/

    • 1SkepticalChick

      They’d die of Brutal Honesty the first step they made across the State line! Heh…

      • SpinMeNot

        My guess is they won’t make it of the parking lot of the rest stop there in Texarkana on I-30.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          Calls for lawnchairs, Shiner Bock, and popcorn…save me a spot!

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      Like I said above, we are supposed to turn the other cheek, yet we are not Jesus….without sin.

    • Brad

      “Jesus moment”? You Christians sure are peaceful.

  • Brad

    God is the best troll ever. He gave us free will – to do as He commands or to burn in Hell for eternity.

    • Catchance

      Huh? I thought you didn’t believe in Him?

      • Christoph DeHaven

        He doesn’t…it’s just a feeble attempt at sarcasm.

        • Catchance

          Yes, I know. That was my feeble attempt at sarcasm. (He says he doesn’t believe in God, but then complains about Him.)

          • Brad

            I’ve never said “I don’t believe in God”.

          • Catchance

            Oh. I’m sorry. I thought you said you were an atheist. Must have been when you said he was “imaginary”. My mistake.

      • Brad

        Huh? You think you know me even though you’ve never met me? Ok.

    • TocksNedlog

      ‘Clever’ AND meainingless. You’re the complete package, buddy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.r.riggs Kenneth Ray Riggs

    I am glad you said he was a comedian because I had no idea who he is. Obama claims to be a Christian. So he is saying Obama is gullible?

    • TocksNedlog

      He seems to believe in everything that his atheist mentor taught him.

  • waltermitty2012

    An atheist was hiking in the woods one day when he was surprised by a bear who was ready to attack. The atheist cried out, “Oh, my God! No!”

    Then everything stopped and the atheist saw a light appear. God said to him, “You’ve never believed in Me, yet you call my name in your moment of need. Do you wish to be a Christian, my son?”

    The atheist said, “No, that would make me a hypocrit. Can you make the bear a Christian?” God responded, “As you wish.”

    Then everything returned to normal. The bear brought his hands together over his heart and said, “Bless me, Oh Lord, and this thy gift, for which I am about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.”

    HAPPY EASTER!

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      Brilliant!

    • Brad

      I used to have imaginary friends too. Then I turned seven.

      • $36544368

        It’ll be interesting to watch you sweat while you’re standing in front of your Maker when you’ve assumed room temperature.

        • Lina

          I love the insults of religious people. ” My fake god is really gonna getcha when you die!!!”

          You idiots forget that we don’t believe that stupid sh*t and it means nothing to us.

          • $36544368

            It’s a shame you’re so angry and feel that you have to insult ‘religious people’. But, you’re only proving my point…and I’d rather be an ‘idiot’ and be right when my time comes than be an ‘idiot’ and be wrong.

            Not believing in something doesn’t mean that it’s not true. Example – you can believe there’s no gravity all you want (because you can’t ‘see’ it’), but it’s still there.

            Insult me all you want…you’re just fulfilling scripture.

          • Lina

            HAHAHA. As a scientist, I am delighted that you decided to use a scientific parameter to compare to your imaginary sky daddy!

            We know gravity exists because we can perform replicable controlled experiments that prove it does.

            We know your “god” does not because we cannot! So as soon as you design an assay that definitively proves that your bronze age god exists, we’ll all bow down and admit we were wrong. hahahahahaa

          • $36544368

            That’s a ridiculous argument. You can’t prove there is no God. It’s impossible. And believe me…at some point…you will bow down…maybe not in this age, but definitely in the age to come…whether or not you believe it. I’d quote the scripture, but since you don’t believe in it, I won’t waste my time. I don’t know why it’s so important to you that I don’t believe in God. Argue all you want…again, you’re just fulfilling scripture…and now, I’m going to go have a cup of coffee, spend some more time enjoying Resurrection Sunday, and being grateful that I have a life that has purpose and meaning…you continue being angry and upset that I have a belief that seems to really stick in your craw…end of thread, and end of energy sparing with someone who is bitter and hateful…(i.e., you, Lina).

          • Lina

            I don’t have to prove that there is no god because you can’t prove that there is one! So someone can come up to you and say “there is a parallel universe in which everything is made of spaghetti” and somehow the burden of proof ends up on you? You are the ones that profess that it is true and want to use it to subjugate and oppress all of the rest of us, so YOU prove it! You’re the ones that want to deny people the right to marry the person they love and force women to have unwanted children, even ones that are the byproduct of rape and incest! So all of you bible thumping theocrats better figure out how to prove that your religious tripe exists if you want all of us to live by it!

