Episode 65 Partial Transcript
by Heath Enwright and Noah Lugeons
Note: Transcript contains elements that were removed from the episode due to time constraints
Warning: Lucinda isn’t feeling quite up to recording so this episode won’t even have that typical shred of innocence.
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And now, the Scathing Atheist.
It’s May 15th,
And Johnny Football gets media attention for taking a shit. Imagine if he takes the Browns to the Super Bowl.
I only have so much imagination. I’m Noah Lugeons,
I’m Heath Enwright. And from “A black guy, a Puerto Rican, and Jew walk into a bar” New York, New York,
And “Oh hell no they don’t” Podunk, Georgia, this is the Scathing Atheist.
In this week’s episode,
- We’ll discuss Noah’s rash,
- A Tennessee college will stand up for cousin-fucking,
- And Cash from Atheists on Air will join us for a ReasonCon-versation.
But first, the diatribe.
I get this message on the Scathing Atheist Facebook page the other day. It’s from a Catholic dude who’s going way out of his way to be an asshole politely. The message asks if we support “free speech” on our page, because he would like to politely hop on the page and politely counter some of the arguments that are being made.
Now, this struck me as odd because there’s really no argumentation on our Facebook page. I mean… did he want to dispute the fact that the show notes and transcripts for episode 64 were available? Did he want to refute the fact that we would be interviewing Cash from Atheist on Air this week? Did he want to disagree that I was finally done reading Psalms?
So I responded with an analogy I was proud of; it was one that I thought succinctly made my point in a language he could understand without being rude. I said, “suppose your church put up a Facebook page where you coordinated the bake sale and posted upcoming mixers and stuff. How polite would the atheist that came on the page to dispute the existence of god have to be before you wouldn’t think he was being an asshole?”
I went on to explain the debating religion isn’t really the purpose of our Facebook page. We maintain it to keep our audience up to speed with what’s going on with the show; I use it to share information on atheist events or share new stories that I think our audience will find interesting. That being said, there are no shortage of Facebook pages set up specifically for atheists and theists to debate. I offered a few links and told him to knock himself out.
I even went on to say that he was, of course, perfectly welcome to post anything he wants on our Facebook page, but I warned him that he may not get polite, respectful responses.
I thought it was a good answer. I thought, for some reason, that he might realize that not every atheist venue is designed to engage religious people… some of them are for atheists. But apparently he missed all the words but one. I wrote three paragraphs of explanation, but all he saw was that I used the “a-hole word”.
So rather than engaging me on any of the points I made, he sends a follow up message where he politely psychoanalyzes me and the anger issues that drive me to use naughty words so much. He admitted that sometimes he (and I quote) “uses the F word and regrets it”, but only when he’s really, really angry. So why was I so angry at god?
And if you follow us on Facebook, you may have already seen my response, but if you haven’t, it went a little something like this:
Dear Polite Asshole (except I actually used his name),
I should start off by pointing out that your idiosyncratic aversion to profanity is of absolutely no concern to me. If you strictly use “fuck” as an expression of anger, you’ve obviously overlooked the multifaceted utility of this wonderful syllable. I use the word “fuck” for a variety of reasons and an expression of anger is only one of them. Often I use it because (when you’re not dealing with people who are irrationally prudish) it gives the discussion an air of informality that allows it to be more familial. This is probably not true for most practicing Catholics, but as neither my show nor its ancillary Facebook Page is for practicing Catholics, I am under no obligation to give a shit.
Additionally, I often I use the word “fuck” because it has a vulgar explanatory power that no other word has. If I were to refer to the systematic rape and torture and consequent global cover-up that you financially supported by giving to the Catholic church, for example, I could refer to it as “child molestation” but that has such a clinical feel to it. It fails to have the emotional impact of “child fucking”. When discussing such horrors, I feel obligated to do so in a way that doesn’t sugar coat it.
But it’s true that I also use “fuck” as an expression of anger. When, for example, you hear from a person who has funded a worldwide cabal of child rapists that thinks he deserves an explanation for filthy language on the internet, it is tempting to tell that person to go fuck themselves. Any lesser expression would fail to properly encapsulate the aversion I have to such petty nonsense.
