Internet Goosing the Antithesis

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Answers in Fear Mongering

Today I stopped by Answers in Genesis, a Christian creationist website. Their main banner/graphic immediately caught my attention. It is a disturbing black and white image of a man in a wife beater shirt, holding a revolver at the camera. The camera's focus is deliberately set to focus on the gun and blur the man holding it. This of course makes the revolver display quite prominently in the foreground.

The caption to the AiG image says, "If you don't matter to God, you don't matter to anyone."

Emphasis theirs.

AiG is clearly using fear mongering tactics to try to scare people into believing the Bible and having faith in Jesus Christ. So much for the Christian claims that Hell and/or punishment is not a prime motivator in accepting the Lord.

This is immoral, anti-human, and anti-life fear mongering. These Christians are projecting their fears and insecurities onto others. But one must wonder, are they really that stupid? Did some Christian marketing or art director seriously think to himself that making a revolver advertisement that belongs on the cover of a gang-banger movie will somehow do great things for the Christian image?

These people don't seem to know how they come off. Worshipping a torture device is good to them. Christians actually consider the wanton destruction of the allegedly most innocent being ever to exist to be the greatest event to ever occur in the history of man! Holy shit, are these people backwards.

Looks like we all have to convert to Christianity now, or else some gang-banger is going to cap our asses because we don't matter to his God. Yeah right.

Fuck you, Answers in Genesis. Fuck your veiled threats. And most importantly, fuck your sadistic, incestuous, and death-obsessed Bible.

So without further ado, here is a screen shot of AiG's efforts to spread the love of Christ:

Jesus loves revolvers!

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At 10/03/2006 2:17 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Yikes. It's actually a little worse than you describe, Aaron. If you click on the link, you see a short video that clearly shows the person holding the gun is not a man, but a young boy, maybe 12 years old.

And I think that atheists refute their message everyday by expressing our values. My friends matter to me, even though I don't believe in a god. My family matters to me, even though I don't believe in a god. My life matters to me, even though I don't believe in a god.

I think it's incredible that this kind of message is being promoted by Christians, but what's more telling is what this says about Christianity. Namely, that the only reason anyone matters to them is because they think that a god is making them matter. What's implicit in this mindset should be obvious- the boy in the video, pointing a gun at you is not an atheist like us, he's a Christian who just found out that his god doesn't exist.

This is a huge indictment of Christian morality- if the only thing keeping Christians from drawing firearms on us is their belief in an invisible friend, it's not a positive reflection on their morality.

At 10/03/2006 3:42 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Good observation Zach! I didnt actually click on the link to see the video at first, but now that I saw the video thanks to you, I definitely agree that it's even worse than I initially thought!

And logically, their statement doesnt seem to make sense. It seems to imply that unless you are saved by God (unless God cares about you), then no human will think twice about blowing your head off.

What does that video imply???? It implies, "Hey, you're not loved by God, so I am gonna blow your head off."

But I think that you said it better, Zach:

"What's implicit in this mindset should be obvious- the boy in the video, pointing a gun at you is not an atheist like us, he's a Christian who just found out that his god doesn't exist."

One little irony about this AiG video is that it is a bit more honest and revealing about the Christian mindset than I think they intended it to be.

At 10/03/2006 5:45 PM, Blogger Bill declaimed...

I clicked through their links related to the quite shocking banner. It's all about how teaching evolution promotes school violence, because evolution reduces meaning in our life. There's some stuff in there like our nation should accept the Bible as true literally, if we want to create a moral society. Odd indeed. Read something on one of the other atheist blogs, that showed a correlation of crime in society to the number of people who believe in evolution. It was a substantial negative correlation, severely debunking AiG's idea of what drives a moral society.

At 10/03/2006 7:35 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...


Thanx for the info! Sadly, Ken Ham never let facts stand in the way of his convictions.

At 10/03/2006 7:52 PM, Blogger Bill declaimed...

Well, I think the recent Amish school shooting is what prompted the banner for AiG. I don't know how a site dedicated to debunking evolution can use tragic events like this to promote their cause. I understand that people want to hang on to a higher meaning to life than they think they can get out of a natural life. But, they would rather ignore the truth to do it.

I haven't fully formed my opinion well enough to write a strong topic about it, however I feel life is more genuine if looked at from the viewpoint of reality. Cases for heaven and eternal life, may seem grand from a glancing perspective, but behind it all, it cheapens the life we are living now in favor of an unrecognizable perfection that is little more than childs play. It's fun to imagine a perfect world, but it's alot more important to focus on making this world more like this perfect world we imagine.

At 10/04/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Francisco Rodriguez declaimed...

"If you don't matter to God, you don't matter to anyone."
I matter to myself, case closed.

At 10/04/2006 5:26 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

If you don't matter to Peter Pan, you don't matter to anyone.

At 10/04/2006 6:19 PM, Blogger olly declaimed...

"Fuck L. Ron Hubbard, and Fuck all his clones, Fuck all these gun-toting hip ganster wannabe's..."

Maynard could have just as easily written it: "Fuck all these fundy's and Fuck all their prose, Fuck all these bible-toting god's army wannabe's..."


At 10/04/2006 7:44 PM, Blogger sinned34 declaimed...

"If you don't matter to God, your mommy doesn't love you anymore..."

At 10/04/2006 7:54 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Hell yea Olly!

When I saw TOOL last month, and at Coachella in early summer, they rocked Aenima of course.

But at those two shows Maynard said "Fuck Rupert Murdoch and fuck all his clones..."

It was sweet :)

At 10/04/2006 8:58 PM, Blogger BlackSun declaimed...

The Christian memeplex has never been and never will be about truth, consistency, or morality. It's about results (theirs), power, manipulation, and fear.

We have to take this for what it is, a direct onslaught. I'm getting tired of this shit. How will we non-theists respond?

It's marketing. Pure and simple. With proper marketing, you can sell ice to Eskimos. The only way we will stem this tide is to become as shrewd, well-funded, and dedicated as they are. We may be smarter, but we just don't have the strength in numbers or (myself included) try hard enough.

It's depressing.

At 10/10/2006 10:07 PM, Blogger IrishYankee declaimed...

In actuality, the first ten or eleven minutes of this video is like the greatest atheistic video ever! it is awesome, the last 40 or so minutes is total crap, but the first ten minutes is gold...! lol, but really, it is!


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