            But you can’t. And as more and more of us become rational, we will push religion out of the public sphere and into the homes and churches of the religious, where it belongs.

            It seems to make you feel better to assume that I am “angry” and “bitter.” No, I am just outspoken against the biblical fascists that feel the need to shove their religion in my face and in my country’s government every. damn. day. I don’t give one single solitary f*ck what you believe or what you do in your own home or your bedroom. But I refuse to allow you to strip me of my rights based on your beliefs.

          • rightactions

            You choose to separate yourself from God. And upon entering eternity when you die and God permits your will to be done, it’s not going to be the fault of God that you suffer by being eternally separated from the source of all truth, love, and life.

          • Lina

            No. There is no god, and I will not subscribe to your particular cult. When I die the neurons that make up my consciousness will cease working and then degrade, causing me to stop existing forever. Same thing will happen to you. I wish all you religious psychos could truly understand that you were wrong after you die… unfortunately death is the end.

      • TocksNedlog

        When was that, last week?

    • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

      All of this presupposes that God exists.

      You could just as easily create the situation in which the man had a way of escaping the bear but stopped to pray instead. And the bear – being an Atheist – ate him because he didn’t have stop and pray.

      • $48245650

        I’ll be science-ing for you

        • Jack Peterson

          Atheists believe in the absurd. For instance, they think you can’t believe in God and science.

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            Nonsense. I have lots of religious friends who believe in science.

            To the extent that science and faith are in agreement, it’s absolutely possible to believe both are correct.

            But where science and faith are in conflict, science wins, every time.

          • Jack Peterson

            Yes, you have religious friends who believe in science. How many scientists do you know who also believe in God? Not all scientists are atheists.

            What do you mean “where science and faith are in agreement”? When you say “faith”, faith in what? YOU have faith. Faith in science alone. Your next line is nothing but a straw-man statement. To what conflicts are you referring? Science origins were man’s curiosity about God’s designs.

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            I don’t have faith. If science began producing un-repeatable results, I’d look for something else.

            Here is one area in which science and faith disagree: Young Earth Creationism and physics (Carbon dating, primarily). And no, I’m not going to argue specifics – the subject has been beaten to a bloody pulp.

            “Science origins were man’s curiosity about God’s designs.”

            Agreed. But that doesn’t mean that faith is correct. It merely means that faith inspired people. That is one area in which I think religion is a powerful thing – it inspires. I’m not one of these Liberal Atheists who hates any faith, in fact in a post below, I had some kind words for it.

          • TocksNedlog

            Remember, some of his best friends have faith.

          • rightactions

            Here is one area in which science and faith disagree: Young Earth Creationism and physics…
            –Hired Mind

            You’re wrong again. Young Earth Creationism is does not come from faith; rather it’s a heresy of a certain narrow group of protestants who oppose the faith handed down by God through the Jewish Scriptures and carried forth to all the nations by Jesus Christ’s apostles and their successors.

            What you’re trying to pass off as “faith” dear Randroid, is as silly as physics Ph. D. Dr. Fritjof Capra passing New Age beliefs off as modern science.

            P.S. History is not subject to repeatable experiment. Yet is historical knowledge possible, even though it cannot be scientific knowledge – or do you just have “faith” that there’s such a thing as history?

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            Young Earth Creationism does come from faith, as do all religions.

            There is a difference between faith and religion. Faith is any belief unsupported by evidence. Religion is simply any belief system based on faith that includes the concept of a deity.

            Here’s the problem with faith: since it is unsupported by evidence, if you accept faith as a valid means of acquiring knowledge, you have no means of disputing any other beliefs supported by faith. What is your basis for claiming that your form of religion is valid, but Y.E.C. is not? You have none. You assert that yours was handed down by God, yet if I were to ask a Y.E.C. believer, they would make the same claim. Both claims are equally unsupported by evidence, both are equally invalid.

            You’re doing what every other religious person has to do, to protect their religion from any pesky facts: you’re assuming the existence of God and then making claims based on that assumption, and resorting to name calling. Neither of which proves anything.

