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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The War on Easter

Report from the frontlines...

Brian Flemming, director of the documentary "The God Who Wasn't There," in conjunction with the Rational Response Squad, has launched the first assault against Christianity in the War on Easter.

From the press release:
Hollywood -- April 11, 2006. Declaring War on Easter, Beyond Belief Media has launched a preemptive attack on the Christian holiday, the company announced today. "Operation Easter Sanity" has already begun.

Using its documentary THE GOD WHO WASN'T THERE as the chief weapon, Beyond Belief Media is covertly planting DVDs of the film in churches throughout the United States. The popular movie, currently ranked #1 on Amazon.com's independent documentaries list, is critical of the irrational beliefs of Christians and asserts that Jesus Christ did not exist.

A total of 666 DVDs will be hidden like "Easter eggs" in sanctuaries, church yards and other holy areas by Beyond Belief Media's national team of volunteers. The DVDs will be slipped into hymnals and other locations where they are likely to be discovered by unsuspecting worshippers.

Flyers explaining the will be planted by undercover operatives among actual Easter eggs at churches holding egg hunts on Easter Sunday.

"People go to churches to hide from the truth," explained Beyond Belief Media president Brian Flemming, a former Christian fundamentalist. "At no time is this more apparent than Easter, when Christians get together to convince each other that a man died, stayed dead three days, rose from the dead and then flew into the air above the clouds.

"Our nonviolent campaign sends the message that nowhere in the country is safe from the truth. Wherever Christian leaders are indoctrinating children with 2000-year-old fairy tales, the truth may just find its way there.

"Our 'War on Easter' is of course completely without violence of any kind. Christians believe that beating a man to a pulp and nailing him to a cross somehow solves all the world's problems. Beyond Belief Media does not."

More details as well as "battle reports" from field operatives are available at: http://www.waroneaster.org
Onward Atheist Soldiers!

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15 Comments:

At 4/11/2006 12:43 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Fuck yea!!!!!!!

 
At 4/11/2006 2:55 PM, Blogger SuperFiancee declaimed...

Your War on Easter link isn't working.

 
At 4/11/2006 3:09 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Yeah, it appears that the website is down. But don't let that stop the battle!

 
At 4/11/2006 3:17 PM, Blogger Steve declaimed...

Beyond Belief Media is the new Justice League, with superheroes who fight againt the tyranny of that infamous dynamic duo, Colonel God and Captain Jesus.

 
At 4/11/2006 3:37 PM, Blogger Cassandra declaimed...

I think that this is the first time I've been to this site. I came here through Technorati searching for the War on Easter. I'm trying to figure out what happened to their site. Damn it.
Well, I struck here in Ohio!! :-) (shameless plug)

 
At 4/11/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

Go team!

 
At 4/11/2006 8:34 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

Yea, and their chocolate bunnies shall fall before us!

And Steve? That's the "Triumverate of Terror(r)."

General Deity, Captain Christ, and Sargent Spook!

 
At 4/11/2006 10:04 PM, Blogger Damian, the Left-Hand Player declaimed...

A fine idea, but I can't dislike a holiday after which chocolate becomes available for lowered prices.

 
At 4/12/2006 10:17 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Just to let everyone know, the website is back and running.

 
At 4/13/2006 1:29 AM, Blogger Pavielle declaimed...

uhhh.. thats stupid. Ecspecially the whole 666 thing. Christians do have minds ya know. So they will get this DVD or video or whatever it is right? Then (At least this is what I would do) I would go online and find out about it. I would then see who placed it there and learn about its purpose. If other Christians do this (Which they probably will) some will probably look at it (The really over the top ones) and be like, "It is an evil ploy of Satan! See the 666!" and throw it away. Others will probably get it and throw it away without watching it. And then some will watch it and laugh. You should know guys, that regardless of the arguments you put foreward, non can change the qaulity of a true Christians faith. A few might be changed to an atheist, but then I would question whether or not they were Christian to begin with. You guys are just wasting money, time, and effort.

Also, what is the point? People operate on an emotional level. Let's see... Have any of you ever read, "Life of Pi." Excellent book, I just finished reading it. The whole theme of the book is that becuase the absolute truth is actually irrelevant (We exist regardless of our beliefs; natural laws are in place; etc.) and will never totally be known, you should just choose the perspective that works best to enhance your spirituality. Now, as a Christian, I think this is hogwash. But you, as atheists might be able to appreciate it. So from a secular perspective, why not let people choose what they think is the best story? The writer of Pi was an atheist before he wrote the novel and a theist at the end. He had no reason to support this change in belief other than he thought the existence of a God made a better story.

