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Friday, January 05, 2007

Paul Manata: Victim of "Redneck-Retardation"

The year 2006 was a very bad year for the Kristian Kause. Two top dogs at The New Life Church were outed as queers, numerous Catholic Churches filed for bankruptcy, Jesus Camp closed, the Offspring Murder Club had a membership explosion, Kent Hovind got thrown in jail for tax evasion (for the record I think Hovind should be released), and theistic arguments have generally weakened.

Countless other blows were dealt to religion in 2006, including the release of a number of best-selling books written by prominent atheists and scientists, and studies that show that atheism is gaining much popularity in the developed world.

Well, it looks like 2007 will continue that trend. Its only 5 days into the New Year, and low and behold, I see Paul Manata posting in the comments of this very blog. But what struck me was his new profile pic. I have enlarged it for your convenience:

12 gauges of Jesus' love!

Wow. Just, wow. Now to be fair, I don't really know if Paul made this his profile pic in 2006 or in 2007, but either way, its not a good sign. Manata seems to have ditched the sophisticated, presentable-clothing-and-grooming look for a more "traditional" and "Christian" appearance. Namely, that of a shotgun wielding, beer gut displaying, wife beater wearing, piece of redneck white trash.

In the comments section of my last post, Manata had this to say regarding my "25% of Americans are retarded" claim:

Though I don't believe Jesus will return in '07, I think you may be retarded because *if* Jesus returned in 2007 you'd not be "converting" to Christianity but, rather, you'd be judged and shuffled off to the bar-b-q pit, as atheist Edward Tabash says.


Ahhh, yes! The good old threats of Hellfire! Throwing around "you'll burn in Hell" threats never ever ever gets old for white trash rednecks. Indeed, I do not recall Paul threatening me with Hellfire directly before he adopted the shotgun and beer appearance. So it is clear that Manata's talk matches his new walk. In other words, he isn’t faking it.

I responded to him thusly:

Well, I guess if you surround yourself with 'em long enough, you become one of 'em eh?


I almost feel bad for Paul. Almost. But his glee over his fantasizing of me roasting in a non-existent eternal bar-b-q pit prevents me from feeling true pity. Incidentally, promises of eternal suffering in Hell are the lingering taunts of retreating, defeated "retarded" Christians. It reminds me of those various evil nemesis in cartoons who always said things like "I'll get you next time" after being totally defeated and humiliated throughout the episode. And that's what’s happening to Paul's Kristian Klub lately: they are being totally defeated and humiliated.

From the looks of things, 2007 will be an even better year for atheists if Paul's descent into white trashism is any indication (and I think it is). Therefore, I am wholly embracing Paul's newfound cultural identity. I'd like to finish off this post with a personal message to Paul:

Paul, I'm sorry that I didn't get you a Christmas present in 2006. I want to make up for this oversight, so I am fully prepared to ship to you one of the following: a six pack of wife beaters (please specify size), a box of twenty buckshot shells (please specify gauge), or a twelve pack of Keystone (please specify regular or light). Just let me know and I will have it shipped to you via UPS ground. Here's to 2007!

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13 Comments:

At 1/05/2007 11:13 PM, Blogger Bahnsen Burner declaimed...

A most ominous and hauting image, Aaron. I had not seen this until I rolled onto Goose this afternoon... This picture speaks a thousand words. Paul finds it necessary to hide behind sunglasses and a show of force. Perhaps we will be reading about him in the headlines one of these days? After all, he sure does seem anxious to make a name for himself.

Living must be constant gnashing of the teeth for him.

Regards,
Dawson

 
At 1/05/2007 11:26 PM, Blogger Vic declaimed...

KEYSTONE?!

Ouch. You don't just swing, you rub it in, too... blech.

 
At 1/06/2007 1:03 AM, Blogger Paul Manata declaimed...

Thanks for the kind words Aaron.

I took the picture as a joke to send to some friends, I then posted it as my avatar since I thought it funny.

And, I never threatened you with hellfire. I simply pointed out that you were ignoarant of Christian theology to claim that if Jesus returned in '07 you'd become a Christian. My point was that Jesus returns to usher in the final judgment. There'll be no chance to convert after his return. Please try and read more thoroughly, then you might not appear as an ignorant, illiterate redneck.

Now, yes, I do have a shot gun. Since when is owning a home protection device make one a "white trash redneck?"

I also have "wife beaters." Living in the warm So Cal environment I find them useful at times. Does a tank top make one a red neck?

And, I have a 6 pack abdominal section, no beer belly here.

Hope you have a good '07 Aaron. You're doing such a great job for the atheistic kingdom. Hopefully, by your effots, you'll possibly usher in the golden postmillennial age; where theistic belief is a will-o'-the-wisps. Hopefully you'll "save" all of us poor, unfortunate souls from the debilitating effects of theistic belief.

You've scored a knock-out blow for atheism here. I'm sure people will flee to atheism so they can be "cool" like you. No doubt you wear a sweater accompanied by argile socks. You're not a stupid redneck, you're a sophisticated, mature individual. You're the man.

Anyway, keep up the good work. It's good to know that I can sit back, drink my beer, shoot skeet, and not bother with the "polished, intellectual look" when I have people like you making atheism look idiotic, rash, and elitist. Aaron, you're doing a better job at making atheists look stupid than I could ever do.

 
At 1/06/2007 1:44 AM, Blogger Paul Manata declaimed...

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At 1/06/2007 1:45 AM, Blogger Paul Manata declaimed...

Hopefully this helps you classify me even more in the redneck camp.... A beer swilling, shot gun-toting, tattooed red neck!

 
At 1/06/2007 2:57 AM, Blogger Frank Walton declaimed...

