Episode 57 – Partial Transcript
by Noah Lugeons and Heath Enwright
(Note: Transcript contains elements that were edited out to fill the time allotted)
Warning: This podcast contains adult language, and you better not tell. And if you do, I will rip the heads off of all your stuffed animals. I swear to god, I will!
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And now, the Scathing Atheist.
It’s March 20th!
And I’m not a breast man, or an ass man … as much as a throat man.
I’m Noah Lugeons
And I’m Heath Enwright and from “Oral Sexy” New York, New York
And “Moral Sexy” Podunk, Georgia, this is the Scathing Atheist.
In this week’s episode,
We learn that explosions above 110th street in Manhattan don’t count as terrorism,
We’ll find a Jewish holiday that doesn’t suck,
And Noah will fuck up the George Hrab interview.
But first, the diatribe…
It seems like me and Russell Crowe’s mom are the only people on the planet looking forward to the new Noah’s Ark movie. And no, it’s not because they named the movie after me.
Look, this is Darren Aronofsky here. We’re talking about a guy whose movies to this point have been about a mathematician, an old lady on diet pills, a grieving biologist, a professional wrestler and a ballerina. And all of them have been epic. I’m guessing he can do something with a antediluvian zookeeper, too.
But clearly I’m in the minority and it seems like hating this movie is one of the few things that religious people and atheists can do together. Everybody seems to have a reason, and the atheist reason is the least stupid, but it’s still stupid.
Christians are mad because the movie isn’t “historically accurate”. I haven’t seen it yet (and neither have they), but if you’re keeping up with the buzz, clearly Aronofsky’s taking plenty of artistic license with the story. I mean… he kind of has to, since the Bible devotes about 2000 words to the Noah story. You can read the whole thing out loud in six minutes. If he’d stayed true to the bible it would’ve been less of a feature film and more of a Vine.
Muslims are pissed about it because Noah’s a prophet and you’re not supposed to depict a prophet because they want to avoid the whole “fuckable Jesus” thing that Son of God touched off. And I should say that I’m being damn liberal with my description of what’s pissing the Muslims off here; since I could just as easily have said, “Muslims are pissed off about it because it’s a thing and they’re Muslims.”
Jews haven’t come out against the movie yet, but as Bill Maher points out, they will when they see the Box Office returns.
So what about atheists? Well, from what I can gather, a bunch of us are pissed off because it’s a movie about Noah’s Ark. I’ve gotten messages from a number of our listeners lamenting the release of this film as yet another hyper-religious cinematic debacle on par with “Passion of Christ”, “Son of God” or “Man of Steel”. “Do we need yet another big-budget, CGI enhanced sermon on the silver screen?”
I’ve surprised a lot of those listeners by telling them that I’ll be watching it on opening night… though I’ll probably have to drive out of town to see it. I’m fired up to see what a brilliant director with a stellar cast and a giant vat of money can do with this fairy tale. And I’m no more bothered by the religiosity of this movie than I am with the religiosity of Wrath of the Titans. Biblical stories should be fable-fodder for film makers.
Look, I have issues with the Judeo-Christian religions, but their mythology is cool. When we can look at Jesus and Satan the same way we look at Odin and Chronos, we’re done. We win. Pop the champagne. And I look at this movie as a step in that direction.
Clearly we’re not there. The fact that Paramount caved to the demands of the blithering Christies and added a disclaimer to the movie against Aronofsky’s will pisses me off to no end. There was no disclaimer apologizing to vikings for the historical inaccuracies in “Thor: The Dark World” and Jesus doesn’t deserve any better.
But when I hear atheists denounce this movie for its religiosity, that strikes me as petty. There might be plenty of great reasons to denounce this flick and I fear I’ll know what they are on March 29th, but Darren Aronofsky, in addition to being one the most visionary directors in a generation, is an atheist. He didn’t make this movie to preach the gospel.
In fact, knowing his penchant for dark, disturbing stories, I’m willing to bet that he made this movie because the source material is the most diabolical story known to humanity.
But I’ve got a guess here, and this is pure speculation so take it with a grain of salt, but I don’t think any Christians are really getting pissed about the (airquote) historical inaccuracies. I think they’ll be okay with the fiery sword and the flaming angels and stuff. What’s really gonna rile them up are the accuracies. If you think about all the horror, destruction and waterlogged corpses that make up the flood myth, this thing could make Requiem for a Dream look like a Disney Movie with an ass to ass dildo scene.
Joining me for headlines tonight is “no longer suspected of racism” Heath Enwright. Heath, how do you feel?
I love black people!!!
Must I now show you the money?
