Posts Tagged ‘NonStampCollector’

Hitler the Atheist

14/11/2010

You have probably have already seen it on other blogs, but I want to give my applause to Aussie YouTube auteur NonStampCollector’s latest Paint Brush masterpiece debunking the idea that the 20th Century’s most notorious mass-murderer was in any way motivated by his alleged lack of belief in the Christian God, as opposed to Zeus, Thor or Dionysius.

Watch out for the fabulous rundown of the various offences for which the Catholic Church has and has not excommunicated its members.

The video’s link contains the footnotes.

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Biblical inerrancy FAIL!!!

27/04/2010

manicstreetpreacher is pleased to present the latest offering from the God of YouTube counter-apologetics.  Make sure you check out the other classics on his channel.

Back door blasphemy prosecution in Liverpool

20/03/2010

manicstreetpreacher reports on the latest case of religious views receiving special treatment.

I bet you thought that the UK finally did away with blasphemy in 2008?  The National Secular Society held a party featuring gay actor Ian McKellen reading aloud James Kirkup’s poem The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name, which was the subject of “Scary” Mary Whitehouse’s prosecution for blasphemous libel against Denis Lemon, the editor of Gay News in 1977.  A ridiculous anachronism finally buried in these progressive times, right?

Well, think again.  Harry Taylor, 59, from Manchester was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on 3 March 2010 of causing “religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress”, which carries a maximum seven-year prison sentence, by leaving obscene material depicting figures from Christianity and Islam in the multi-faith room at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on 2, 26 November and 12 December 2008.

Taylor, who labelled himself a “militant atheist” admitted placing the items in the prayer room on three separate occasions, but insisted he was simply practising his own religion of “reason and rationality”.

Taylor told jurors he had left the items in the room in memory of “his hero” John Lennon before reciting the words from the song Imagine.

He said: “The airport is named after one of my heroes and his view on religion was pretty much the same as mine. I thought it was an insult to his memory to have a prayer room in his airport.”

Giving evidence in his own defence, Taylor admitted being “strongly anti-religious” after being treated badly by the Catholic brothers as a boy growing up in Dublin.

The first reaction of the airport chaplain, Nicky Lees, was to call the duty manager and the airport police, saying that she was “insulted, deeply offended and alarmed” after seeing one of the cartoons Taylor left:

Taylor, who is due to be sentenced on 23 April 2010, also left some of the infamous Danish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed and one of a pig excreting sausages labelled “Qur’an”.

The story has been very well publicised in secular circles, with entries appearing on the websites of the NSS, the New Humanist, MediaWatchWatch, The Freethinker and the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society.  Comments have been decidedly mixed.  Many agree with NSS president, Terry Sanderson, who said:

This is a disgraceful verdict, but an inevitable one under this pernicious law. It seems incredible in the 21st century that you might be sent to prison because someone is ‘offended’ by your views on their religion.  The blasphemy law was abolished three years ago, but it lives on under the guise of religiously aggravated offences and is several times more dangerous.

However, plenty of bloggers who have disowned Taylor as a fringe lunatic.  Paul Sims on New Humanist concluded:

If free speech has its limits at the point where it becomes something like harassment, surely Taylor’s behaviour was fairly close to that line?  But at the same time, it hardly seems like something worthy of a jail sentence.  Certainly at the age of 59 he should have known better (and for that matter have better things to be doing with his time).  If he had an objection to the airport prayer room on account of his own “religion of reason and rationality”, why didn’t he express it rationally and write a letter?

I was in two minds on whether I should support Taylor.  On the one hand, he seems to be a bit of a crank.  There is a time and place for talking people out of their faith and there are ways and means of doing it.  Perhaps leaving deliberately provocative cartoons in a prayer room is not the best way to go about it.

But then again, I’ve spoken about Wahhabi extremists brainwashing their children into becoming suicide bombers at a university Islamic society hosted event in front of a crowd mostly wearing headscarves and was very nearly lynched for it, so what do I know?

While I don’t agree with Taylor’s methods, I think this is an appalling infringement of free speech.  Taylor didn’t kill anybody or even threaten violence.  That’s a vast improvement on what happens when religious people get annoyed straight off.  He expressed a view.  He made his true feelings known.  He challenged presupposition and dogma.  As the controversial film director Ken Russell once pointed out, subtly does not work on people these days; if you kick them in the balls, you’ll find you have their complete attention.

Cartoons of pigs excreting sausages labelled “Qur’an”?  I’ve read the book for myself and quite frankly, “excremental” is rather kind. I am insulted and offended every time someone tries to tell me that these books are miraculous and can only be explained by the authorship of the all-good, all-powerful, all-knowing Thing That Made The Things For Which There Is No Know Maker.  Is anyone going to demand a criminal prosecution for “religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress” to remedy my hurt feelings?

…slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush…

– Koran 9: 5

YouTube Moment of the Year 2009

26/12/2009

manicstreetpreacher unveils the clip that he has replayed the most in this Year of Our Lord.

It has been a great year for the ‘Tube.  I have watched many brilliant lectures and debates and even appeared in one of them myself.  Certainly, NonStampCollector is the one YouTube user who has provided me with the most joy.  I wish I could include them all.  However, the clip I have played the most is the this wonderful “re-edit” of BNP leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on BBC One’s Question Time on 22 October 2009 by cassetteboy.

At over a million views, I’m probably not the only one who would class it as the cream of the crop for ‘09.

Many thanks to my friend, the anti-fascist blogger Edmund Standing, for forwarding me the link.

The Best of NonStampCollector

26/12/2009

manicstreetpreacher compiles the greatest hits of the Aussie YouTube auteur.

I have referred to and embedded the videos of this YouTube genius who goes by the name, “NonStampCollector”, soooooooo many times that I thought it was high time I posted a list of my favourite videos.  Funny, irreverent, yet philosophically brilliant; these videos are a must when you absolutely have to put down vacuous theistic arguments straightaway and make the other guy look like a complete fool.

What Would Jesus NOT Do?

In a similar vein to Christopher Hitchens’ 94,000 – 98,000 Year Wait Gambit, NSC shows just how useless and capricious the Christian myth really is.

Special Investigation – 20th Century Killers

Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot clearly acted they way they did because they didn’t believe in Yahweh, Christ, Allah and Zeus.

Hitler’s Atheistic Regime

“I have studied the Holy Scriptures.  I just don’t think they are that good.  I think that religious ideas should be given no more respect than the Easter Bunny.   We have to learn to think for ourselves and reject dogma.  For this reason I want you all to kill six million Jews.”  Right…

Jepadah (Judges 11)

Wonderful pictorial re-telling of that Sunday school favourite:

The thing that made the things for which there is no known maker

All arguments from design end here!  William Lane Crag: “When considering how all this could have come about, we reach a point where the zeros after the decimal point are too many, it’s all to complex and improbable for my tiny mind, it must have been…”

Free Will – “God Style”: a gift?

“I love you.  I want you to make your own choices in life.  But if you don’t do exactly what I want, then I’m going to punish you for it, even though I love you and I don’t want to do it.”

Free Will – “God Style” PART 2

Free Will – “God Style” PART 3; Finale

ATHEIST!!!!

More like this in 2010 please, NonStampCollector!