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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
    Link: Ricky Gervais On His Religious Beliefs - We should all walk around and try out his flying theory and see what people say. He makes a good point.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:11 am
    I dont get it. Maby I need more coffee.
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    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:15 am
    Good point. Ricky Gervais is funny and clever.:D
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    samidoll Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:16 am
    love it.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:16 am
    Yup.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:17 am
    Atheist are missing something in this debate and it makes sense that they are. These are people that cannot envision the possibility that something greater than themselves exist and therefore they cannot feel the link or bond to a devine being as believers feel they do.

    being a believer does not mean "thinking" God or whatever devine being you believe in is real. Beliving means FEELING, actually feeling, that something is there and it is real and is apart of you.

    some groups call this a transcendental state, which SCIENCE has proven is real as it can be observed on CAT scans. Science has studied people from major religions all over the world and found brain imaging of them to show the same thing occurring in them all brain wise. This doesn`t prove God exist, but it does prove something is happening to make believers feel like there is something there, something Athieist CANNOT experience because they has no ability to think beyond themselves.

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    NoArms5534 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:18 am
    Congratulations atheists! We`re all so proud of you! Now, if there`s no point to anything and it`s all just a big cosmic accident, kindly shut up and stop bothering the rest of us.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:19 am
    I have my own spiritual beliefs and honestly, the last time I felt I needed to prove my beliefs are based on something real was...NEVER.

    Atheism is a religion, not a label anymore. they preach constantly, they recurit, they have their own church centers and they even have a most hated rival religon...

    yep sounds like religon to me!
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    B3N0C1D3 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:20 am
    What
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
    Who the heck is this person?
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    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:26 am
    jamie76:

    Yeah, that trancendental state you`re talking about? Look at the root word. "TRANCE". What you`re saying only indicates that certain individuals` brains are hardwired for religious thought.

    I can`t speak for all atheists, but we don`t believe there`s anything beyond us because there`s been no scientific evidence showing so. Besides, if you KNEW 100% that there never was, nor will there be an afterlife, wouldn`t you want to do and see more in THIS life?
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Proof denies the whole concept of faith.

    Religious people (note I`m using the general term) needn`t prove nor have their views disproved. If someone told me their beliefs and they were different to mine, I wouldn`t try and prove mine right or theirs wrong; I`d respect their beliefs and accept that we had different ones. I might try and persuade them my way but I wouldn`t force it on them if it didn`t work - whether you believe it`s God-given or not, humans have free will and we should always respect that.
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:33 am
    I`ve never really liked Gervais - I think he got a little too much fame a little too fast, and assumes he`s the king of comedy. I saw the Gervais radio show once, and almost any time anyone got anything wrong, he would make them seem like a retard.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:35 am
    jamie76 - I like how you say "people of all faiths have been scientifically shown to experience a feeling when they believe", as if that feeling is somehow persuasive that they are actually experiencing divine intervention. That would either mean
    1) EVERY religion is true since people of all faiths feel it (obviously impossible, since many religions directly contradict one another), or
    2) None are true, and a feeling of wonder is just part of the human condition.

    Plenty of drugs cause similar feelings and emotional states, which will also show up on CAT scans. Having a feeling of something in no way demonstrates that any particular thing caused that feeling.
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:35 am
    "if you KNEW 100% that there never was, nor will there be an afterlife, wouldn`t you want to do and see more in THIS life?"

    If you believe that there is an afterlife and only believers get to see it, wouldn`t you try to persuade others of your point of view? This is what Christians refer to as "saving" someone, because if they don`t believe they don`t get to go.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:37 am
    shneeblefish: would you respect my faith if I told you I believed in leprechauns? Or would you ask me why and try to reason with me?

    Respect is something that should be earned, particularly when it comes to thoughts and ideas.
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    Mattyboy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:40 am
    Just wanted to drop a note in this discussion... I am not sure what I consider myself, seeing as I`m torn between Atheism and Nihilism. And 80% of religious people out there are already beginning to disregard what I`m about to say.

    I just wanted to address jamie76`s point, where he seems to be disregarding (completely) any sort of experience that Atheists can adhere to.

    I was born and raised Christian, from birth until my late teens. I went to church, I prayed before every meal and before I slept. Christian schools all the way through grade school and high school. I have envisioned something greater than myself. I put all my faith into that blind hope that there was a divine being out there watching over me. As a child I believed it, and I followed all His rules. I had that link.