Podcasting is all about the Georges and Abes. In our lead story tonight, from the “Mysterious Ways” file, God fire-bombed an East Harlem church, killing eight people (including five parishioners), yet local Christians remain faithful, because they found an old bible in the rubble. Several Kindle copies were also recovered. So luckily, the rare information isn’t lost forever.
Yeah, New York god does that shit. He’s like, “Yeah, whadda ya gonna do? Three thousand souls in a terrorist attack? Sorry about that, but did you notice the little cross I made in the wreckage?” So I’m just saying there’s precedent.
Let’s ignore – for the moment – the fact that religious people exhibit the psychoses of domestic abuse victims … I won’t even mention that … Instead, let’s try to figure out what it means that several large, glass dildos were also found in the wreckage, completely intact. Could this be evidence that a second coming is imminent?!? Finish times are near???
God kills 8 in NYC explosion, saves bible: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/decades-old-bible-east-harlem-church-survives-blast-article-1.1723125
And in “Edited to fill the Space Time Odyssey Allotted” news, an Oklahoma Fox affiliate is facing criticism over some impromptu local editing to the Cosmos remake. In episode one of the new series, my second favorite living astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson took a minute to talk about evolution, but you wouldn’t know it if you were watching KOKH Fox 25, as the station chose to accidentally interrupt this moment of the show with a promo for a news story about a professional redneck killing things with a bow.
How do you censor a science program about evolution?!? Blur out the beaks of the finches?!?
Oklahoma viewers say the second episode, which was all about evolution, was free of interruption, though many of them criticized the show for spending too little time on biological diversity and too much time on Shirley Temple hanging out with her curmudgeonly grandfather in the Swiss Alps.
OK Fox affiliate cuts references to evolution from Cosmos Broadcast: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/oklahoma-station-cut-cosmos-evolution-video_n_4958024.html?&ir=Religion&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000055
And in “Allah Carte Only” news, Saudi cleric Saleh al-Fawzan figured out why Muslims kept going to hell, so he declared a fatwa banning all-you-can-eat buffets. Basically, everything that happens in Vegas … is illegal in Riyadh. And it’s the gambling – not the gluttony – that makes the buffet unkosher. Essentially, the restaurant is betting against the Cool Hand Luke-ability of each patron to eat crazy amounts of buffet food, like – for example – fifty hard-boiled eggs.
I can think of plenty of good reasons to avoid buffets, but the sinful failure to itemize the expenditure doesn’t make my list. Must be nice to live in a country that has all the real problems fixed so they can focus on meaningless bullshit.
Right, it’s not like they’ll be a completely useless desert in 50 years. Anyway, according to Musa Furber – another Muslim scholar who also possesses fatwa powers: (quote) “The Sheikh’s reasoning is that the value and quantity of what is sold should be pre-determined before it is purchased.” (end quote) … But that’s stupid, because “all-you-can-eat” is a pre-determined amount. And … That’s an impossible standard for everyone, not just buffets. How many dead crabs in each bowl of bisque? What’s the milligram weight of a parsley dusting? How many salt grains on a margarita glass?
38,606. Not sure on the parsley or the crabs, though.
One more question … When Saudi royalty hijacks the entire national oil industry to pay for their shitty sober yacht parties … And then makes billions on top of that from sales and trading in the oil market … And then tricks its citizens into being okay with not sharing the enormous profits by running a brain-crushing theocracy … Is that what the Koran intended in their commerce clause?
Saudi cleric declared anti-buffet Fatwa: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/15/buffet-ban-fatwa-saudi-cleric_n_4971190.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
And in “Sub-Zero Wins” news tonight, the followers of Indian Guru Ashutosh Maharaj insist that their leader is in deep meditation despite the fact that he’s both dead and frozen solid. Despite medical confirmation of his death, his followers insist that he’s in a deep form of meditation that traditionally begins with three deep breaths and a massive coronary.
Well these men are nihilists, which is exhausting. Death? Infinite Ice Nap? Are we splitting hairs?
It’s worth noting that there’s probably more to this than stupidity. Apparently there have been accusations that the followers are claiming he’s still alive in an effort to maintain control of property owned by the guru. Which is exactly the plot of Weekend at Bernie’s.
But these guys really thought it out pretty well. If the dead guy just has to sit still inside an ice block and meditate, they don’t have to pull off all the whacky dancing antics. Bad movie, but a good con. It’s like an awful David Blaine trick as an entire movie. It’s a David Blaine show.
Followers insist their dead, frozen guru is “just meditating”: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/03/14/dead-frozen-indian-guru-ashutosh-maharaj-is-just-meditating-followers-insist/
And in “Hanukkah of St. Patrick’s Day” news, Israelis get wasted for Purim, so the National Police carried out raids on kiosks, clubs, and parks last Saturday, to prevent the illegal sale of drugs and alcohol to all the young partygoers that somehow have vices, despite god.
