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Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Dennis December 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Who is this Dan? He’s knowlegable and interesting to listen to. What is his website and/or blog? Does he speak at groups? (Sorry, for groups?) 🙂 Where and when? Thanks.

Dennis December 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

Did you see the Bizarro comic in the TNT or PI last Sunday?

I especially like his last year’s Christmas comic. Joseph says, “A flying what?”, to one of the kings holding a reindeer who wants to present it as a gift for baby Jesus.

When I read and looked at this comic, I immediately thought, Ascension is what? And, by extension, Rapture is what? Then, Incarnation is what? A god in a baby? A baby god? So, I am an unbeliever. I don’t believe in flying reindeer, flying people, Santa Claus, or a god in a human being.

I’m not sure what to think about this year’s comic. Merry, holding the swaddled baby Jesus away from him, says to Santa, “Who are you & why in god’s name would we want his picture with you?”

Fundamentalists might like it because they don’t believe that the fantasy, Santa Clause, should be mixed with the religious, Jesus the Christ. But, having been brought up in church, many years ago I saw the Christmas tree introduced to be displayed on the platform, opposite the Christian flag on the other side.

And earlier this month, I went to a Christmas dinner that was open to the community at a Nazarene church, at which they had hired a Santa Clause with whom children could have their picture taken by their parents.

But then, Jack is a grinch, because last year the lady managers of a local Jack in the Box put up a Christmas tree with a white picket fence around it with gift wrapped boxes under it. Nothing religious. No nativity. Just pretty decoration. But, corporate headquarters told them to take it down. This year, a bare corner.

So, this year’s cartoon could be saying that Christian Churches are hypocritical. They teach the fables of Jesus, but at the same time accept the mythical Santa. They are also influenced and changed by culture. It could also be saying that the story of Jesus is as fantasy and imaginary as the story of Santa.

Last year I wondered if Dan Piraro, the creator of Bizarro, was an atheist, by the nature of his cartoon. This year I looked him up on the internet. Here are links to those cartoons with his blogging about his, “own kind”.

both years –

last year’s and a cavalcade –

Happy New Year

Scot Bastian December 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Master Nashwan is very disappointed and confused that the world didn’t end.


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