Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Is Yahweh a Comic Book Super-villain?

My hat is off to the crew of the Ask An Atheist radio show and podcast, based out of the SeaTac region of Washington state, USA.  On last Sunday's show, they made an absolutely fantastic example of Yahweh's character as described in the Bible.  I'm crediting the Ask An Atheist crew with creating the demonstration, but if it has been used before, I'm not aware of it.

The premise was a simple game.  One host reads a quote, and the other hosts had to guess whether this quote came from Yahweh as written in the Bible, or from a comic book super-villain named Doctor Doom.  You may think it sounds easy, but it was really, really tough.  I couldn't possibly do it justice in text, so listen for yourself here.  The relevant part begins at about 18:35 of the audio.

The point is extremely obvious.  The fictional character of Yahweh is a fucking thug.  It is evil and I am proud to say that I am far superior to it in the morality department, as are probably all of the people reading this.  People who describe Yahweh as "all-loving" or "pure goodness" are deluded and/or plain ignorant.  When one cannot tell the difference between a quote from a super-villain or a quote from an "all-good" deity, something is wrong.

5 comments:

Mike Gillis said...

Hey, thanks for the free plug!

As far as I know, we're the first bunch to use this analogy. I came up with it while writing the episode last week.

It just hit me that Yahweh and Doom have very similar speech patterns and stated goals. However, I didn't expect to find as many good quotes as I did.

Admin said...

Thanks for visiting, Mike! I'm a fan of your show and of you personally.

Anonymous said...

Would you seriously stop the hating? Why is it so that some Atheists have such a great hate against Yahweh or God? I know some friendly Atheists and they don't do that.

Admin said...

"Would you seriously stop the hating?"

No.

"Why is it so that some Atheists have such a great hate against Yahweh or God?"

It's only a fictional character, but it's a monster. I hate it the same way that I hate the villain in Mission Impossible 3.

"I know some friendly Atheists and they don't do that."

Good for you and for them.

Jim said...

"Would you seriously stop the hating?"

People who believe in gods constantly tell me I am going to hell for no believing. Which is more hateful? Me saying your made-up friend is ridiculous, or you attempting to send my "soul" to an eternity of damnation?

"Why is it so that some Atheists have such a great hate against Yahweh or God?"

Besides the eternal damnation thing, I suppose it would have to do with the constant use of gods to suppress the rights of people. (Marriage equality in the U.S. is a pretty popular movement right now.)

"I know some friendly Atheists and they don't do that."

I know some theists who believe in the superiority of the white race. Who cares who you know?