Aaron,

You actually think 2006 was a bad year for Christians? Maybe/maybe not. But it doesn't seem likely. After all Ann Coulter's Godless (unlike Sam Harris' LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION and Richard Dawkins' THE GOD DELUSION) actually made #1 in the NY Times Best-Seller List. Furthermore, Bill O'Reilly's rant against secular progressives in Culture Warrior made #1 in NY as well. And of course pansy man Morgan was unable to exclude the 10 commandment from the Dixie County Courthouse.

As for white-trash rednecks. Dude, you have one of your own ilk. Get a life, porno-watcher.

Frank

 
At 1/06/2007 3:57 AM, Blogger Rev. Barking Nonsequitor declaimed...

Hey, didn't he forget to say "God bless you"?

 
At 1/06/2007 5:18 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Thanks for the kind words Aaron.

I took the picture as a joke to send to some friends, I then posted it as my avatar since I thought it funny.

This isnt the first time that you and I have insulted eachother. And this isnt the first time I made fun of a picture of you. Im sorry for being a bit harsh, but honestly this picture did shock considering what I know of you from our previous face to face encounter and prior pics Ive seen of you.

And, I never threatened you with hellfire. I simply pointed out that you were ignoarant of Christian theology to claim that if Jesus returned in '07 you'd become a Christian. My point was that Jesus returns to usher in the final judgment. There'll be no chance to convert after his return. Please try and read more thoroughly, then you might not appear as an ignorant, illiterate redneck.
Your version of Christianity is not the only one. There are many Christians who say that there would be a chance of redemption after Jesus comes back. I dont need to adhere to your version of Christianity to propose hypotheticals.

And yes you did threaten me with hellfire. By the mere assertion that, if Jesus returned in 07, I would certainly be roasting in Hell for all eternity, you essentially condemned me to ultimate punishment in RESPONSE to my professing that I am open to being proven wrong about my rejection of Christianity.
Im not the one who believes -and reminds you that- according to my worldview, ultimate torture will certainly find you if you dont switch over to MY worldview.

Now, yes, I do have a shot gun. Since when is owning a home protection device make one a "white trash redneck?"
And I own an SKS assault rifle, which I take to the range often. I am pro-gun-ownership. Theres nothing wrong with owning a shotgun per se. I would love to buy a Mossberg or Winchester myself.
I also have "wife beaters." Living in the warm So Cal environment I find them useful at times. Does a tank top make one a red neck?
No a wife beater doesnt make one a redneck in itself. I know a few friends who have wife beaters and if they were to wear them in that manner (with nothing over it) I would point and laugh at them too.

And, I have a 6 pack abdominal section, no beer belly here.
Conceded. From what Ive seen of you, you are a physically fit person. But in this picture, it looks different.

It's good to know that I can sit back, drink my beer, shoot skeet, and not bother with the "polished, intellectual look" when I have people like you making atheism look idiotic, rash, and elitist. Aaron, you're doing a better job at making atheists look stupid than I could ever do.

In retrospect, I think the post was a bit harsher than I intended. But at the time, it was quite shocking for me to see the photo. And how was I supposed to know that this was a joke picture? It honestly looked like as if you were sliding downhill or something. Im glad that it was a joke picture though, because honestly Id rather that you dont turn into white trash ;) Plus, due to past experiences, I feel much more comfortable throwing ad hominem at you for a few laughs than other Christians that I know. I mean lets face it, when it comes to ad hominem, youve got all us atheists beat hands down.

 
At 1/06/2007 5:22 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Frank Walton,

Yes, 2006 was a big year for atheists. We finally got a lobbying group in DC, many Christians and Chrristian empires fell/began their fall, etc, plus all the other stuff I mentioned.

Ann's book sold better. Fine. Even with that, I think I can pull up more examples than you can of my respective worldview making progress. In this comment section you only came up with a small few. I can bring up lots more if I dig a little deeper. The stuff I posted about was just off the top of my head.

Christianity is still in the majority in the US, but secularism and atheism in particular are gaining ground and winning battles, and the momentum is increasing, not decreasing. Thank God (LOL) for the internet.

 
At 1/08/2007 10:44 PM, Blogger Paul Manata declaimed...

Well, I hope you like the new look.

Me and the worlds greatest philosopher.

Hope I dressed up to your standards.

However, I find it odd, given your arguments for the axiom of the self, that you have such problems with people who choose to swill beer, carry shotguns, and sport "wife beaters." Seems a wee bit inconsistent. Didn't really picture you as the "conformist" type.

Well, guess I shouldn't be expecting you to live consistently with your worldview, so that's my bad.

cheers,

PM

 
At 1/10/2007 12:21 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Hi Paul,

Cool. I like the new pic! Honestly though, you didn't have to change it for me. I just felt like being an asshole to you for whatever reason I could come up with because you called me retarded. Again, sorry for coming off so strong.

And no, Im not really the conformist type. And I didnt even believe one third of the things I said about you. It was purely a smart ass ad hominem move for the sake of being a dick. I feel a little silly about it now.

In the future, if you nail me with some gratuitous ad hominem, I promise to remember this post that I wrote and take it like a man accordingly.

Again, cool new pic!

 
At 1/11/2007 12:48 AM, Blogger Paul Manata declaimed...

Aaron,

The only reason I used the label "retard" was because of your post.

At any rate, I'll be trying to limit any ad hominem remarks. But, it sure feels good to know that I have a freebe if I need it! :-)

 
At 1/11/2007 5:27 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Although I'm sure there is no correlation whatsoever, I do find it somewhat amusing to note that one of the White Elephant presents at a Christmas party I went to for a Christian group just happened to be a box of shotgun shells.

Of course, I almost wanted to take them home for myself, but...

 

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