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m i s c
I was once a Evangelical Christian. I did the whole laying on of hands, speaking in tongues and general spouting of hate. Of course I didn't realize that is what I was doing. I thought what I was doing was spreading love. I consider myself blessed that I was able to break free of the bondage of religion and can now express my true self.
A great man once said, "You must be the change that you want to see in the world." I hope to change every day.
A reason for it
There is a reason that there is no imitation of a fundy so ridiculous that someone won't take it seriously. There is nothing so ridiculous that some fundy won't believe it.
Since I have also seen a YouTube video where a fundy was making the same argument and was doing it seriously, then the quote still stands. Whether the original poster was serious or not makes no difference, since there are people that believe it and are repeating it.
Personally, I think I was a nice guy as a Christian. I think I'm a nice guy now too. This comic is being created for two purposes.
1. To encourage people to think for themselves.
2. To make people laugh.
I know for a fact that I am accomplishing the second purpose, many people have told me so. As for the first purpose, I can only hope.
At any rate, thank you for posting and thank you for explaining the situation with EnemypartyII. She sounds like a very intelligent individual.
Feel free to continue reading this comic. But I must warn you that if you are easily offended by religious satire, some of the upcoming comics may be a bit too much for you.
That is because I am not anti-christian but rather anti-religion. Now, that being said, some upcoming comics are going to be extremely offensive to Christians. The character of Bambi is a cartoonist and she draws a cartoon that includes biblical characters. I will be including some of those cartoons in this strip. They are extremely irreverent.
"A reason for it
There is a reason that there is no imitation of a fundy so ridiculous that someone won't take it seriously. There is nothing so ridiculous that some fundy won't believe it."
No, the reason is that there are those who are too credulous in the face of finding what they'd hoped to find.
"Since I have also seen a YouTube video where a fundy was making the same argument and was doing it seriously, then the quote still stands."
Then attribute it to this mystery youtube fundy. As it stands, you look foolish to any of your audience who uses their open mind and takes the time to track down the quote.
"Personally, I think I was a nice guy as a Christian."
Funny that you described your evangelical self as a "spouter of hate", but, I apologise, I was disappointed and a bit angered at what I found here and I made a hasty assumption.
"1. To encourage people to think for themselves."
Here's where I take issue, again. You see, It's very easy to imagine what this comic would be like if you were still Christian, there's be context-less, unchecked quotes that make atheists look stupid and a character with insufferable smugness would verbally beat up sock puppets.
In fact, that's what Jack Chick does (except with more antisemitism).
"Feel free to continue reading this comic. But I must warn you that if you are easily offended by religious satire"
Satire doesn't offend me, as a white, atheist male I'm as close as anyone to being un offendable.
You're a mature adult with 1st hand understanding of what it was like to be on the other side, but you're writing as if you're just a rebellious teenager.
Understanding is so much more valuable than derision.
While I have to agree that it is a misrepresentation, I have heard this before. You corrected your approach in later comics so the criticism was well taken.
We all learn some blogging lessons in the beginning.
Great Blog and great comic, keep it up.
Your thoughts and blog are a model to a number of us.
Ha ha, lol. That IS really scary, Michael. I'm glad not all people in Christendom believe that. I admit I've met some who might have believed things similar to this.
I perused some of the comments, but didn't read them all. Yeah, I didn't think this was said by a fundamental Christian - at least not one who had a good education - but I agree completely that the statement is wrong no matter who said it.
Got to admit, wish you weren't anti-religion, but that's cool. I think religion can be a good thing when it encourages people to love instead of hate. I admit the wrong kind of religion has definitely lead people to acts of violence and war. I'd like to use my artistic skills some day to educate people about how Jesus according to his teachings would never have approved of these kind of things that have been done in his name through out the centuries (things like the Crusades or the Holocaust if you believe Hitler was somehow Christian), and to also encourage people to love others in general. The same goes for any person or event who might reflect poorly upon Gandhi or other peaceful teachers and religions or trains of thought or groups. Although misrepresentations of Jesus hit home with me more so, I don't like other people or groups or belief systems being misrepresented by their followers. Which is good, because I don't want to purposely or accidentally misrepresent others either.
Sorry for the length, I prattle off a lot.
@Tenka - Yeah, got to admit I don't like Jack Chic tracts. I like some of them when they're not hateful or filled with misinformation, but they're pretty bad. I was actually asked by a Christian Jewish man to draw a new tract for their ministry to replace the one they had commissioned Jack Chic to do (we both thought it was very anti-semitic), but I was intimidated because I thought I wasn't ready. Maybe I should find that person and ask if they're still interested?