          • teamfrazzled

            Why would science and G*d conflict? There is never any conflict except man-made ones only due to their OWN misinterpretations. There is NO scientific discovery that conflicts with Christianity and never can be. Even for those who want to believe G*d actually created the universe in 7 24-hour days while ignoring the fact the measurement of time is a man-made creation and did not exist before the existence of man did -so what? Still doesn’t explain HOW, still doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be trying to discover as much as is humanly possible about our natural world. G*d certainly gave us the intelligence and ability to do just that so I firmly believe it is His desire we discover as much as humanly possible. The Bible provides zero explanation for how the natural world works and was never intended to be used as a science book. It provides zero explanation because it’s purpose is something entirely and indisputably different. Science never requires FAITH -only religion does and religion is upfront about that -our faith IS required. Faith means believing something to be true without being provided factual proof it is true.

            But my faith must not and cannot be demanded when it comes to science -it is not a religion. So I owe no one any explanation EVER for my refusal to put my FAITH in any scientific theory. Scientists owe it to provide uncontested evidence and indisputable data first, it must withstand every attempt to prove it false (which is actually how science is able to prove theories to be true, and only after failing to do so using every conceivable variable, it becomes accepted as scientific fact) -and NOT until then. At that point they become scientific facts, no longer theories. As with any other fact, faith is also never required. Facts are accepted for what they are! A fact. The problem atheists have is with the theory of evolution -they demand our FAITH in it because it is a theory that can never be proven true and in fact has been scientifically proven to be fatally flawed. Scientific theories attempt to explain a particular phenomenon of our natural world -but the theory of evolution attempts to explain -EVERYTHING but ends up explaining nothing. Just the very basic fundamental should tell anyone with critical thinking skills it can’t be right. It proposes that life emerged from nonliving material -in spite of the fact we know for a scientific fact the only way for a life to be produced -is by means of another life, never ever from non-living materials. Or you can believe our world once had magical properties capable of producing life from nonliving materials -but promptly lost that magical ability, never to be seen again -but still “natural” even though the definition of “natural” is “seen to occur in nature”. Or you can accept the scientific reality Darwin got it wrong and we still need to keep looking for the answers. I’m going with the last -I favor MORE scientific investigation. Those who put their faith in this theory are actually the new flat earthers -insisting we know all we need to know about that from this theory and anyone insisting we don’t have the right answers yet are…….religious kooks. Hmm.

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            I’m just going to respond to a few of the bigger, more obvious points because I have to be somewhere.

            1. The term “day” is defined as the time it takes the sun to appear in the same relative spot in the sky each time the Earth rotates. At the time of the writing of the Bible, they may not have known that the sun wasn’t revolving around the Earth but in fact the Earth was spinning, but the amount of time it took was almost exactly the same as today. So the 7 24-hour days claim just doesn’t wash. (Conceivably, God would have used units of time in use at the time the Bible was written to communicate specifically with us humans, no?)

            2. “The Bible provides zero explanation for how the natural world works and was never intended to be used as a science book.” — It WAS used as a science book, for many centuries. As real science has proven it inadequate for that purpose, it has abandoned that ground. As science has advanced, faith has been forced to give ground.

            3. “The problem atheists have is with the theory of evolution -they demand our FAITH in it” — Even if that were true (it’s not), religion is ENTIRELY based on faith. How is it logical to attack something based on the fact that it (supposedly) demands faith, and turn right around and believe something that definitely DOES demand faith? At best, you’re proving that they are equally valid or invalid. In other words, if faith is a problem – as you claim – for evolution, how is it not a problem for religion?

            The only reason the Theory of Evolution is still labeled a theory is because there is no practical means of running an experiment that lasts millions of years. But that is the fundamental honesty of science: it doesn’t claim to have all the answers (yet), it only lays claim to those things we KNOW, and can reproduce. Faith (talking about the wider “faith” not the narrower “religion” here) claims to have all the answers, and expects you to believe them even when they are contradicted by the world around you.

            4. “Or you can believe our world once had magical properties capable of producing life from nonliving materials” — Not magic, physics. Scientists have already produced amino acids from inanimate matter (methane, ammonia, nitrogen, and water vapor) in a lab already, by subjecting it to simulated lightning. The proteins and other molecules that make up life are made of these basic building blocks. All it would take is for a single molecule to be produced that had any means of simple replication, and BOOM – Life.

            5. “Scientists owe it to provide uncontested evidence and indisputable data first, it must withstand every attempt to prove it false” — Can’t you see how ridiculous that is? You require absolute proof from science, but absolutely no proof from faith.

            Any idea that is entirely protected from testing is inherently invalid. You’ve just proven that religion is exactly that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/don.meaker Don Meaker

            When today’s world creates proteins from no living matter, living things eat the proteins.

          • TocksNedlog

            Talk about your Blind Faith!

