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U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to 'De-Baptize'

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posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:07 PM
reply to post by Annee

i watch pretty much everything except porn and horror. if the show has horror elements but is scifi (example: ALIENS), i might watch it. depends really, but i realllllllllllllllllllllllllly don't like the news. it's so flippin' negative. ohmygosh. and it use to be (before "fox news") that there was no conservative news programs. they all favored the democratic nominee and spent most of their time airing news spots about crazy "christians" blowing up abortion clinics, muslims blowing up olympics meetings, black people killing each other and republicans breaking the law.

afterwhile, conservatives and moderates, got fed up and quit watching altogether. this song kinda gives you an idea of how people were thinking back then

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:09 PM

Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
So, seems this has been happening for some time.

Clearly, the ones performing this ceremony find it hilarious.

It really does seem a bit satirical and something they're just doing for fun.

I don't see any organized campaign to push this on anyone.

Some people really need to just lighten up.

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:10 PM

Originally posted by Skyfloating
Atheists like taking something that is sacred and special to others and desecrating it. Pissing on the church lawn, spraying graffitti on religious statues, putting a quran into a toilet, turning baptism into a joke - whatever can be done to belittle others beliefs, their infantile minds are willing.

Im not religious at all but I have the greatest respect toward people practicing their Religion and wouldnt dare mock their rituals.

Wow bigoted much?

You've taken a few people with a hairdryer and thusly exclaimed that atheist like pissing on church lawns, graffiti statues, putting qurans in toilets etc etc etc....

There was an atheist billboard up the other day, it wasn't offensive or anything, and a bunch of christians went and vandalised it.... your outrage is..... nowhere

They even put the story on fox news while nicely adding no wrongdoing of the vandalisers. Bias it is

You don't mock the niqab? You think that this is respectable?

Beheadings as a ritual... perhaps witch trials? Are these things respectable? Should we stand up and say let them do as they please, and condemn those who mock it?

But then where do we draw the line? Should it be wrong to mock someone for believing in Elvis? What if a grown man thinks santa claus is real, should we all tip toe around him so that he may feel confident and proud in his convictions?

The Ugandans want a complete genocide against the homosexuals, should those who express in whatever way they choose to do, that this is wrong be condemned, maybe silenced or told to stop whatever their doing that might "hurt the feelings" of the preachers of hate?

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:13 PM
reply to post by C09JayLT

theories, then. but are you sure i said ideas
and not ideals?

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:13 PM

Originally posted by undo
reply to post by Annee

i watch pretty much everything except horror.

Now this we can agree on.

I LOVE good Sci-Fi. To me good Sci-Fi has to be plausible.

I don't like stupid or shock value. I LOVE a good possible/probably plausible story.


FOX news? It used to be my station - mostly because they had the best camera work.

Until it got Stupid. So Stupid - - it was not watchable any more.

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:17 PM
This is awesome. I should go buy a hair dryer right now and get to work! Also really funny. Screw the oppressors. (that's you religious nuts)

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:18 PM
reply to post by undo

The same point holds true. There are no "atheist ideals" or atheist theories. There's only one. A disbelief in God. That's it. Any other commonality between one atheist to another is just like any other two people who agree on something.

[edit on 7/18/2010 by Benevolent Heretic]

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:20 PM
lol, the great reactions keep adding up.

It's just making a mockery of christian baptism. Satire. Irony etc. They generally state at the start that the ceremony has as much meaning as a baptism - none. And from what I've seen and heard, all done in a light-hearted way.

Although The Hair-Dryer of Reason is kept in the golden Darwinius box which was blessed by The Prophet D-wkins.

If you want to go a bit deeper, it does seem to be mostly an American thing. A few people in the UK have attempted to be officially debaptised - one achieved this (had their name taken off church records). Given that many atheists grow in excessively christian communities in the US which, for many, is often associated with some bitterness and damage - it's simply one way to bite back.

I actually think it's a bit puerile. But, hey, I was raised in a non-religious family in a barely religious community (UK), so it's hard for me to really criticise them.

It appears to hit the spot somewhat, though.