That aside... I find it sobering that none of you seem to be able to muster any respect for Christianity. Regardless of your own belifs, calling the central icons of the Christian faith names is not exactly going to make most Christians role over and wonder if maybe you are right. You scorn the love that Chrisitans talk about but you yourself seem to have very little of it. Do you approach Christians with love or contempt? How you approach them will make a huge difference at how they look at you. Who knows, if you try being nice some of them might actually listen to you. Calling them scum (Hehem, Fracnois) and such won't help.

Anyway, in conclusion: I got a good laugh from The Battle on Easter and consequently recieved some much needed stress releif. So in the end, it was good for at least one thing.

By the way Francois, I thought I would let you know: I am coming to visit you in Canada next week with my orchestra! Hehe! The "idiotic Christian scum" is entering your country! Get ready for the "godboy."

Oh my gosh, you guys never cease to make me laugh.... really hard. :) I told my friends about you too and they laughed also (Even my atheist friends). I'm giving them your site. We make jokes. For example, whenever anyone says anything that is meant to be insulting but just kind of dumb we all say, "Oops, you pulled a Francois!"

Oh dear, now I am rambling, but I though I would let you know how much I appreciate the entertainment you guys provide! Seriously, I am not even kidding! ;)

 
At 4/13/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Pavielle-

Surely you don't think Jesus was advocating Christians to waste their time, money, and effort when he told this story:

And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear."

The point of this exercise is to get Christians to ask questions that they otherwise wouldn't ask. I don't think anyone is entertaining the notion that each DVD watched equals another deconverted Christian. The best-case scenario is for someone like you to watch the DVD, realize that there are some unanswered questions about Christianity, do some research to find out that in fact Christianity was not divinely inspired, and then visit us here at GTA to learn how Christianity is immoral. If you still want to cling to Christianity at that point, fine, as long as you don't harbor any illusions that you're accepting Christianity either because of historical veracity or moral superiority.

By the way, if you haven't actually seen the movie, contact me by email and I'll be happy to send a copy out your way.

 
At 4/13/2006 2:58 PM, Blogger Pavielle declaimed...

No thanks. I have read your site. I know what you are about and I don't buy it.

 
At 4/14/2006 12:28 AM, Blogger Pavielle declaimed...

Actually... I was recalling a movie that a saw a long time ago. It was called Judgement. In it, secular society legally chraged Christians whith hatred of humanity and then put god on trial. When I wathced I couldn't help but laugh and think it was a little far out. Yeah, people don't agree with Christianity. They don't have to and shouldn't have to. But geez, that.... nah!

But now I am wondering... Did they by any chance base it off of you? There are so many similarities.

Anyway, I figured out something else about you guys (And it pains me to say this): You are so immoral you stink! Not becuase you are atheist. I have many atheist friends who are more moral than Christians. From what I can tell, you are all out for yourselves. Elitist Francois? Dear Lord. Come to the US. You might get along with some of our politicians. You think that opression, selfish pride, and cawardliness are worth glorifying. But when it comes to selfless love for others, you laugh. I feel sorry for you. Now I see why you think Christianity is immoral! From your perspective (Which I am guessing is a blend of nihilism and humanism) Christianity would totally be immoral. But now that I understand that, then let me explain this:

I wouldn't care if there was somehow 100% proof against Christianity. If abondoning meant I would become like you, I would continue to practice it.

Your ideas are disgusting! Is rape okay? If the Bible is TOTALLY wrong as you say, then rape is right. So is murder, adultery, lying, stealing, murder.... Where do guys draw the line? After al lthere is no justification for not acting in this way!

When I first entered this site, I had some respect for you. I was willng to look at your ideas (I examined the site extensively). But the more I saw, the more repulsed I became. The facts didn't bother me. But the attitudes convinced me that Christianity in fact may be the most moral way and that the people of Christ are the happiest. You are really bad atheist evangalists. Instead of convincing me that Christianity was immoral, you pushed me even further in the other direction.

 
At 4/14/2006 12:28 AM, Blogger Pavielle declaimed...

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At 4/14/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Pavielle-

*sigh*

Don't humor yourself, really. When you say something like, "I wouldn't care if there was somehow 100% proof against Christianity," you've admitted that you're not dealing from a position of rationality or morality. Do you still believe in Santa Claus? I'd guess that believing in him is more fun than not, so does that mean you should still believe in him even though you know he doesn't exist? Arguments from effect just don't work.

Rape, killing, etc.- it's all immoral, of course. The only difference is, I can give a justification for why it's immoral based on objective facts, and you can't. The best you can do is say, "God says so." That's purely arbitrary and subjective. The commands of Christianity may coincide with morality, but they almost never give justification for it.

Let me ask you this: what does the Bible say we should do with homosexuals? I'll give you a hint: it involves lots of big hard objects, thrown at a high velocity. Now tell me that any book that could advocate something like that is a paragon of morality- talk about disgusting!

 

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