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  • #33697

    TheEncogitationer
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    Simon and Pope Beanie,

    A fair point about the capital letters.  On the original flyer, only the beginning headline and everything after “Congratulations!”  were giant capitals.  The rest were smaller capitals and more subdued.  Henceforth, I’ll keep all caps to where it is warranted.

    #33698

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Reg,

    (My Autocorrect keeps wanting to call you “Regardless.”  If that ever pops up, that’s the reason and I apologize.)

    Thanks for the OK and I’ll post more.

    Are memes alright in the Photo section?  I’ve long thought about making some memes.  They are brief and have more humorous potential.

     

    #33699

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Simon and Reg,

    Yes, you are both correct.  These acts are both physically healthy and commonsensical…and we only know about them because of the exercise of Reason and Science throughout humans time on Earth.  We would never know of any of them if all we used were prayers, sacrifice, revelation, intuition, astrology signs, necromancy, or other Supernatural woo.

    If more people are made aware of the efficacy of Reason and Science, then Faith will have less place in their minds and lives.  I hope my works help spread the awareness.

    #33700

    Yes, of course memes are fine. I was once debating with an Evangelical couple. One of them kept saying he disagreed with what Dawkins wrote in “The God Delusion”. He said that everything he wrote had basically become an “atheist meme” but both of them pronounced “meme” as “me-me”. I used the correct pronunciation when I replied and asked them what in particular they considered in the book to be a meme.

    It turned out that they had not read it. Then one of them asked me “What authority does Dawkins have to talk about Evolution anyway”? Apparently “all you atheists love Evolution”.

    I then asked them if they knew the origin (pun intended)  of the word “meme”.  I was happy to explain it to them.

    #33739

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Reg,

    One of my favorite memes shows Dawkins looking quizzically at the camera and the caption says: “I coined the term ‘meme’.  Deal with it!”  Presumably it was directed to the very religious types you were dealing with above. 😁

    Thanks again for the OK and I’ll be posting filters and memes soon!

    #33754

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    OK, Fellow Unbelievers, here is the next flyer.  The text is bold, but only capitalized where needed.  Feel free to re-format as needed:

    It takes about one minute to say The Lord’s Prayer.
    In that same amount of time, you could also…
    Announce some wonderful news to your friends, co-workers, family, partners, and loved ones.
    Bounce-juggle 3 basketballs 213 times like Luis Diego Soto Miller.*
    Call 911 in the event of a crime, fire, or emergency.                                                     Catch 45 marshmellows in your mouth like Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin.*     Change into 24 different costumes like Avery Chin and Sylvia Lim.*
    Complete 38 juggling tricks like Taylor Glenn.*
    Check your pet, your partner, or yourself for ticks after a woods hike to stop tick-bourne diseases.
    Clean a dish or a counter and prevent spread of deadly viruses and bacteria
    Complete the Rubik’s Cube multiple times and multiple ways, as many people have.*
    Crank a chainsaw, lawn mower, weed cutter, or tiller and get things done outdoors.
    Do 38 burpees wearing high heels like Raneir Pollard.*
    Do 55 front-split spins in a wind tunnel like Danielle “Doni” Gales.*
    Fall in Love (According to the R&B/Soul/Disco group Tavares)
    Flip a plastic bottle 360 degrees 27 times while blindfolded like Josh Horton.*
    Jump-start a dead vehicle battery and save a stranded motorist.
    Lock your home or vehicle door and set alarms to stop crime against life, liberty, and property.
    Navigate 57 gates on a figure-8 course using a drone like Luisa Rizzo.*
    Place icing on 20 cupcakes like “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.*
    Prepare an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (A.E.D.) to save a heart patient’s life.
    Perform the Heimlich Manouver or Mouth-To-Mouth Breathing to save a life.
    Perform the 100 chest pumps of Cardiopulmonary Reuscitation (C.P.R.) to save a life.
    Imagine the 100 beats of the Bee Gees’ song “Staying Alive” (especially when doing C.P.R.)
    Press the brakes on your vehicle and prevent an injuring, deadly accident.
    Put on Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) to prevent injury and death at home or work.
    Receive 131 kisses like Shiko Kurihara (as well as be the lucky one to give them.) *
    Send a light-speed message 448+ times around the Earth (and, unlike prayer, get an answer.)
    Stack 7 doughnuts while blindfolded like Katie Nolan.*
    Stop bleeding, clean a wound, bandage it, and prevent deadly blood loss and infection.
    Take prescribed medicines, plus readings of blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
    Use contraception and stop unplanned woe for you, your partner, and future generations.
    Watch a YouTube Video for a bit of education, entertainment, and enlightenment.
    ( *=As documented in Guinness World Records 2020.)
    …And there is so much more!
    So…what other amazing, fun, smart, life-affirming things could you do without calling out to the supernatural?
    (This document has no Copyright.  Feel free to copy and redistribute worldwide by any and all means.)