    I know what being a believer is, jamie76, and I was one through and through. And yet, I no longer do. If God is real, he is not the God that you preach about, nor the God that the
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    Keegan31 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:42 am
    @Jamie76
    This same transcendental state can be reached through simple meditation.

    Also, you won`t generally hear from most atheists. We simply don`t care what you believe in the privacy of your own home. The atheists who do speak out are the ones who`ve simply grown tried of the constant preaching.
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    Mattyboy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:44 am
    I don`t like how arrogant Atheists are. They seem to think they`re right because there is no proof.
    I don`t like how arrogant religious people are. They seem to think they`re right because they have faith.

    I`ve experienced several religions over the years, as well as different sects in those faiths, and there is one thing everyone - religious or atheist - has in common; they all think they`re right, and the find the need to try and prove to others why they are wrong.

    Atheists; if you`re right, why do you care if someone believes in an imaginary creature? It doesn`t change your lifestyle. And when it does, their beliefs don`t matter; anyone, no matter the beliefs, can affect your lifestyle negatively.

    Religious people; if you`re right, let the sinners burn. If God cares, he`ll take care of them.
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
    "would you respect my faith if I told you I believed in leprechauns? Or would you ask me why and try to reason with me?"

    OK, yeah I probably would try and reason with you and ask why, but if we couldn`t agree then I`d respect that you had different beliefs and agree to disagree. Like I say, I wouldn`t force my beliefs onto you to the point you found it uncomfortable talking to me. I`m fairly stubborn, but I know when there`s someone more stubborn that I am and I`d agree to disagree. (I actually know someone who`d interpret my giving up as her winning (in any argument), because she`s too stubborn to accept anything less than a win...)
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    Keegan31 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
    I truly don`t care what anyone believes. That arrogance is usually the only thing that gets me to respond to these sorts of debates.

    I`m friends with quite a few Christians. We know were the other stands and we don`t waste time debating, we just enjoy each others company.
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    ace420 Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
    Ricky Gervais hit the nail on the head. People that believe in god are delusional and need to seek help. It is 2010, time to put down the fairy tale book and take a look at the world around you.
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    Winter_ICE_0 Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Everyone stop arguing - Ricky Gervais is 100% right. End of story.
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    Mattyboy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:52 am
    Keep in mind he`s not saying the religion is wrong in this statement; he`s simply annoyed by the "burden of proof".
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    skine Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:55 am
    How can you not believe in God. Just look at the trees!

    Oh, and a clumsy attempt at Pascal`s wager!
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:56 am
    Atheists; if you`re right, why do you care if someone believes in an imaginary creature? It doesn`t change your lifestyle. And when it does, their beliefs don`t matter; anyone, no matter the beliefs, can affect your lifestyle negatively.
    I care because people`s beliefs influence their actions. And so I want to believe as many true things as possible and believe as few untrue things as I can. And I want other people to achieve the same.
    And yes, other people`s religious beliefs can and do affect the lives of people who don`t follow that faith. The most obvious recent example being Proposition 8 (with the rather unorthodox - no pun intended - exception of the Jewish community who voted overwhelmingly against it, despite the OT condemnation of same-sex marriage being very clear).
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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:00 am
    I think a common problem in this argument is that people don`t think either side should give a damn about who believes in what.

    I say bullsh*t. How can one live in a world of conflicting beliefs unaffected by said conflicting beliefs? It`s impossible.

    There is ALWAYS collateral damage. Even something as small as preferring chopsticks to forks. If a restaurant gets a considerable demand for chopsticks, then they begin to offer chopsticks as well as forks. This introduction of an additional utensil to their necessary purchases could result in a slight raise in prices, or something of the sort. This inadvertently affects the people who were completely content using forks, and thus could anger them.

    Collateral damage.

    We can`t say `Merry Christmas!` in public schools anymore because of this.

    There`s argument about altering the pledge of allegiance to strike `Under God` from it because of this.

    And the list goes on.
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    Thesphinx Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Hardcore atheists piss me off. Ricky Gervals is right, though, that the burden of "proof" lies on the firm believer. But that could go either way, both for hardcore zealots and hardcore atheists.