So once more, to any masochistic theist who is listening; you’re an uninvited vegan at a barbecue. Eat some chips and shut the fuck up.
Joining me for headlines tonight is the Rush Limbaugh of good, Heath Enwright. Heath, are you ready for some justified assholery?
Right – I’m a bigot, but for the left.
Annie Hall reference for the win.
In our lead story tonight, in “Goodell Without God” news, despite the best efforts of an allegedly omnipotent being, this year’s NFL draft made the league less Christian, and more openly gay. For many Amyrrhicans, it might as well be soccer at this point.
And for our British listeners, soccer is what we call that sport you guys pretend is hardcore even though you don’t need any padding to play it. And for our Australian listeners, think Australian rules football only it makes sense and Colonel Sanders isn’t there.
This story has two parts: First, we have San Diego State running back Adam Muema, who skipped this year’s scouting combine at the last second because he was (quote) “following God” (end quote). Muema claims God told him that if he skipped the event, he would definitely get drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. Turns out a bunch of players – even Christian ones, oddly enough – did show up for the combine, so he obviously went undrafted.
He must have received his divine instructions out of context.
On the other side of the coin – the tails side I guess – we have former Missouri defensive end (he’s a power bottom) Michael Sam, who is now a St. Louis Ram, and the first openly gay player in the NFL. I especially enjoyed that in the process, Sam made millions of Christians squirm with bigotry when he kissed his boyfriend on national television after being drafted. Many congratulations are in order here …
Most of all to the Rams head office. Because anybody could have drafted him, but only the Packers and Browns would have offered up an easier slate of buttsex jokes. So go Rams.
And congrats for taking a roster spot from Adam Muema, who tweeted about talks with the Rams pre-draft. And most importantly, congrats for ensuring that the first openly gay player is a Rams Defensive End!!! You can’t make this shit up!!! The only way this gets better, is if he moves to the other side of the ball, and learns to play tight end.
And in “Exiting two by two” news tonight, a Christian college in Dayton, Tennessee has lost nearly a quarter of its full-time professors in the last couple of months after the board of trustees insisted on glorifying incest. Faculty at Bryan College…
… were responding to a recent update to the school’s statement of belief, which added an assertion that (quote) “Adam and Eve were historical people that were not created from previously existing lifeforms” (end quote)
“Have we ever observed evidence of Adam or Eve? No. But like I said, they’re not observational people … They’re historical people.”
School president Stephen Livesay insists that these minor “just how seriously do we want to pretend to take this doctrinal horse shit?” type dust ups are common in Christian Colleges, oblivious to the mathematical result of repeatedly losing a quarter of one’s faculty.
How much faculty do they need to study 2 books?!? And you know they skim over Psalms.
Students have joined in the protest by signing petitions, writing letters to the board of trustees and wearing black armbands. Their message is clear, “We want some true stuff sprinkled in with the wacky bullshit we want you to teach us.”
Christian college loses nearly a quarter of it’s professors after insisting on biblical literalism: http://www.timesnews.net/article/9076475/bryan-college-losing-nearly-25-of-faculty-after-adam-and-eve-controversy
And from the “Clergymen in Black” file, Pope Franetarium finally weighed in on whether Catholics should splash Martian space travelers with heaven water, if said aliens sprung to existence, came to Earth, and asked nicely. And yes, they should.
I mean, sure, this sounds silly, but promising to baptize Martians might be the most substantive thing he’s done in his pontificate.
Along with letting atheists apply for Catholic heaven … Apparently the Pope isn’t the first church official to consider hydro-fracking souls on other planets. Vatican scientist Guy Consolmagno made a similar suggestion about baptizing aliens in 2010. But let’s just pump the brakes here … There’s something called “Vatican Scientist”?!? What’s this guy been doing all this time?!?
Here’s my guess. Day one they sit him down and say, “justify transubstantiation with your fancy science words.” Like a Manhattan project of futility there. Bunch of brilliant scientists that didn’t read the fine print on the employment contract.
So here’s a real statement from the Pope: (quote) “If – for example – tomorrow an expedition of Martians came […] Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them … [Just like vaguely racist children paint them] … And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen?” (end quote) … They would bathe those green men, is what would happen! Useless counterfactual parsed! We are Catholicism! Good night Vatican City!