    #33767

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Fellow Unbelievers,

    You know, I think these flyers are already having an impact even before they have even spread.  Even Big Papa Francis is railing against the ideas therein:

    Pope at Audience: No to ‘Practical Atheism, That Everyday Atheism’

    Pope at audience: No to “practical atheism, that everyday atheism”

    #33907

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Fellow Unbelievers,

    I now have a new series of flyers for a very specific situation happening in a lot of communities.

    City and Town Police and Sheriff’s Departments all over the nation have both individual members and entire departments with patrol cars sporting decals saying: “In God We Trust.”

    These flyers are not intended to put down or intimidate law enforcement officers, (they get too much of that already,) but to get officers to ask themselves just how far they go with that slogan and ask what is really worthy of their trust.  To begin at the beginning:

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Disregard The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and the other Amendments?

    After all, the name “God” is not in the body of any of these documents, nor are “Judaism,” “Christianity,” nor the name of any other religion. These documents are secular and neutral on the Supernatural, not pro, not con. They simply recognize individual rights to freedom of thought and expression and forbid government establishment of the Supernatural.

    These documents were also written by men who denied that governments were established and blessed by a God, men who fought the oppressive dogma of “The Divine Right of Kings.”

    Do you oppose The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Amendments, and their authors?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose; one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee…?” (Deuteronomy 17:15a)

    or

    “Let every soul be subject onto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained by God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation?”(Romans 13:1-2.)

    If your answer to these questions includes “No,” then what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment, including a secular government limited by individual rights?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33908

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Now a flyer on “In God We Trust” vs. evidence of the senses:

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without evidence provided by dashboard cameras; body cameras; surveillance cameras from establishments; cameras on smartphones; sonar, radar and lasers to detect speeders or search underwater; or X-Rays and CAT/MRI scans to examine crime victims?

    Do you do without all these products of human, rational, scientific research and development in Physics, Atomic and Sub-Atomic Theory, Particle and Wave Theory, Electricity, Electronics, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Radiology, Acoustics, Optics, Photography, Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, and Industrial Methods of Mass Production and countless other disciplines, fields, and practices?

    Do you just shrug all this off and simply say:

    “…Seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring?” (Numbers 15:39.)

    or

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen?” (Hebrews 11:1.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33909

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Hey, Dick Tracy!  Who are gonna believe, God or your lying eyes?

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without eyeglasses, contact lens, magnifying glasses, sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection, flashlights, floodlights, zoom lenses on cameras and zoom features on smartphones, Infrared rifle scopes, and Ultraviolet body fluid detectors?

    Do you do without all these products of centuries of human, rational, scientific research and development in Atomic Theory, Biology, Chemistry, Optics, Optometry, Opthalmology, Chemistry, Physics, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Particle and Wave Theory, Industrial Methods of Mass Production, and countless other disciplines, fields, and practices?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “I look not at things seen, but at things not seen?”(2 Corinthians 4:18.)

    or

    “Live by faith, not by sight?” (2 Corinthians 5:7.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33913

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    Marshal Dylan, Between guns and religion, which is more clingable?

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without firearms, ammunition, Mace, and Oleoresin Capsicum Pepper Spray, all products of centuries of human, rational, scientific research and development in Biology, Botany, Genetics, Natural and Artificial Selection, Chemistry, Metallurgy, Metalcraft, Blacksmithing, Mechanics, Physics, Ballistics, and Industrial Methods of Mass Production?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “The Lord is my shepherd…Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me…I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me?” (Psalms 23.)

    If your answer to this question is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33914

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    So, Sheriff Andy, do you let Barney Fife go out to repel bullets with his charm?

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without clothing and shoes designed for rough treatment, comfort in extended engagements, and protection from the elements?

    Do you do without rubber gloves for biohazards and evidence protection; NBC-resistant gas masks; projectile-resistant helmets, visors, and body armor; shrapnel-resistant flack-jackets, and manual riot shields?