    If you are absolutely certain that religions are wrong, where is your proof that God does not exist? Likewise, if you are absolutely certain that God exists, where is your proof that he does? The correct answer to this situation is to admit you`re not absolutely certain about anything, then get on with your life.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Logic doesn`t work on believers. Right CJ?
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:15 am
    All religious debates are pointless. About half the (hypothetical) room doesn`t believe and won`t budge, about half the room is religious and won`t budge, and the rest either don`t care or just pussy out and probably say something about Hitler. the two big halves will never be able to get someone to change sides, so it`s all just pointless yelling. I don`t believe in a God, because in my mind the idea doesn`t make any sense. But I`m not telling Christians that they`re daft or brainwashed or just want someone to look up to and blame for stuff. Nor am I arrogantly shoving Richard Dawkins books down people`s throats (although I do like him).

    Oh yeah, and I agree with what Ricky Gervais said. Let`s not forget why we`re here...
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    rainbowfarts Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:17 am
    Seriously wish IAB would stop posting things that are obviously going to cause flame wars (e.g. things concerning religion, abortion, etc.). Give us the funny and interesting! There`s plenty of forums for these kinds of things on other websites.
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    kittehdee29 Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:19 am
    @Skine, you can look at the trees all you want and think to yourself how lovely they are. But how about you look at the complexities of the human body? Trees are a fairly petty thing in proving God is "real," considering how amazing the human body is.

    But how can you not believe in EVOLUTION? Just look at the birds! Or homo sapiens sapiens! God was created by homo sapiens sapiens to explain the things they could not at the time, and now religion is just a crutch.
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    Django Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am
    @almightybob...there are lot of proofs, but very few truths. The logic behind those truths can only go as deep as the imagination takes us and, for those who seek logic over imagination, as far as science can explain. As an agnostic, I refuse to accept absolutes on either side of the debate. The reality (as I see it) is we will always live in a world where a mass of people with a narrow point of view or specific opinion will push those beliefs on to others...whether its a religious or political organization. It`s all about strength in numbers. To me Christians and Atheists are arguing the same point: believe in what I can`t absolutely prove.
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    stonker Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
    "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."
    "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
    "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
    "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

    Thats all from the lips of Albert Einstein. If he isn`t sure about it all how can anyone else atheist or non atheist claim to be.

    This last one from him pretty much sums up why we`ll never see an end to the debate either:

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I`m not sure about the the universe."
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
    I`d stuff him in a cannon and prove he could fly.

    (just kidding)
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    Salted_Eggs Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

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    togoth Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:40 am
    @rainbowfarts
    shut up man its these religous that i love.
    i find incredibly interresting how people decide what they should and should believe in. i have nothing against religon but religouse people confuse the hell out of me.
    ps he make good point but i HATE ricky gevais, he insulted my sisters illness....i kind wish he was dead. yes that is a threat.
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    MrTwidget Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:43 am
    Jesus Christ he`s right!
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    valleybronco Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:45 am
    @kittehdee29, well said!
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    bram Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:47 am
    It`s incredibely arrogant of anyone to pretend that they know whether there is a god or not. I don`t believe in organized religion, but atheists sure do piss me off.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 9:54 am
    @almightybob...there are lot of proofs, but very few truths. The logic behind those truths can only go as deep as the imagination takes us and, for those who seek logic over imagination, as far as science can explain.
    Um... what? I don`t know what you mean. It sounds like waffle.
    If you can properly prove something, then it is by definition 100% true. But the only field in which an absolute proof can exist is mathematics.

    To me Christians and Atheists are arguing the same point: believe in what I can`t absolutely prove.
    No atheist is arguing that point, and if they are they lack basic understanding of logic. My position as an atheist is that the default position is skepticism until the burden of proof is met. No religious claim has met that burden, therefore I do not believe any of them.
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    rainbowfarts Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 10:00 am
    togoth, there are plenty of forums that cover topics of philosophy and religious debates. If you want to get your theological rocks off go there. I come here to let loose, not get stressed out from seeing asinine debates from both sides of the fence.
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    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 10:17 am
    I`m an atheist but even I`m starting to think that fancylad is being too hard on theists. LOTS of anti-religion posts in the past couple of weeks.
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    shaboinkin Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 10:53 am
    "It`s incredibly arrogant of anyone to pretend that they know whether there is a god or not. I don`t believe in organized religion, but atheists sure do piss me off."

