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Stephen Colbert Confronts the ‘New Atheism’

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Posted on May 4, 2007

How do you spot an atheist?  According to Stephen Colbert, one sure-fire sign of the godless naysayer comes in the telling form of a New Yorker subscription.  “The Colbert Report’s” pseudo-pundit has some strong advice for how New Atheists might run their own anti-religion.

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By The Messenger, May 11, 2007 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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Here is a couple of great links for atheists:

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his redeemer, The Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last: Besides Me there is no God.
Proverbs 44:6

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
Luke 9:29

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By Richard Roe, May 7, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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here’s a couple other great links for atheists, including a link to a previous Truthdig article.


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By scanale, May 6, 2007 at 11:48 am Link to this comment
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Yeesh, Stephen Colbert is dumb.  Why do people like him?

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 6, 2007 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

Sorry, the actual website is

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 6, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

I’ve lived a large portion of my life without the internet.  Most people my age don’t feel comfortable with electronics and tend to shun them.  I have to say, being a non-believer and having great contempt for the role religion plays in my life and having no hope that that could change, things like this Colbert Report give me some encouragement.  If religion is ever to be put in its proper place, I think the internet may play a very significant role.  The internet abounds, I am discovering, with intelligent arguments on this subject.  Type in atheism and it’ll take you a year to read the info.  If you’re interested, check out

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By Larry, May 5, 2007 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
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Colbert is brilliant!  There is more truth told in one of his shows than a month’s worth of spew by Bill O’Reilly.  I’m an atheist and I’m glad that such individuals as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have weighed in on our side.

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By Jason, May 5, 2007 at 3:09 am Link to this comment

A fine segment that would be fit for the “Half-Hour News Hour” show on Fox.  I wholeheartedly agree that we should embrace the alternative to identifying false, harmful and irrational beliefs - live dreamily in a PC wonder-land where we can pretend superstitions don’t need to be confronted.

Is atheism a religion?  Not by any standard that approaches reliability.  Even organizations whose objective is to encourage the growth of atheism don’t meet the criteria (of Beardsley and Beardsley, for example), yet somehow shows like South Park (Wii episode) and even the Colbert Report pass along the easy myth.

What’s more, the PC-brigade can be weighed in a similar manner: distinguishing between right and wrong sides of an issue, implying a lack of understanding or sophistication for the other side, etc..  Colbert’s barb is reflexive.

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By Dale Headley, May 4, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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I didn’t know that about “The New Yorker”.  How can I subscribe?

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By cyboman, May 4, 2007 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment
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The link to the video is broken. Please fix

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