Pancakes For Atheists

21 Feb

This morning I didn’t write a blog, I’m supposed to be responding to Tom Pride’s comments on yesterday’s blog so I shelved the idea and just tweeted the rough idea:

I was going to write a blog about how atheists should leave the pancakes alone, but I’ll leave them to their hypocrisy. Heathens.

I could construct a blog along those lines.  Point out that Shrove Tuesday (the real name for pancake day) is a period of festivity prior to Lenten fasting and thus it’s very existence is reliant on belief in Our Lord Jesus Christ and the period he spent in the desert before his return to his disciples, Palm Sunday, Easter, his death and rebirth to live everlasting and so on.  To celebrate bits and bobs of the Christian tradition is to show a profound disrespect for their own rejection of that faith.  It would also give me a chance to have a moan about Quorn bacon and sausages.

Vegetarians and vegans give up meat.  They eschew it.  Why then do they go out and invent a product that looks, feels and tastes like bacon and sausages while it is not bacon or sausage?  Either you’re a veggie or you aren’t.  Celebrating Shrove Tuesday is to Atheism what Quorn Sausages are to Vegetarianism.  A pox on them both.

And if you wanted further proof that I wasn’t entirely serious I’d have ended with something along the lines of:

What next?  Will they be celebrating Christmas?  Joining us at the confessionals?  Taking Communion?

Just to hammer it home that I am in fact joking.  Everyone should eat pancakes.  But Quorn sausages are a curse on the planet and must be eliminated.

But I didn’t do that, I just did the tweet.  So two other twitter users (and later a third), who I have never seen before (talk about looking to be offended … sheesh) started to question me on the stance I’d appeared to have taken.  I played along until it got a bit ridiculous and pointed out that I was winding them up.  One of them, the overtly Australian one, took it all in good grace but we expect that of the Aussies, lovely people, go drinking with them, I have family over there.

But getting to the point … because there is one.

If you see someone say something on the internet (or anywhere) and you think it so absurd that the person saying it can’t be serious ASK THEM.

I sometimes think there should be an equivalent of a driving licence before people are allowed on the Internet.  Seriously … well semi-seriously.


Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Pancakes For Atheists

  1. MrOzAtheist

    February 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Being the ‘overtly Australian’ person mentioned above, I thought I’d add a comment. Firstly, I don’t search ‘atheists’ looking to be offended. (I’ve never been ofended by something someone says about atheists) I do it to correct people’s misunderstanding of atheists, to highlight the ridiculous things that are said about atheists, and to help new atheists realise they are not alone.
    Secondly, someone posting something like this in jest is extremely hard to pick because many, many theists genuinely think like this. Atheists get asked almost daily in November/December, and regularly at other times of the year why we celebrate Christmas (because it’s fun, I always answer). I’ve had lengthy conversations about Saturnalia and Winter Solstice etc.. The point being, picking up on someone having this point of view as a joke is tough because many people genuinely have it. When the crazies and the people just having a laugh are indistinguishable, perhaps it’s time to have a rethink.

  2. Damocles

    February 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    “perhaps it’s time to have a rethink.” Or perhaps it’s time to ask.

  3. MrOzAtheist

    February 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Yes, I should have started with ‘Are you serious?’

  4. Rogue_Leader

    February 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    There’s also the issue that Shrove Tuesday, along with Christmas, Easter and most other Northern European festivals are Christian hijacks of pre-Christian European festivals. Easter was a fertility festival: does anyone believe that crap about an ‘egg-shaped stone’ on the holy tomb?

    If I could be bothered, I’d write a blog post called ‘Yule Logs for Christians’ then pretend I wasn’t really serious about it when questioned more closely.

    • Damocles

      February 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      People who assume the worst in others are probably up to no good themselves.


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