Welcome to the Eighty Eighth edition of Carnival of the Godless! One of my passions is comics, so I've grouped our submissions together according to how I think they'd translate into the visual world of that medium. To help you plan what you'd like to read when, One-Panels will be quick reads, Daily Strips a bit longer, Sunday Strips a moderate amount of time, and Graphic Novels a serious session.
Some comics take place entirely in one panel, and while at first glance you might think such a format would allow only superficial, silly stuff, in fact its very brevity can force a lot of power. For example, this "Ziggy" strip when read a certain way has very wry existential implications:
Note that there's a slot to pay, but no slot for anything to come out of. I can't think of a more thought-provoking way to look at religion, and the posts in this category have that same short, edgy, powerful punch.
The "standard" comic strip appears every day but Sunday in the daily paper. They feature recurring characters and a history that requires some familiarity with the general idea of the strip. The posts in this category take a bit longer to read and also require a bit of background to really understand, but are just as powerful as one-panel examples.
Deborah presents Opting out posted at In a strange land, saying, "First time submitter....
My daughters' allegedly secular state school has no simple way for parents and children to opt out of the "Christian options program" just before the Easter break."
Evolved presents Why do these theistard cultists need tetanus shots? posted at Evolved and Rational. Worshipers in the Philippines nail themselves to crosses and the state's biggest worry is about them getting tetanus?
The Sunday comic strips allow the creators a lot more room to make their point, and they get to use color instead of black and white. They take a bit longer to read, but still retain that comic-strip ability to make a powerful point.
Newbie Atheist presents More sins? What?s next - cheap prescriptions? posted at The *Angriest* Pharmacist, saying, "For your consideration; a fun post from a non-atheist site that looks at new rules on sin from the Vatican"
Greta Christina presents On The Amazingness of Atheists... And Why It's Doomed posted at Greta Christina's Blog, saying, "Why the atheist community is so amazing; why that amazingness is doomed; and why that's exactly as it should be."
Greg Laden presents Greg Laden's Blog : PZ Myers Expelled, Gains Sainthood posted at Greg Laden's Blog. The great PZ Meyers Expelled Incident is destined to be an Internet classic, and Greg's post is a wonderful, comprehensive summary of links to get caught up on just what happened.
Christian Bachmann presents A double-edged word of comfort posted at Joy of Freethinking, saying, "The equation death = peace is often used as a word of comfort at funerals, but its consequence is very tricky and may be even a risk for humanism."
Steve Snyder/SocraticGadfly presents Pharyngula gets creationist movie boot and lies posted at SocraticGadfly, saying, "My take on the New York Times story about Pharyngula (P.Z. Myers) getting the boot from the "Expelled" screening."
Skeptigator presents Promoting religious advocacy for secularism posted at Freethought Fort Wayne, saying, "Originally pulled this out of my drafts for the Blog Against Theocracy however I thought this might be a nice positive message."
Graphic novels take comics into its longest and most in-depth format, telling novel-length tales while still utilizing the powerful tools of simplified iconic figures, word balloons, and the other hallmarks of the medium. These entries take the longest to read and provide a lot of food for thought; get ready to settle in for a while and really think.
Jeffrey Stingerstein presents Emotional Truth Versus Objective Truth (and how they relate to theism and atheism) posted at Disillusioned Words.
Hank Fox presents Does Jesus Make You Happy? posted at HankFox.com, saying, "We regularly see purported scientific studies that claim belief in God makes you happier, that atheists are less content than those who regularly go to church. Just how reliable are those studies?"
John Wilson presents On agnosticism and atheism: opening a can of worms posted at Armchair Dissident, saying, "I reply to a commenter - well known to me - on the question, "is atheism rationally defensible". Short answer? Yes. This is the longer answer."
Jeffrey Stingerstein presents untheist, atheist, nontheist, intheist? Let?s Call the Whole Thing Off! posted at Disillusioned Words. A lot of different terms get thrown around meaning similar things, but just what the heck do they all really say?
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