    Which is why i go the agnostic route.
    I can`t possibly be an atheist because I simply don`t know. No one. So the whole "I`m an atheist because I know there is no god" is null and void...You don`t know.
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    DGbME Male 40-49
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    June 10, 2010 at 10:54 am
    I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building.
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    420foy Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 10:57 am
    hey everybody, CRY ABOUT IT!!
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    pui Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:03 am
    *sigh*
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    tuesdayfool Female 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:08 am
    "I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
    I second that
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    The_Garuness Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:22 am
    ""I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
    I second that "
    Third that!!
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:23 am
    Meh
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:27 am
    """I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
    I second that "
    Third that!!"
    4th that!
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    Pyrosisflame Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
    panth753
    Female, 18-29, Midwest US
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    """I would easily prove he can`t fly by pushing him off a building."
    I second that "
    Third that!!"
    4th that!
    ______________

    then he could say i just chose not to fly.

    you still have no valid proof he cannot, just that he did not.
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    britt566 Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
    When someone posts a very long comment, I just read the last sentence or two of it, which sums up their entire book and it saves me time.

    all in all, ricky has a point.
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    HunterKiller Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:43 am
    For f**ks sake, enough with the pro-atheist s**t. It gets so f**king annoying. Wtf is wrong with you lately IAB?
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    Tacos4Brkfst Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:48 am
    Are you having a laugh?
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    Neyro Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am
    why do people take this poo so seriously, its a joke, by a comedian, looks like people are ready to tar and feather the guy by the looks of the comments LOL
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    unlk Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:58 am
    one of the problems that i have with religion is how much it affects policy making EVERYWHERE
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    xKiesix Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 11:58 am
    I-A-B, you are supposed to be funny--not insulting. The majority of your readers AREN`T atheist, mostly because the majority of the world isn`t atheist. Learn your audience.
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    j12araiza Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    its really sad that everyone get soo offended by this stuff, seriously just look the other direction if you dont like it.
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    Ozmose Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    It`s amusing how religious people get so offended by their own lack of intellectual relevance.
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    thenakedant Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    God is dead.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    religion on IAB, havnt see that before!
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    He has a point, were not gonna prove he doesnt exist, and that the bible makes no sense at all and that religion is mindcontrol, its exhausting cause you are more than us, and religion is set in society, its tiring for us to try and make you see that going to church every sunday to hear a guy that hasnt had sex in years telling you youre bad and youre going to hell doesnt make you a better person
    You prove he does exist, you prove hes good for us and that religion is the best thing that happened to human kind
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    campofclay Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    Wow... so if you`re not christian, this isn`t the place for you, is that what I`m seeing? It looks to me all of the people who are saying this are, in fact, US citizens. Which, in the US, it is illegal to discriminate based on religion and furthermore people are allowed to believe what they wish to believe.

    More to the point, you `tolerant` christians need to pull your head out and realize the whole country is made of multiple people who believe in things you do not. DEAL WITH IT!
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    And id rather have a religion based post than a physics game
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    IAmBoss Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    Everyone wants something to believe in. Religion is a way for people to except the inevitable.
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    Kneller Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    Baww.
    If you`re *actually* so fragile that you get offended by a logical critique on religion, you might want to, you know, lock yourself away from society. It`s not the internet`s, nor society`s obligation to nurture and respect ideas that are arguable just to protect the idea-holder`s ego.

    What I think is really going on here, is that the "offended" are only so because they can`t answer the questions being asked of them, so they play the wounded bird routine as a means of evasion. You go for human sentiment, and in doing so, you change the subject.

    All in all, it`s a simple quote from a comedian. Nothing to get ruffled over.
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    Sock1122 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:58 pm
    Religion is a way for people to except the inevitable.

    1. accept**
    2. I`m pretty sure that they arn`t accepting anything, religion is more about NOT accepting death and instead believing in something that they can in no way know of.

    Even if life after death WAS real I`d still rather be focusing on this life than preparing for the next.
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    Blandino123 Male 13-17
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    June 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    so many religion posts around here lately
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    Ripper398 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    It`s not illegal in the us to Discriminate, unless you have a business. I discriminate daily. F#ck all!
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    outdoorMINER Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    Oh lord, Ricky! See what you`ve caused!
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    DiegoDeFuego Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    @Kneller

    who`s getting offended by this post? Some people are getting tired of the near constant anti-theism of IAB but not this one post.

