Here’s a random sampling of email received throughout the year.
Subject: So what’s it like not knowing that you’re destined for hell?
You’re a bigger ass than you are a sinner. Enjoy your time in eternal torment.
Subject: Brad Swidzinski
I came across your website when I Googled my ex-husband, Brad Swidzinski. I see that he has been active on your website. No surprise there. He is a godless, gutless, Momma’s boy whose umbilical cord to his pathetic catholic (note the small “c” … read into that what you will) mother has never been severed. It’s a sick relationship between those two. Bordering on incest. But I digress!! Don’t pay you no never mind to his drivel. He despises women. He is a pathetic, sick freak who is addicted to porn, alcohol and a whole bunch of other “no-nos” that his disgraceful religion espouses. He is all bark and no bite. He talks a good game, but when it comes down to action, he cowers as all catholics do, because they don’t have a leg to stand on. Their religion is man-made. It has nothing to do with the truth. He is nothing short of a retarded dumb-ass that bullies people.
Feel free to publish this e-mail.
Mia and Agnes, Bailey, Dugan and Buddy the beagles.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7.
Editor’s Note: You can read about my encounter with Brad here.
Subject: You godless bastard!
So did someone actually call you that? Did you come up with it on your own? Just curious as to how this glorious website was named.
Thanks for the extremely entertaining site. I stumbled upon it while searching about atheism on Google and it made my day! That was a while ago, but when I’m feeling down about life in a highly Catholic home its on the list of blogs (this is a bloggish thing right?) and youtube channels I refer to to cheer up. I guess the main reason I’m writing is that this year we go through confirmation classes and I’m dreading it. With their logic, you can’t win. (It’s such a shame, this year especially. This guy is extremely educated – even used to be atheist – but the Iraq war changed him.)
Anyway, thanks for instilling courage in me. My atheist friends knew about my beliefs (or lack of as is a better way to phrase) but now most of my theist friends know as well. It’s a funny story actually.
I have one friend (who I love dearly, but is highly conservative and can be well.. preachy) that hates it when I swear. I said bullshit or dammit or something like that. And she said I should stop.
“Why should I have to? I’m tired of you treating me this way! In our country we are given many rights, one of which is the freedom of speech…”
“And there is also the word of God that says thou shalt not…”
“I’m going to say whatever the fuck I want! I don’t care what the Bible says. I don’t mean to disrespect you personally [name], but I’m an atheist.”
Thank you for the inspiration again!
And if you post this on the site, might I request you remove my name (I prefer my family to find out from me) and possibly the coming out story due to being so recognizable. I want to get out of high school alive…some of my family is very…extreme.
Subject: Your website
Brilliant, well written and sufficiently antagonistic….love it!
I’m a Brit in Bahrain which is full of religious fruits, fancy a lecture tour?….that would go down like a shit in the bath. Keep up the good work.
You, sir, are a class act. I too find the worst part of being an atheist is being told to “be tolerant”…hang on…why do I have to be tolerant? I’m not the one representing a institution that has, at various times, burned people alive, tortured them, drowned them, stoned them, invaded and/or enslaved them in the name of a “creator(s)” that have no evidence for their existence. Yet apparently I’m the intolerant one. Does sanity* cause intolerance? Hmmm…
I’ve got an idea…why don’t we round up a bunch of religious zealots and burn them at the stake, you know, just to balance the score a tad? Let me check the scorecard…hmmm…atheists: 0 people burned at the stake for their religious conviction**…hmmm…theists: more people than can be reasonably counted*** burned at the stake**** for their religious convictions…
* For a given value of “sanity”
** If anyone has been burned at the stake by an atheist, it probably wasn’t for their religious conviction.
*** Or, more precisely, than I can be bothered looking up the statistics for, but it was a lot.
**** Warning…from now on anyone caught polluting the air will be burned at the stake.
Len (The Mighty) Henderson
“This Dungeon ain’t big enough for the 26 of us…”
Given the nature of your website in pointing out flawed logic and hypocrisy in the religious community I thought you might enjoy another industry based on lies that is prevalent in the United States. The dairy industry is actually responsible for increases in cancer, autism, and attention deficit disorder through use of artificial growth hormones and advertising a product which naturally is much worse for the body then is made public, milk. (http://notmilk.com/) If you’d care to visit this website then you can see the lies that are put into what people eat along with what they believe.
Greetings, ya Bastard!