Pope Francis would baptize martians: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/12/pope-francis-aliens_n_5310935.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
And in “What about the Father and the Holy Ghost of Sam?” news tonight, Jesus has forgiven the slightly infamous underachieving serial killer David Berkowitz for murdering the same number of people in his entire serial killing career as die every year from fatigue.
Son of Sam, one one hundredth as dangerous as auto-erotic asphyxiation.
So despite being an unrepentant murderer, and such a crappy one that more that half of his victims survived, Berkowitz was able to exploit the little known loophole in Christianity known as the “we’ll take whoever we can get at this point contingency” and earned his way into Heaven. Me? Still going to hell. Son of Sam? Golden-fucking-ticket. Great theology you guys have going there, by the way.
Just reinforces the terrible message that everyone should be working the Saint Augustine strategy … Which goes something like, “Lord: Grant me chastity and virtue, but not just yet.” Just let me finish this murder spree, and then I promise I’ll get all saved up, right after that.
Berkowitz explained his application of apostolic white-out this week while being denied parole for his feeble little serial killer career. And I’m sorry to keep talking up what a crappy serial killer he is, but I think New Yorkers need to hear this shit. He’s ranked right up there with such well known serial killers as Robert Berdella and some crazy chick that killed her family. And you guys were scared shitless of this dude for a whole year. Seattle’s had seven Son of Sam’s in the last three weeks or something and they aren’t pussing out about it.
It was probably that thug Richard Sherman … And like 6 other guys.
Son of Sam claims Jesus has forgiven him: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/13/son-of-sam_n_5314336.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion
And in “Blue Waffle Ridge” news, school offi- (Google that by the way) School officials at Blue Ridge High School in Greenville, South Carolina decided to censor a painting by senior Tracie Holtzclaw entitled Rape Culture, removing it from the district art exhibition two days prior to the event. The student artist is a victim of rape herself, and says that the piece explores frustration with the reaction of her Christian community, most of whom told her she was probably dressing too slutty.
Well the painting was kind of asking to be force fucked by a passing art patron.
Holtzclaw disputed the decision to remove the piece, and despite playing her permanent rape victim card that trumps everything, still no love … So what’s their problem with Rape Culture?
They seem okay with it when it’s not a painting…
Well, not only did the title have a scary word like ‘culture’, the painting of a topless, tattooed woman has a pre-censor bar painted over what the district assumes would have been a nipular side boob area. And this particular brand of whimsy was a little too nuanced, even for the art historians and museum curators that run the censorship program in Greenville, South Carolina.
Proof that she kind of nailed the whole concept of “art” if you ask me. I don’t know why people think “art” is so hard to define. If it pisses off conservatives in Greenville, South Carolina and it isn’t a black person voting, it’s art.
Seems like at the very least, they could have allowed the piece, but with the word ‘rape’ blacked out. (Or maybe hang a hijab over it.) Or just call it Nonconsensual Attempted Fatherhood Culture that day … Or some other clever title that two offensive atheist assholes could come up with on the spot right now …
So 30 seconds on the clock … “Sexually Explicit Artwork Titles” … GO!!!
I wanna start with the Hymen Pop-Art master Glandy Warhol… hm… something about some soup… in the can… Shit, I pass…
Botticelli’s “Girth of Penis”
Same subject as the “Penis de Milo”… also known as Venus on the half-stock. Cautionary piece on the dangers of repeated handjobs, I think.
With the arms falling off … That’s a highbrow lowbrow reference … Very hard to pull off … What about: “Permanent Scarry Night”?
That one’s by Unmarked Van Gogh, right?
Yeah same guy that did that famous mugshot of himself … “Self-Portrait of a Rapist as a Young Man”
Girl with a Pearl Necklace?
Generous lovers give you the necklace and the earrings … Was she wearing those when we walked into the museum earlier? … What about: “Dogs Playing Poker in the Rear”?
Little too highbrow for me. How about the Arc de Triomphent Ropes of Jism.
Yeah better high brow than right in the eye … Black Snake Mona Lisa … You always notice that bored look in her eyes, no matter where you stand.