    And no it`s no one`s obligation to respect anything. It just courtesy.
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    strivejaylen Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    why do athiests hav e a athiest church
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    Swerdfeger Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm
    Hey Sock1122:

    1. aren`t**
    2. That is all.
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    darkgear6 Male 70 & Over
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    June 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Win.
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Great guy
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    HunterKiller Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm
    Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever.
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm
    Hunterkiller: Its not like they dont have thier reasons. I mean, have you seen jesus camp?
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    Raisin_Hell Male 18-29
    277 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm
    I have a theory, the reason all this flame-war sh*t is posted is revenue. Fancy knows there will be forum posts coming in like nuts, which causes more pages, therfore more ads, and more revenue.
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    ElDavo Male 18-29
    2149 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm
    I`m so tired of Christians at this point that I`m not sure what part of the argument I even want to address. I`ll just start writing a list and see where this goes:

    1) We don`t care what you believe inside your own home. Just don`t try to "save" us.
    2) Your beliefs become a problem to us when national policy reflects a blatant bias, evident in issues like same-sex marriage.
    3) Your "faith" doesn`t give you the right to be an non-nice individual. Everyone has basic human rights, and they aren`t dictated by your religion just because you have "faith".
    4) Most of the atheists I know understand Christianity better than most of the Christians I know. We have a determination to find the correct answer, you have a determination to make your answer the correct one.
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    howlingwolf Male 18-29
    1351 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    Now right off the bat, I`m not an atheist. My personal belief is that religion`s purpose is to GIVE people purpose. Most people need something, anything, to rely on in times of need. I think atheists are simply people who don`t require this comfort or have willingly put it aside.

    I don`t think it`s ever ok to push religion or atheism. If a person needs or no longer requires the comfort to rely on, it should be their choice. People here need to stop freaking out that Ricky is poking fun; he`s not trying to change anyone`s opinion but rather make some fun.

    Now Scientologists on the other hand...are a bunch of nuts. Feel free to mock them at will :-D
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
    1128 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm
    Actually it was meant as a method of reason to reduce crime back in old greece. ppl had absolutely NO reason not to steal, rape, pillage and murder. Now with technology, religion is obselete.

    It IS a sound theory truth be told if EVERYONE followed catholic/christian beliefs it would be a perfect world. Unfortuneatly not everyone does...thus to achieve this they must be either convinced..or "forced".
  83. Profile photo of Brassbull
    Brassbull Male 30-39
    1610 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    Howlingwolf; I agree %100 percent with everything you said. To be honest, I think the world would be less colorful without religion. It was the inspiration behind so many cultural works of art, architecture, literature, etc. that are invaluable to the human race.

    My personal belief is that religion`s purpose is to GIVE people purpose.

    And this comes to the heart of the issue. What people DO because of their beliefs. Personally, I think Hinduism, Buddhism, and Shintoism are the most admirable religions out there because they teach people to respect life and be at peace with the world. It`s the ones that cross continents to shove their beliefs down other people`s throats. However, I don`t think what atheists do equates to prosthelytizing....not that you said it did.
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    June 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    HunterKiller
    Male, 18-29, Eastern US
    111 Posts Thursday, June 10, 2010 3:57:38 PM
    Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever.


    not true...they bitch about all religions, and rightly so...
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    dooflotchie Female 30-39
    336 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    What`s so hard about the flying thing? All that would take is shoving him off a tall building once and PRESTO! Mystery solved, Scooby!
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
    2619 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    I hate Ricky Gervais. Unfunny, smug and generally a dick
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    syke22 Male 18-29
    1136 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Soooooo does he believe in god or not?
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    Pingas Male 13-17
    312 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    "Howlingwolf; I agree %100 percent with everything you said. To be honest, I think the world would be less colorful without religion. It was the inspiration behind so many cultural works of art, architecture, literature, etc. that are invaluable to the human race. "

    You`re wrong, stop typing.
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    bmh Female 18-29
    248 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm
    "Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever."

    Given that separation of Church and state is guaranteed in most countries, do you ever wonder why this is?

    Or given that the atheists are the ones being discriminated against with prayer, and Christians wouldn`t be without prayer? Or given that Christianity has shown a great record of intolerance against gays, women, people of other religions, and the people of the Americas?
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    minitimm Male 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    Who is this and why should I care what he thinks?
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    Brassbull Male 30-39
    1610 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    You`re wrong,

    How?

    stop typing.

