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Reprise—SOLO-NZ Press Release: Memo to NZ Atheists—Grow a Pair!
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2010-07-12 08:06
SOLO-NZ Press Release: Memo to NZ Atheists—Grow a Pair!
July 13, 2010
Whoever is responsible for the billboards now appearing in major cities around New Zealand proclaiming "There probably is no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy yourself," has been found wanting in testicularity right at the climactic moment, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.
"In all billboards, this leitmotif is preceded by a statement to which 'There probably is no God' doesn't live up," Perigo laments.
"For instance, one version of the billboard says, 'We are all atheists about most gods. Some of us go one god further. There probably is no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.'
"What sort of abject cop-out is 'There probably is no God' after 'We are all atheists about most gods. Some of us go one god further'?! There probably is no God? Is that what we say about all the other gods?
"Would we say there probably are no goblins, ghosts, tooth fairies, taniwha and trolls under bridges?
"Given that we live at a time of resurgent goblinism, particularly of the pseudo-Mordi variety, it's refreshing to see someone taking on these morbid superstitions and urging folk to enjoy their lives uninhibited by fearful fantasies spouted by charlatans and witch-doctors. For that precise reason it's exasperating to see the punch-line of this campaign retreat into a wimpy nod in the direction of the politically correct, Richard Dawkins-type agnostics who believe one shouldn't state anything with certainty for fear of frightening the horses or upsetting philosophy professors unsure of their own existence.
"There is no God. There are no goblins, ghosts, tooth fairies, taniwha or trolls under bridges. Now you can really stop worrying and enjoy your life," Perigo concludes.
Lindsay Perigo: 021 255 8715, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOLO (Sense of Life Objectivists): SOLOPassion.com
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