Just found your site via stumbleupon again. Hadn’t seen it in a year or two, so everything’s new again. I’ll be mucking about for new content and browsing it for an hour or so, just because I remember it being most excellent (if dense) reading.
Thanks again for posting and maintaining your site.
With warmest regards,
P.S. If you post this in your mail bag, please maintain my anonymity. Thanks.
As a Brit atheist, I note that atheism in the UK has generally been a little more laid back than in the US, I guess because we’re lucky enough to have been without the raging fundies who plague your country. Personally, I take the kind of atheist approach as can be heard in the Irreligiosophy podcast. However, there’s a growing religious awareness in this country, primarily because of the Muslim presence but also that of the African Christians who, most notably, appear to be driving some particularly nasty homophobic, misogynistic policy within the Church of England. In response, there’s clearly a huge rise in the number of “outed” atheists and skeptics.
Anyway, I really just want to say a big thank you for your site.
Found a link to your site on a Mississippi Humanist page. I simply wanted to tell you, good job and keep up the good work.
Best Regards, Charlie
Subject: Usual conflict of opinions
I’m not particularly bothered by your distaste for all things religious, being the rather apathetic atheist that I am, but your reference to laughing at the deaths of mountain climbers I thought was unnecessary. Yes it is to be expected that they may die or be injured and I show them no sympathy, but should you really laugh at their deaths? they’re doing what they like why should I care if they get hurt knowing the risks. Should humans not do anything dangerous then and just live in a cleanroom for fear of dying to disease lest we be scorned for “tempting fate” as you put it? Do you also find it humorous when people living in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant die due to core leakage?
Subject: Your website…
Heya’ Mr. B!
Found your website one night when I was just zinging about the web using search terms like christian, idiocy, and bullshit. I like it. It’s given me hours of amusement.
I will say upfront that I dislike christianity. (Yeah, I too refuse to capitalize certain words and have been asked, rather belligerently at times, whether this is intentional. It sure in the hell is.) I am more…forgiving of some of the other religions. Not that I necessarily agree with them, but I am more willing to adopt a live-and- let-live attitude toward those who are willing to do me the same favor. Christianity draws my ire in particular. It is one of those systems of belief that it’s followers feel they have every right to use as a weapon in any way that they see fit. Further, because they are automatically “forgiven” for their “sins”, most of them feel entitled to break every precept that they claim to hold dear even while they threaten others with the dire consequences of doing so. That and the total ignorance of that which they profess to live by – most of the illiterate cretins have never even read the bible, know nothing about what the book actually contains, and then have the nerve to admit as much even while claiming that it is what legitimizes their sorry ass faith. (“Maybe I haven’t read the bible, but I know I am saved anyway because the bible promises me that I am and the bible is god’s word. I know this is true because it says so in the bible!”) Whatever can be said about religion in general, this is something that in my experience is much more true of christianity than it is of other belief systems. Be that as it may, you have a very entertaining website.
Now, in your piece on asshole Patrick Tolle you happened to mention that if anyone wanted to redesign your website pro-bono for you to drop you an e-mail. I’m not entirely sure if you were joking, but in any case if you would be interested in discussing that with someone, my boyfriend Ben would be more than happy to talk to you. He has experience in web design, and he is often willing to take on projects like this just for the pure enjoyment of doing so. I’ve shared things from your website with him and he has enjoyed them very much.
If you feel like it, you can reply either to me or you can contact Ben directly at [withheld].
Either way, thanks a lot for the entertainment. Peace!
My wife turned me on to your site one night while we were burning bibles to stay warm…Love the site.
Keep up the good work.
Jesus loves you. Everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.
Carrie in Baltimore
Mr. Bastard (can I call you that?)
I found your site through an article about Ray Comfort’s “banana” nonsense on James Randi’s blog. I’m about two hours into your work and I must say that you are my new atheist movement hero. It is so refreshing to see another non-believer with a no-holds-barred attack on religion with humor and unapologetic sarcasm. Bravo! I will be a regular visitor to your site and eagerly await each monthly update.
Please withhold my email address and last name. I work with a bunch of religious nut cases. You know how it is for sure. Jerry T.
Subject: your website
You are an ass.
Subject: If an atheist took a shit in the woods…..
would he still be a douche bag?