    Eat me.
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    Logan033 Male 13-17
    94 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Here is an idea. STOP THE DAMN RELIGIOUS POSTS ON IAB! People come to this site to get a quick laugh. But then as soon as a single religious post either for or against any religion is posted, all hell breaks loose. Guess what people, no one cares about what your beliefs are. Everyone needs to grow some damn balls and stop arguing about religion over the drating internet
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    inaria Female 18-29
    1515 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm
    "Everyone likes to bitch and moan about christians yet it is atheists who keep bitching and moaning about prayer in school, and any mention of religion whatsoever."

    Why does everyone automatically assume people are athiest if they`re against prayer in school? Separation of Church and state means that unless you`re sending your kids to a religious private school, there should be no religious indoctrination whatsoever in the classroom. Same way I don`t think teachers should impose their political beliefs on their students, or hamper a child`s education because their religious beliefs clash with scientific fact.
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    lohrj Male 30-39
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    Logan033...hell yes, my friend.
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    gothmo Female 18-29
    1324 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
    usually it`s other religions that complain about prayer in school and that whole `under God` thing actually... all the Athiests I know don`t give a crap as long as it doesn`t interfere with them going about their business for the day >>;
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    manduduh Female 18-29
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    June 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    I love this guys views (:
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    HunterKiller Male 18-29
    363 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    Right, Jesus Camp, no i haven`t, but i`m pretty sure its not required so is there any reasons why atheists try to bash it? Sure there`s some things that are strange to me even but that`s another thing entirely

    What I`m trying to say is that in both christians and atheists there are retarded fanatics, and I think it would be best if IAB stops with this whole pro-atheist anti-christianity even. It`s not anti-religion. It`s mostly anti-christian.

    So please, stop with the anti-religious, religious stuff.
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    Webb03 Female 18-29
    166 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    I see his point, but I prefer to say `to each their own` and mind my own business...

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    lilsheep Male 18-29
    225 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm
    lol hes funny d:
    just, it`s because.. how can you not believe in god? its like a mental taboo d:
    also-leaps of faith = more evident in atheism
    yee bitches i said it
    too bad noones listenng ;[
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    monktoast Male 18-29
    263 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    if someone says a positive statment of "fact", then it must follow with proof. when atheists say it is a fact there is no god, there must be proof. the correct thinking is, "i dont know" is there purple flying unicorns? not that ive seen, but 100% no, in other realities? other planets. who knows. i would have to give proof. like, well i been there and surely are no unicorns. or ive coem backl from the dead there is no god. the proof belongs to both parties. especially the atheists who will want to convert theists to atheism. they have no grounds.
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    monktoast Male 18-29
    263 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm
    today`s atheism is a proactive atheism, they have fliers, groups, preachers, and apologetics for their SEEMINGLY "lack" of belief in theism. what they really have is a very well disguised belief in naturalism, which comes with its own amount of faithful thinking, things even science can`t and never will be able to discern (unless we get time travel). such as how the universe began, that there is nothing after death (how do they know? and how can science know? that is nothing but faith. so, things l;ike this is just illogical misdirection from their true concern, which is promoting the religion of naturalism.
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    jib Male 18-29
    314 posts
    June 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm
    Isn`t atheism the religion of reason? If so, then why would it be so wrong to ask them to prove there is no God or whatever?
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 12:10 am
    hey guys, God is fake, he doesnt exist. So that means when you read this message and start praying for me (fack you if you do such a thing) you are wasting your time :)
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    Lucky2u Male 18-29
    315 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 12:40 am
    well from the religious point of view. It doesn`t make sense for people who believe in god to have to prove it. They aren`t the ones questioning it. It`s Atheists that are demanding the proof. So its more like

    "Hey, I heard you think you can fly, prove it."
    "Excuse me? Who ARE you?"

    People should just learn to leave each other the drat alone. If half of us want to believe we have a cool imaginary friend and the other half want to be scientists and blow up the world by making simulated black holes on earth, thats fine. We`re both stupid.
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    metalm0rgan Male 18-29
    110 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 1:53 am
    I dont think the burden of proof is on any human, so stop worrying about it.

    If Yahweh exists (which i think he does) he`ll prove it.
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    AmberJayne Female 30-39
    56 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 2:50 am
    Yeah, and that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing in the judicial system? Pfft, everyone should totally have to prove their innocence because it makes way more sense to just assume that everyone killed that hooker downtown. Just like it makes total sense to just assume there`s an invisible, all-powerful, all-knowing malevolent superhero that automatically accounts for anything we can not explain. Total sense. o.0
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    BBQ Male 18-29
    467 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 4:14 am
    @AmberJayne
    That`s not even remotely the same thing..

