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Spread the Word on Atheism


Have you ever wondered what it would be like if atheists went door to door? Well, John Safran gave it a go in Utah of all places, with very amusing results.

18 Responses to “Spread the Word on Atheism”

  1. Great video. Thanks for finding it for us.

  2. 🙂 He’s a sport!

    Might be perpetuating the “angry atheist” stereotype a bit though!

  3. @ James

    Might be perpetuating the “angry atheist” stereotype a bit though!

    Alas, you’re probably right. I thought it was quite intelligent satire, deliberately playing up to the stereotypes they have of us, but I don’t think the people whose doors he knocked on will have realised that.

    I just loved it when he said to that woman, “for instance, did you know that your relatives were monkeys?”.

  4. Haha, that guy hit you w/ a broom! Funny.

    OTOH, I wish you’d stop by my house. I’d invite you in and ask you how you account for reason and logic. It’d be fun. I’d offer you coffee, though, since I’m not a Mormon. Cheers. -Rhology

  5. @ Alan

    I should point out that it isn’t me in the video – it’s just a clip I found on You Tube.

    If you’d like to email me to ask me in more detail how I account for reason and logic, I’d be more than happy to discuss it with you.

  6. Wow, that Alan is everywhere!

    I met the guy in the video… well, actually I walked by him once, when I went to a screening and talkback forum he featured at. He’s all bark and little bite nowadays, great rants. His tv series Safron vs God is must see.

    Religion IS funny.. except in the case of the New Evan Almighty movie that is.

  7. Let me clarify. I saw John Safran Live.. the guy in the video… not Alan Rology. Alan, I seem to bump into all over the internet.

    And you’ve invited him to e-mail you re reason and logic??? Gosh, that’s like inviting a vampire in. They don’t come in unless you invite them, and then there’s the whole bloodsucking and the biting and the ‘Hi, I’m immortal and you’re not, let me suck you into my world’ diologue. Ha…

    He’s an intelligent Christian, but damn… so smarmy and unlikeable sometimes.

  8. I have to admit that Safran’s voice just seems like it would be right for you, too.

    So maybe ALAN made an understandable mistake.

    Anyway, all you Brits look alike to us Americans.

  9. Now, now, Safran’s voice has Seedney written all over it. He’s surely not a Brit. Got to be Australian.

  10. Mothandrust said:

    And you’ve invited him to e-mail you re reason and logic??? Gosh, that’s like inviting a vampire in. They don’t come in unless you invite them, and then there’s the whole bloodsucking and the biting and the ‘Hi, I’m immortal and you’re not, let me suck you into my world’ diologue.

    That’s not how it went down over at ChooseDoubt‘s place…
    And speaking of unlikable…I guess anyone can see who goes around insulting whom in random comboxes.
    Cheers,
    -Rhology

  11. @ Exterminator

    I have to admit that Safran’s voice just seems like it would be right for you, too.

    Safran’s accent is unmistably Australian, not British. Trust a bloody yank to mix them up! Having said that, I can’t, for the life of me, tell the (so called) difference between an American accent and a Canadian accent. So who am I to moan?!😉

  12. Now, I DIDN’T say accent, did I? I said voice, which is independent of accent.

    And we’re supposed to be evidence-gatherers over here in the Atheosphere?

    I must admit that I do have trouble with Aussie-Brit accent distinctions until an Aussie says “thirdeen” or “good on yer, mate,” or uses that “aaaaoooowww” vowel. I also tend to get it if the person pulls out a picture of “the kids” and there are wild koalas in the background.

    HOWEVER, As evidence to support your claim that I made an honest-to-no-god error, you might have pointed to the fact that I said: “all you Brits look alike to us.”

    Just for the record, though: Here in the U.S. of A., we believe that anyone who speaks English but who doesn’t come from North America IS a Brit. Just like anyone who speaks Spanish is a Mexican. And all people from Eastern Asia are Chinese. Even within our own country we can be pretty provincial. I had a friend in New York who came originally from Iowa. He was introduced to a woman at a party who asked where he was born. When he told her, she responded, “That’s funny. Here in New York, we pronounce your state o-HI-o.

    And, by the way, I am NOT a bloody yank. I root for the Mets, thank you, and I do it bloodlessly. Next thing I know, you’ll be calling me a wanker.

  13. @ Exterminator

    Big lol, at everything you said.

    Fair point on the accent/voice thing. My VOICE doesn’t sound like Safran’s either.

    “Wanker” is a special insult that we tend to save for Manchester United fans.

    Oh, and if you’re interested, the Aussies refer to us Brits as “the bloody Poms”.

  14. Sorry to throw more confusion in here, but I thought Safran sounded like a Kiwi…

    In my opinion the New Zealand accent sounds a bit like a cross between Australian and South African. A little nasal, with the Es flattened out to sound like Is. “That volcano in Italy? Mt Itna?”

  15. @ James,

    I have to admit I did pick up a trace of South African, but I didn’t know that was something to look for in a Kiwi accent. I can’t normally tell the New Zealand accent apart from an Australian one.

  16. John is Australian… I married a kiwi, they sound much more annoying than him… no offense…

    Oh and speaking of offense. Did Alan just diss on me? I suppose people could hunt through comboxes, but they won’t find me insulting anyone. Yours is actually one of the very rare christian blogs I visit on a semi-regular basis. I don’t actually find random comboxes to insult Alan in. I think I gave him a serve regarding what I thought of his online mannerisms in mine and his comboxes early on in the year. But I thought forgiveness was your thang?

    Anyway, the vampire comment was not to compare you to their evilness. I was actually saying that debating you would be quite a challenge and to invite you to a debate would be tantamount to initiating a huge undertaking.

  17. John is Australian… I married a kiwi, they sound much more annoying than him… no offense…

    😛

  18. OK, that looks like a smily face to me. I just want to clarify that it’s definitely supposed to be poking its tongue out.

    (And James, we aren’t pronouncing our Es like Is. Everybody else is just dragging their Es out all the time…)


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