    Do you do without all of these products of thousands of years of cumulative human rational, scientific research and development in Anatomy, Atomic and Sub-Atomic Theory, Ballistics, Biology, Chemistry, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Ergonomics, Fabric Design and Fashion, Martial Arts, Materials, Particle and Wave Theory, Physics, Plastics, Polymers, Radiology, Strategy, Tactics, Textiles, Industrial Methods of Mass Production, and countless other disciplines, fields, and practices?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “Isaiah went naked and barefoot for 3 years on God’s command. Why can’t I?” (See Isaiah 20:1-6.)

    or

    “I’ll just go on those mean streets with The Whole Armor of God and Prayer?” (See Ephesians 6: 10-20.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33916

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    So, which vehicle becomes police most, a Dodge Charger or Yahweh’s Sweet Chariot for Elisha?

    GREETINGS, OFFICER FRIENDLY!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without an inspected, fueled, provisioned, battle-ready vehicle, complete with projectile-resistant glass; a plexiglass seating barrier; sirens; blue lights; PA system; police radio; laptop; sonar/radar/laser speed trackers; rifle/shotgun rack; weather-ready tires; and the most speed that a hood can hold?

    Do you do without transportation that is the product of centuries of cumulative human rational, scientific research and development in Aeronautics; Chemistry; Electricity; Electronics; Ergonomics; Geology; Geometry; Glassworking; Hydraulics; Information Technology; Mathematics; Mechanics; Metalcraft; Metallurgy; Physics; Industrial Methods of Mass Production; and countless other disciplines, fields, and practices?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “Welp, the ancient Hebrews wondered on foot through the desert between Egypt and Cannan for 40 years, so ‘If it’s good for the Hebrew people, it’s good enough for me?'” (See Exodus 16:35.)

    or

    “Welp, Jesus told the Apostles: ‘Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purse. Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves..’ So I’m stickin’ ta that?” (See Matthew 10:10.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33917

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    So, Harry Callahan, is “We” The Holy Trinity or “Smith, Wesson, and Me?”

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Support the Looney Left cause of defunding or even abolishing the police?

    After all, the Looney Left seems to think that security in our Life, Liberty, and Property in our homes, our businesses, and our streets is all Heaven-sent by a God and requires no effort on the part of human beings.

    Also, like believers in the God of The Holy Bible, The Looney Left also thinks that some people are born with an “Original Sin,” (in our day, it is skin color,) and deserve to be deprived of Life, Liberty, and Property.

    Do you support any of that?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness?” (Ecclesiates 7:15)

    or

    “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves; but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth the Lord?” (Romans 12:19.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment, including equal rights and justice for all, regardless of genetic heritage?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

    #33925

    TheEncogitationer
    Participant

    so, Police Academy, would you be any better if you were called Police Monastery?

    Greetings, Officer Friendly!

    You have, no doubt, seen the slogan:
    “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

    You may have it as a decal on your patrol vehicle.

    But if you believe this slogan is true, do you also…

    Do without education and re-training in subjects such as Armor; Court Rulings; Criminology; Critical Thinking Skills; Deductive/Inductive Reasoning; Logical Fallacies; The Scientific Method; Defensive Driving; Emergency Preparedness; Firearms; Fitness; First Aid; Automatic Electronic Defibrillation; Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; The Heimlich Maneuver; Forensic Science; Interrogation; Investigation; Legislation; Marksmanship; Martial Arts; Search-and-Rescue; Situational Awareness; Strategy; Tactics; Victim Support; and other countless disciplines, fields, and practices?

    Do you do without all of these products of thousands of years of cumulative human rational, scientific research and development, the summit of human knowledge and understanding that grows as long as humans are free?

    Do you just shrug all this off and say:

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path?” (Proverbs 3:5-6.)

    or

    “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called?” (1 Timothy 6:20.)

    If your answer to these questions is anything like “No,” then just what does “IN GOD WE TRUST” really even mean?

    Instead of trusting a “Supernatural Being” that “works in mysterious ways,” why not trust what you know is true and in front of you right now, the human ways and tools of Reason, Science, and The Enlightenment?

    You’ll never stop learning and improving, and you will “Protect and Serve” yourself and fellow citizens even better!

    (THIS DOCUMENT HAS NO COPYRIGHT. FEEL FREE TO COPY AND REDISTRIBUTE WORLDWIDE BY ANY AND ALL MEANS. PLEASE RESPECT PERSONAL CONSENT OF PROSPECTIVE READERS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN REDISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER.)

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