    To prove an action either occurred or didn`t if quite different from proving a theory or train of thought.
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    Wizard77 Male 40-49
    582 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 6:27 am
    Who cares what this guy thinks?
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    Lord_Jereth Male 40-49
    725 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 6:39 am
    "People should just learn to leave each other the drat alone..."

    Xtians who keep to themselves, don`t try to witness to everyone and aren`t condescending little dushbags aren`t the problem. It`s the, "I`m right, you`re wrong and you`ll be sorry you didn`t listen to me when you`re burning in hell. I`m going to fix you whether you`re broken or not, whether you want it or not," Xtians that tend to piss folks off. That tends to be when folks start asking for proof.

    It`s very simple, really: don`t try to force your delusion on me or my children, stop trying to make your 4000 year old, bronze age, animal sacrificing beliefs and morals into my laws, keep your smug condescension to yourself, have your local house of mass hysteria ... uh ... worship begin paying taxes on all the money they rake in, keep your burden of guilt at home and we can all get along just fine.

    If you stick a finger in my face or your foot in my door I`ll put a boot in your a
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    betardfooser Male 30-39
    558 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 6:42 am
    really a matter of personal belief, once we ALL get that through our heads and stop pressing our own "trip" onto people I believe all these petty arguments will end and then we can get onto the real matter of dratING GETTING ALONG WITH ONE ANOTHER!
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    smo Female 18-29
    351 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 7:45 am
    Oh ricky :) This is why I love him!
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    June 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm
    @Wizard77
    ME!
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    lerie Female 18-29
    1265 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    Who is this guy?
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    Wizard77 Male 40-49
    582 posts
    June 11, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    @GuardinGnome
    Ah so youre his fan.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
    2893 posts
    June 12, 2010 at 7:07 am
    @Wizard77
    Maybe you should see how many other people think that Ricky Gervais is a half-decent comedian.
    Just read some posts before you post a comment.
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    Pyroo Male 18-29
    108 posts
    June 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Religion is just an excuse for people to act like idiots.
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    fishgul69 Female 18-29
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    June 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    I knew there was was a reason I liked him.
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    PayN8tention Male 18-29
    907 posts
    June 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    I`m a confident agnostic, which I think is more tolerable than most any other confident religious person could be. I`m actually quite passionate about being agnostic. I don`t know how I got here. That`s liberating.

    You know what, I don`t think anyone truly knows how we got here, and for people to argue the contrary strikes me as ignorant. That`s not to say I`m not ignorant because agnostic means I am admitting my ignorance, but its others who are ignorant for denying their ignorance. Do ya follow me?
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4006 posts
    June 14, 2010 at 10:30 am
    Good point PayN8tention. Except I am an Atheist not because I know God doesn`t exist, but because I do not believe in the possibility of the existence of a Deity creating worlds out of nothing, observing everyone and doing nothing. I also believe the scientific explanations as being MUCH more likely than creationism.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4006 posts
    June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am
    Although I make my best not to push Atheism on anyone, I see it as a big big big big problem with a lot of Atheists, pushing their disbelief on people. I think, when kept to one`s self, religion is a beautiful thing to have, helps make you a better person when applied correctly and all...

    The problems never lie in belief, it`s when the beliefs get taken too far and are pushed into people`s faces, then the problems start.
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    Rufio1980 Male 18-29
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    June 15, 2010 at 1:06 am
    I wouldn`t say it`s pushing disbelief on people. If someone still claimed the world was flat, would you not try to explain that it wasn`t?
  122. Profile photo of Listypoos
    Listypoos Male 40-49
    3069 posts
    June 30, 2010 at 6:34 am
    All the religious people in the comments here saying that there are far too many atheist posts on IAB... why do you all never seem to complain about there being too many posts about fat people? or ugly people? or ones showing people falling over? or any of the other posts that are laughing and poking fun at someone else? (and they *are* funny.... but it is laughing AT them, not with them)

    you just don`t like the fun being poked at you rather than someone else who you don`t mind being the butt of the joke?

    it`s not really fair to be laughing and pointing the finger at others if you can`t take a bit of poo being thrown your own way every now and again is it?

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