          • rightactions

            If you believe you’ve found a case of science and faith in conflict, double check your science because you’re doing it wrong.

            Remember folks, Christians invented this science stuff.

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            “If you believe you’ve found a case of science and faith in conflict, double check your science because you’re doing it wrong.”

            But never, ever, EVER double-check your religion. Even when it’s wrong it’s right, right?

            “Remember folks, Christians invented this science stuff.”

            Worst mistake in history – you’ve been trying to destroy it ever since.

        • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

          If you mean you’ll be figuring out ways to make like better through science, great!

          (because unlike prayer, that will actually work)

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            Really? How’s your fabulous ‘science’ when it comes to all the ‘wonder drugs’ that cause more side effects than the symptoms that are being treated? Dr. Ben Carson, whom I would assume as a pediatric neurosurgeon would also be a scientist, believes in God.

            By the way, you do have faith, even if it is in inanimate objects. Like light switches, and toilets. You know they will turn on, and you know it will flush… and why is that?

            One other question of deep thought. Since all knowledge is God’s, when you think you have an original thought, is it really original? Or was it ‘planted’ there… and if you think you came up with it all by yourself, can you prove it?

          • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

            1. Drugs rarely “cause more side effects than the symptoms that are being treated”. If they do, they are almost always abandoned. Show me one double-blind, controlled study in which prayer has produced a tangible result of any kind. And then, repeat the study (an effect must be repeatable) and I might be interested. Note also, that wonder drugs are, in fact, fabulous. They’ve virtually eliminated smallpox, polio, etc. Penicillin alone has saved tens or hundreds of millions of lives.

            2. Dr. Carson believes in science too. That should tell you something. If he believed absolutely in the power of prayer, he would be praying kids into health instead of operating on them. I suspect that he believes in God only insofar as that belief does not conflict with what science tells him. As I said in another comment, that is perfectly doable. A stopped clock, and all that. When science advances, faith gives ground.

            3. I know that light switches and toilets will do what they do, not because I have faith, but because I have some idea of how they function. That’s not faith, that is a rudimentary knowledge of physics. (And when a light switch breaks, I fix or replace it, I do not pray for it to work again.)

            4. “One other question of deep thought. Since all knowledge is God’s” — Bzzt. Your premise begs the question; it assumes the existence of God, therefore the question is invalid. All alleged “proofs” of the existence of God assume the existence of God.

            In any case: some of the fundamental instincts present in humans when they are born (e.g. the instinct to hold their breath when their faces are in water) is ms-labled “knowledge”. But real knowledge is acquired through perception: the process of integration of sense data by your rational faculty.

            5. ” and if you think you came up with it all by yourself, can you prove it?”

            Why yes I can. If “all knowledge is God’s” then how is it I have the ability think that God doesn’t exist? Does this God believe that he doesn’t exist? The existence of any thought in a human that God could not have, or would be contradictory, disproves your assertion. How could a perfect being have an imperfect (contradictory) thought?

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        The bear wasn’t praying… he was thanking God for the meal he just got.

        • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

          Yes, I know that. And?

      • TocksNedlog

        Your version is funnier.
        [eye roll]

        • https://twitter.com/thehiredmind Hired Mind

          Wasn’t meant to be funny, was meant to prove a point. That’s why I didn’t tell it in joke form. Duh.

    • bret robertson

      oh I gotta share this on fb

  • $2943864

    I’ve noticed that “atheists” who are unusually vocal are simply protesting too much and tend to be true believers trying to convince themselves otherwise.

    • GW

      Or maybe they’re just jerks.

    • Ronald

      I once had a group of atheists knock on my door to tell me the good news. Oh, sorry, those were Christians. Come to think of it, other than the occasional billboard or twitter post, I don’t get approached by atheists trying to convert me. If anyone is more vocal, I would say it is the religions folks trying to convert people. aka Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adventists, Etc.

  • David LJ LaycockSr

    Well you obviously have a lot to say but your relativism is near an argument to pluralism and your response is a neutered alternative of jocular naivety beyond the stupid dome.

  • DoNotTread73

    When disney bought the muppets it was all downhill for them. The last movie ugh, its more people singing, less muppets and a political message. Henson is spinning in his grave. Seeing that this ‘actor’ is going to be in the next is just another nail in the coffin in the muppet legacy.

    • GW

      Does that mean there’s going to be singing in the next Star Wars movie?

      • TocksNedlog

        Well, Threepio IS fabulous!