Two girls, one fur-lined teacup? …two art history majors laughed out loud just now.
The Procreation of Adam … Touching portrait of the time God fingered his first man.
Should have called it “Adam squealing on the ceiling.”
Art show censorship in South Carolina school: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/10/sc-teens-rpe-culture-artwork-reflecting-her-own-sexual-assault-banned-from-art-exhibit
And finally tonight, from the “Itchy Rash on my SCOTUS” file, Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian reminded everyone this week why the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding official prayers at government meetings is fucking stupid. In the wake of the ruling he called for revisions to the county’s policies to ensure that only Christian prayers would be heard since, of course, his religion is the right one.
Which divergent sect of the right one is he, again? Baptist? Because someone recently told me very confidently that God was a Methodist. And he sounded pretty sure.
Somebody’s full of shit…
At least one of them… maybe both…
In one of earth’s greatest examples to date of not getting it, Bedrosian promised to reject any non-Christian invocation, explaining that (quote) “That does not infringe on their freedom of religion. The truth is you’re trying to infringe on my right, because I don’t believe that.” (end quote). So yes, it is clear from that statement that Al Bedrosian actually thinks that the founders of this nation specifically meant freedom of Al Bedrosian’s religion.
So this was a preemptive strike against people praying for God to convert to Islam? Which he thinks might have worked?
I think you’re giving him a lot of credit when you say “thinks”.
In wake of SCOTUS ruling, Virginia asshole promises Christian-only invocations: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/newsroom/cfi_warns_roanoke_supervisor_of_legal_action_if_christians-only_prayer_poli/
Well, I guess we’ll have to take a break from infringing on Al Bedrosian’s rights because that’s all we’ve got for headlines this week. Heath, thanks as always.
And when we come back, Cash from Atheists On Air will be here to talk about herding cats.
Before we clock out for the night, I wanted to thank everybody who sent my wife well-wishes this week. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you might know that the lovely Lucinda lost 4 ounces the hard way last week when she had her gallbladder removed. She’s recovering nicely and all the love she got from all of you really made her smile when she had no other good reason to. She’d be thanking you herself but she’s still a little dopey so on her behalf and mine, thanks a ton. Too many to mention everybody by name, but specific thanks to Dee, Bill, Suzy, Deb and Vinny. And then nonspecific thanks to a lot of other really awesome people.
That’s all the blasphemy we have for you tonight but we’ll be back in a hundred and sixty eight hours with more. If you can’t wait that long, though, you can catch me on a recent episode of the Quranify Me podcast as well as an upcoming episode of “An American Atheist”, you’ll find a link to the former in this week’s shownotes and link to the latter on our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus accounts as soon as it’s available.
And speaking of awesome podcasts that’ll be linked on this week’s shownotes, another quick thanks to Cash for giving us a bit of his time. If you haven’t checked out Atheists on Air yet, I highly recommend it. Cash is hilarious, he gets great guests and because it’s a newer show, there’s a damn good chance you can chat with his guests live if you call in. Anyway, he’s on blogtalkradio but you can also find him on this week’s shownotes.
And speaking of speaking of awesome podcast that’ll be linked on this week’s shownotes, I also need to thank David from the “My Book of Mormon” podcast for providing this week’s Farnsworth Quote. Basically giving the Book of Mormon the Thomas and the Bible (slash) Quranify Me treatment and doing it in a baritone that damn near makes me come; again, shownotes, links, et cetera.
And at the risk of overthanking this week, I need to thank Heath for keeping the rape jokes classy. I need to thank Lucinda, who should be back to her regular Scathing Atheist duties next week. But most of all I need to thank this week’s best people, Shelly, Chuck13, Lawrence, Jamie, Donovan, Bill, Quinn, Vadim, Vinny, Ken, Jason, and Rizado. Shelly, Chuck13 and Lawrence, who are so quick-witted their neuronal pathways have onramps; Jamie, Donovan and Bill, who are mild mannered by day, but ninja-cidal by night; Quinn, Vadim and Vinny, who saw and conquered before they came, which is better; and Ken, Jason and Rizado, whose erections will be the undoing of the Extenz Hose guy’s patent..
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