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03-04-2013, 12:49 PM
Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
George Carlin died back in '08, but every time I look up the most recent "New Rules" from Bill Maher, or the latest comedic snippet from John Stewart, or Charlie Brooker on YouTube, I'll find a vid with Carlin's name in it, & I'm still entertained by his standup and interviews! His ability to tell it like it is, and have it be hilarious was the best entertainment I've ever known. I was once a believer because it's how I was raised, and though I'd already started saying to myself "this is bullshit", Carlin was the 1st person of fame who I saw on TV, or heard on the radio, who (at least I felt) had the guts to speak on it. I'm sure there's others that came before him, that I haven't heard, but none would be able to take his place in my memory! R.I.Oblivion George Carlin. No
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03-04-2013, 01:17 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2013 09:44 PM by HU.Junyuan.)
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
Mr. DENG Xiaoping, former Secretary General of the Communist Party of China, and the Chief Architect of China's Reform and Opening up. A great man. Had great impact on hundreds of millions of Chinese people's lives. Changed the whole world in some aspects.

Edit: He seemed not that helpful for the development of atheism in the west. Didn't get point. My bad.

Edit: I love Jon Stewart for his daily show !

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03-04-2013, 01:22 PM
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Gowing up Catholic in a Catholic town and attending Catholic schools, George Carlin was the first person I ever heard taking shots at the Church. I could relate to some of his old bits about being in Catholic school as a kid. Sister Mary Elephant and other skits. I followed his career right to the end.

While I liked his other topics, his religious ones let me know that you can doubt and you can say it out loud. Back in the 70s I could recite most of his stuff. He probably opened the door a bit for me to look outstide of my insular world.

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03-04-2013, 02:04 PM
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(03-04-2013 01:22 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Gowing up Catholic in a Catholic town and attending Catholic schools, George Carlin was the first person I ever heard taking shots at the Church. I could relate to some of his old bits about being in Catholic school as a kid. Sister Mary Elephant and other skits. I followed his career right to the end.

While I liked his other topics, his religious ones let me know that you can doubt and you can say it out loud. Back in the 70s I could recite most of his stuff. He probably opened the door a bit for me to look outstide of my insular world.

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03-04-2013, 02:29 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2013 02:33 PM by Vosur.)
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
My favorite is Baron d'Holbach (the man in my avatar).

His work "Good Sense" was a delightful read.

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03-04-2013, 02:33 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2013 02:37 PM by Full Circle.)
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
Me. I'm my own favorite atheist Big Grin
A close second has to be Mark Twain for writting "Letter From the Earth" and third Bertrand Russell for writting "The Devil's Dictionary".

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03-04-2013, 02:34 PM
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
(03-04-2013 02:29 PM)Vosur Wrote:  My favorite is Baron d'Holbach (the man in my avatar).

His work "Good Sense" was a delightful read.

Thanks for the link Thumbsup

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03-04-2013, 02:38 PM
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
Lord Erxy

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03-04-2013, 02:46 PM
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
I'm always tied between Christopher Hitchens and Neil deGrasse Tyson (even though he isn't one for the atheist label).

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03-04-2013, 03:32 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2013 03:39 PM by PoolBoyG.)
RE: Who is, or was your favorite Atheist?
The way I'd classify "favourite atheist" is a person who is directly and openly responsible for the growth of atheism in an intelligent and ethical manor, even after they've passed on.

There may be a few people who fit the category, but they carry other baggage that promote other questionable things. Hitchens was mentioned - he was promoter of US invasions and occupations, and maybe possibly probably a misogynist?

The person that I have in mind that promotes atheism and not anything else that's questionable would be Matt Dillahunty or Stephen Fry (no racism, sexism, homophobia, militarism, class war, supernaturalism, no agnostic nonsense, etc)

I have a few individuals in mind that I want to say are my favourite, but they haven't openly promoted atheism.
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