  • Steve_J

    He thinks the “girls” form Sex & The City look young? He needs his eyes checked.

  • mariana

    An Atheist was riding on the bus when he suddenly heard a voice shout out from behind him “Oh man! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!” He looked round and saw that young man was reading something. “What you reading there, son?” The young man looked up, enthusiasm and awe shining bright in his eyes. “I’m reading the Bible. I just came from a Bible study group where I gave my life to Christ. The Israelites are on the run but the Egyptian army are right behind them. With nowhere to go, Moses parts the Red Sea!!! Oh man…” But the Atheist, confident of he knew, had news for him. “Scientists have found that at the time, the water was only 3 feet deep.” “3 feet deep?…” Feeling dejected, the young man went back to reading his Bible. Suddenly an even louder “Praise the Lord” was shouted by the young man. “What? What is it?” asked the Atheist startled. “Oh man! God drowned the whole Egyptian army in 3 feet of water!”

  • SideshowJon36

    Everyone seems to demand respect for their beliefs, but no one seems to share that respect. Odd that.

  • 3seven77

    What a puny, puny, little man Ricky Gervais is. Even for an atheist.

  • $7610427

    Ricky…please stop. I think you’re very funny so don’t ruin it for me and make me dislike you. I’m running out of people to entertain me…

    • $7610427

      P.S. Penn Teller is still my favorite atheist, though…

      • TocksNedlog

        Now that ^^^ (intentional or not) is funny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    Let’s contrast Ricky’s droll droning with Pope Francis’ visit to an Italian juvenile detention center to wash and kiss the feet of destitute inmates. I think Ricky needs his bah-bah.

  • prescient11

    A brave atheist Brit. taking on those evil Christians. Bet he doesn’t have shite to say about the muslims taking over his pathetic island. WHERE’S THE HUMOR RICKY?? Or are you too much of a coward to make fun of the Koran. hahahahahahahaha. It’s hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lilo623 Linda Marie Lovison

    The vileness of unbelievers makes me rejoice in the goodness of God. Let’s celebrate our Savior with much joy – He lives!

  • Guest

    Ricky Gervais is my second favorite Easter cartoon. The first is attached below.

  • sqeptiq

    I really don’t get why so many Christians get worked up over atheists saying rude things. If Christians are right about the world to come, you’ll get to gloat over us atheists being tortured in hell for all eternity. Isn’t that enough for you?

    • almarquardt

      We are not to rejoice in evil, but in goodness prevailed. To “gloat” over the eternal damnation of anyone is also evil. Christians don’t (or at least shouldn’t) gloat over other people’s pain and suffering. We are charged to help alleviate that suffering.

      • sqeptiq

        You seem very nice. Are you sure you’re at the right website?

        • almarquardt

          Jesus told us to go where the sinners are 😉

          In all seriousness, I find most of the people here quite friendly, yourself included. Although we’ve disagreed more often than not, your responses have been engaging and never descended into vitriolic personal attacks and name-calling. I appreciate that.

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      Why would we gloat? Would you gloat? It that the extent of your moral fiber? It must be really sad to be you.

      • sqeptiq

        As an atheist, I think death is the end. I certainly don’t believe in external torture for anyone. However, Christians tell me all the time, with great glee, that I’ll roast in hell. But that’s alright because nasty words hurt me not at all. And I suppose these Christians are only following in the footsteps of St Thomas Aquinas, who said that observing the torments of the damned in hell was one of the delights of heaven.

        • sqeptiq

          For “external torture,” read “eternal torture.”

          • TocksNedlog

            For tips on how to edit your posts, hit the “Edit” button.

        • TocksNedlog

          “with great glee,” eh? Sure they do.

    • kilthan

      We don’t want to gloat. That’s the point. We get ‘worked up’ because we see a sick and wounded world, full of sick and wounded people, turning away every opportunity for help that is offered to them. We don’t want to gloat over the fall of anyone, but want to rejoice when they accept the hands offered to help pull them to safety. We have hope and wish to share it with those who have none. It hurts when we see people we care about ignore that hope, because they, for whatever reason, want to cling to darkness and fear, rather than truth and love and hope.

      We’re not going to gloat at the end. We’ll feel loss and weep, until Jesus wipes away the tears.

    • TocksNedlog

      That’s what Christians do? ‘Gloat’ over those that are to be tortured in hell?

    • Catchance

      My own daughter is not a believer. Trust me, the thought of her ‘roasting’ in hell is the very antithesis of gloating, as it is for the majority of Christians. Because we believe in God, we also believe in eternal damnation, and the thought of someone, no matter how horrible he is (ie, Hitler, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein) being consigned there does not bring us pleasure.