[edit on 18-7-2010 by melatonin]

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:21 PM
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic

i suspect that baptisim has many meanings, some of which may also be historical and not simply "religious", as my research of ancient texts found a nice little cookie crumb trail related to sacred bathing rituals, sacred pools, sacred water receptacles and enki's emergence from the abzu (the abyss). (see solomon's temple, apsu, same symbol). all connected from the way back. and kinda fits into the science theory that life first emerged from the sea (in which the abzu resided).

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:25 PM
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic

i know, it's more about what is and isn't acceptable scientifically and socially, although i'm sure there are variations in that as well, the variants are strained due to the exclusion of the " gods. "

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:26 PM
reply to post by pirhanna

define religious nut, thanks

(this should prove interesting)

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:28 PM

I wish they made a video like that but about Baptism

Honestly using a hair dryer is as stupid as religious people using.... I don't know holy water and holy chanting

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:32 PM

Originally posted by melatonin
A few people in the UK have attempted to be officially debaptised - one achieved this (had their name taken off church records).

I had my name officially removed from church records for political reasons.

If you do not officially remove your name - - the church still counts you.

Kind of like a "how many official Christians are there census".

I support ZERO religion in government. I want that "official count" as low as it can be.

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:35 PM
I always knew Atheism was a religion of its own, but this is a new step for them. To actually develop ritual and incorporate it into their belief (of anti-belief or faith in deity-nonexistence) is what so many of them argue against in religion/spirituality.

Perhaps they will soon have high priests or an official holiday. Good for them.

[edit on 18-7-2010 by Wolf321]

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:40 PM
reply to post by ModernAcademia

well now, that was interesting. it's always fascinating to see what other people get out of a bible reading.

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:42 PM

Originally posted by pirhanna
Screw the oppressors. (that's you religious nuts)

i'm religious, not a nut and not an oppressor. i expect you to use your experience with oppression, to learn not to oppress others. can you do that or are you thinking that more of the same is gonna fix things?

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:56 PM
reply to post by ModernAcademia

There's tons wrong with that video.

There was nothing about Eve having sex with Her son that I saw, Deut 22:13 does not ok rape. The woman has to accept several rules. If she says no, or wants freedom, she gets it. GEN 20 shows they were half siblings. So its not really incense 100%. Also, it was not abnormal to have many wives back then. It was for survival, considering anyone not in some camp was bound to be raped by highwaymen.

Please read before you assume.

We also do not really know how many adams or eves there were. There is mention of Adam and his wife, then Eve and her husband. But they phrase "adam and eve" do not show up until quit some time later.

[edit on 18-7-2010 by Gorman91]

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:56 PM

Originally posted by ~Lucidity
reply to post by thisguyrighthere

They're making fun of people who believe. Are you trying to imply that atheists have rituals?

What I find strange is how the article implies that atheists have a leader... Now that's comedy!

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 03:59 PM

Originally posted by airspoonCould you imagine if everytime someone masterbated or looked at porn, they gouge their own eye out?

Why, yes, I can imagine just such a world. The first artificial body part invented would have been the artificial eyeball. At least half of the world this very moment would be walking around with a fully functional, realistic looking fake eye...or two.

Re the hairdryer "de-baptizing". Whatever.

This thread reminds me of growing up and why we were cautioned not to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table. Ends up with weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For too many years now, decades actually, the world has lost its sense of humor. PC originally was self-deprecating humor, until some humorless dolt took it up as a banner in a crusade to bash those with whom he disagreed.

It seems as the world turned more religiously fundamental, humor was banished, as if an attribute of God was a lack of a sense of humor.

God help us, when atheists lose a sense of humor! There's nothing more reprehensible than a sour dour fundamentalist of any stripe.

Hairdryer to de-Baptize! .....
At the rate the world is going humorless, maybe 2012 is really the year we divest humanity of any joie de vivre left, and sink into the morass of always taking ourselves too seriously. Maybe then God finally gives up and starts another Universe.

posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 04:00 PM
reply to post by Gorman91

and i make a case that "adam" is a plural word on the same etymological principle as "elohim" and "seraphim" and etc. if it ended in an M it was plural.

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