And those Hassidic stoners are hard core. Have you ever seen kosher cocaine? Plus they can’t use fire on the Sabbath so they have to mainline most of their shit. And their needles are curly.
Coincidentally, this holiday finds its Biblical origin in the book of Esther, and it’s therefore a mitzvah to read Esther this time of year. So like it or not, Yahweh owes us one mitvah credit, because we’ll be talking about that very book on next week’s Holy Babble. I’m hoping to save up mitzvah credits, and redeem them for the giant stuffed Moses.
If we pool ours together we might be able to get a plague of locusts… which would be awesome at a revival.
According to a genuine Jewish person, who learned this from a Rabbi … Another part of Purim tradition – beyond drunken debauchery – involves eating a vagina-inpsired cookie called hamentashen. I’m a feminist … Let’s roll with it …
30 seconds on the clock for “Genital-Inspired Holidays and Their Related Foods”
The… what? Alright, that’s hard… you go first.
Yeah it’s a weird one … The hamentashen works better as a tradition for Gash Wednesday …
PuRim Jobs, on the other hand, call for Felch’s Grape Jelly.
Tits-mas – Milk and coochies.
All Taints Day – Drizzlings of Warm Papal Syrup
St. Fat Dick’s Day – No food, of course; but the traditional drinks would be Cocke’s Single Malt or maybe a Pud-weiser.
Yanksgiving – Cans Full of Manberry Sauce
Which immediately precedes Hairy Palm Sunday – Jerked Chicken
Swalloween – And the tradition would be Twizzlers as a felching straw? Jizzlers. (…)
How about the Jewish celebration of Ass-over where they Harvest Pudding from Matzo Balls?
Twinko De Mayo – Cream Filled Hostesses
Vaginese New Year – Twat and Sour Soup
Girth Day – Gapin’ Egg and Cheese
Rama-dangly Bits – But there’s no food because you’re not supposed to swallow.
Israeli police raid drug and alcohol kiosks to curtail Purim partying: http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Police-mark-Purim-with-kiosk-drug-and-youth-drinking-raids-345522
And on that fatwa bait, we’ll close out the headlines for tonight. Heath, thanks as always.
And when we come back, George Hrab will cause me to go all unwittingly fanboy.
Before we blow out the candles tonight I wanted to issue two apologies and a correction. A few weeks ago I declared Dave our most generous donor of all time without realizing that David also donated on the same week which led to a bit of confusion, especially after I played a Farnsworth quote from David who mistakenly thought he was our most generous donor of all time. So I want to apologize to both Dave and David for all the confusion. I also want to apologize to everyone for the confusing apology.
I also wanted to update everyone on the status of the diatribe book. It should still be available on the day this episode is released, though it might not be available until late in the day. It’ll be on e-book retailers across the interwebs and we’ll have all the info on how to purchase your copy on the website so keep up with us there or look for it online “The Scathing Atheist Presents: Diatribes, Volume One; 50 Essays From a Godless Misanthrope”
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Wanna wish a happy birthday to friend of the show Wesley from the Atheist Nomads podcast, who has grown quite adept at orbiting the sun over the years. Happy birthday bro, here’s to many more.
Of course I have to thank Heath for his Occam’s Razor sharp wit, I need to thank Lucinda for opening the show and I need to toss out one more big thanks to the funkiest caucasian from the Caucasus, George Hrab. Once again, you’ll find links to his music, his podcast and more on the shownotes for this episode at Scathing Atheist (dot) com.
Also need to thank Tanner Campbell of the No God Cast Podcast for providing this week’s Farnsworth Quote. He’s doing some really innovative stuff with fundraisers, secular partnerships and community building so I’d strongly encourage you to check out his show, which you’ll also find linked on the shownotes for this episode.
But most of all, of course, we need to thank this week’s best people; Tim, Wesley, April, Kenny, Howard, Steve, David, Shelby, Vinne, Geoff, Cliff, Liam, Jeffrey and Aiden. Tim and Wesley, whose erections are measured on the Mohs Scale; April and Kenny, whose very proximity is considered a performance enhancing drug; Howard and Steve, who kill up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria on contact; David and Shelby, who are so intriguing Waldo looks for them; Vinnie and Geoff, whose orgasms register on seismometers; Cliff and Liam, whose swordsmanship continue to keep the interdimensional invaders at bay; and Jeffrey and Aiden, who are so sexy the very mention of their surnames just made 8% of our audience come.
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