  • dunst43

    Can’t wait for the Ramadan rant. What fun!

  • cgraham77

    He can laugh now all he wants, but God won’t be mocked. The inevitable day will come that he WILL be a believer…but hopefully by then, it won’t be from the other side.

  • Alarms & Discursions

    Boldly mocking a peaceful religion while courageously holding his tongue about the religion that would cut his throat. More people in Britain attend mosques than the Church of England.

    • sqeptiq

      Christians don’t have to be peaceful. They could use violence against atheists, as indeed Christians used to. But today’s Christians don’t have the balls. No sense in faulting atheists for your own wimpiness.

      • TocksNedlog

        Act growing thiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnn.

  • Guest

    Gervais is a pathetic, talentless dwarf, on the downside of an unspectacular “career”.

  • Andy Rigo

    Let’s see. On our side: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, G.K. Chesteron. Their side: Ricky Gervais. Yeah, I think I’m sticking with our side when it comes to intellect.

    • strega2012

      Ayn Rand, Sartre, George Bernard Shaw?

      • Brian

        On our side: Douglas Adams, Carl Sagan, Thomas Paine, Simone de Beauvoir, Bertrand Russell, Brian Cox, Frank Zappa. On your side: William Lane Craig and Victoria Jackson. Cherry-picking is fun!

  • Andy Rigo

    I don’t take anything seriously from a grown man who still calls himself, “Ricky.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

      To be fair my best friend is named Ricky, it is not short for Richard, his birth certificate says “Ricky.”

    • TocksNedlog

      Who says he’s a grown man?

  • $48245650

    OH MY GOD HE SAID “SEX”

  • n4cerinc

    We’ll anxiously await his witty tweet for the month of Ramadan.

  • LibLieExposer

    I wonder how Rickey Gayvais feels about dead ped Michael Jackson getting kids drunk on “Jesus Juice”

  • Randy W

    Why do atheists think faith is easy, or that the faithful don’t struggle with God every day? Blind faith is something liberals do when they worship celebrities and politicians.

  • Randall Hodge

    This moment of bitter anger, masked as madcap Easter “humour,” will cost him fans.

  • AlmaAlma

    Herod, in Jesus Christ Superstar was a bit of a Comedian too.

  • GaryTheBrave

    “Teenagers are God’s way of demonstrating to parents what it feels like to have someone deny you exist.” – Comedian Robert G. Lee

  • Jim

    Can you imagine if a Christian celebrity burned up his Twitter feed day and night smugly insulting nonbelievers? He’d be lambasted as an insufferable douche by Christians and non-Christians alike. Yet this ugly troll gets a pass.

  • notenoughtime

    Oh, Ricky! In the time of true trouble, the first person you will call out for will be a higher power. But until then, we will pray for you!

  • kenai

    As another poster said, let’s hear some humor at the expense of Mohammad. The really humorous part will come later with the tape of some guy wearing a nightshirt removing Ricky’s head with a rusty butcher knife. Go for it Ricky, give us some lulz.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    I’m sure Ricky is VERY UPSET at having to face all this righteous criticism from anonymous internet commenters. Oh, well. He still got his $80M net worth to comfort him.

    • TocksNedlog

      He who burns in Hell with the most toys wins!!!

  • Phil

    “Therefore, I tell you that people will be forgiven for every sin and insult to God. But insulting the Holy Spirit won’t be forgiven.” http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+12%3A31&version=CEB

  • $29520529

    How sad for Ricky (what is he still 10? Still sticking with Ricky?) anyway, reminds me of the true story of a homeless man who was upset that he had to listen to a sermon before he was fed. He went to the director of the mission and complained that as an atheist he had to hear about God before his meal. The director agreed with him and offered to drive him to the nearest “atheist mission” where he could find food and a warm place to stay. Unfortunately she informed him, there isn’t one.

  • frankkster

    What fascinates me about Ricky Gervais is he once made an important decision as a child and never revisited it. That inspired me to write this essay: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-69

    • Brian

      What fascinates me is your response to the person who said they decided Jesus was real at the age of 12. You were all supportive of that. Nice double standard, Frank.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.boettcher.94 Jason Boettcher

    Do these celebrities realize how many fans they lose when they run their mouths? I use to love me some Ricky Gervais, but his atheism is so in your face. You don’t have to make fun of people & call them stupid because they don’t agree with you.