You believe in God. You know it is true. Why don’t you come clean and confess that you believe in Him and His only begotten Son? You are in rebellion with your Maker and are looking for an excuse to sin – but his site doesn’t hide the truth of your faith. In the name of God, confess, and shut down this site tonight.
I pray for you nightly whatever your real name is that God might come into your heart and show you the way to Salvation and peace. I love you as does God.
read this: http://www.godswork.org/testimony25.htm
In Christ, Camille
Subject: Brad Swidzinski
I sent Brad an email a few weeks ago and have yet to hear back from the whiny little coward. I think he crawled under a rock and made cream of Jesus in his panties after you threatened to rat him out to the po-po. I wonder if god would be proud of him for being the moral crusader that he is. The meathead is all bark and no bite.
Your looong time fan (since 2004),
Dave Sanchez Dallas, Texas
Subject: STILL SINNING I SEE
FUCK YOU AND YOUR DUMB WEB SITE.
YOU FUCKIN ATHIESTS THINK YOUR SO SMART. YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT. GOD WINS IN THE END. DROP DEAD ASSWIPE.
Subject: Your web site sucks
You fucking athiests are just as dogmatic as the religious people you mock and slander. Why don’t you go fuck yourself and jump off a tall building?
Subject: i pity u
it is sad that u take such pride in mocking god. what if your wrong? 10 out of 10 people die and eternity is a long time to be wrong. gods love is endless. it is the cure for what u will receive when u die. pray!
Subject: Your Conviction
Dear Godless Bastard, there are no atheists in foxholes.
Editor’s Note: Could you be more wrong?
Subject: What a site
Hey Mr. B.
I was just surfing late one night and do not even remember what I was searching for when your site came up in Google.
A lot of people would say that I wasted a lot of time in going through 20 plus pages plus all of the offsite content, but I do dare say, your thoughts are quite interesting. Basically, I agree with you. I had fallen for the organized religion syndrome a while back and for a few years. I found out just what type of HIPPOCRITS actually existed when I started asking questions and really started doubting just what was actually being pulled over on me. What set me straight was when the pastor of the church did not have the balls to face me but sent one of his minions to tell me to quiet down. That is when a confrontation happened. Remember, this escalation had been building up over a number of months, starting when a comment was made that jesus was the only one raised from the dead. Really, what about lazarus. He was supposedly dead so long that he stank. Sounds like fucking dead to me. Well I stayed away for a few months. Now, by the way the pastor only lived five houses from me. In my time away, he never once came by to see why his sheep was not there. What an asshat.
Well I decided that I wanted my questions answered and during the next few weeks, I started popping them again. I also decided that I would volunteer my time to help them with their Christmas Fabrication. At that time I was approached by another minion and was told that the pastor had to approve it. I dropped my volunteer time and decided to lurk in the shadows for a bit. During the last service (I have not been in a church since) I posed a question regarding proof for the age of moses and the world. I was immediately told that moses was over 900 years old and the world was just a tad over 6,000. I nearly fell off of the pew. Hell, people were very lucky if they made it past 45 back then. I told the pastor to prove it in open church. I really don’t know if I pissed him off, rattled his cage or a number of other things, but he was so shaken up that the old fool spit his false teeth out. They just bounced off of the pulpit and up the aisle. You could hear the gasp of the sheep and feel the wind as they opened their mouths in disbelief. My parting comment to him and his sheep as I walked up the aisle towards the door was that, I was no longer blinded by him and his minions, his book of fairy tales, rape, incest, murder and mayhem had way to many contradictions and I would not be back. I was followed out of the church by a whole gang of believers and without knowing their intent, I hauled ass.
That was only the start of my troubles with this church. I will enlighten you more in a future email of the hell I caught from my family, friends and the locals by stating what I had on my mind to this pyramid scheme.
Subject: Got Jesus?
No love for God huh? Too bad…. sorry for your bad luck…
Subject: Sherrie/Cherry Picking (?)
Dearest Mr. Bastard:
I’m a little confused. Is ‘Sherrie’ the Secret Service agent in your ‘Sherrie Picking’ essay (‘Hypocrisy’ page) the same person you wrote about in the two ‘Cherry Picking’ essays (‘Godspeak’ page)? I wasn’t sure if Sherrie/Cherry was a typographical error.
Is this woman really an agent in the Service? If so their candidate screening process is woefully lacking. Whomever she guards should be deeply concerned about her ability to perceive reality. Nice to know my tax dollars are well spent. I wouldn’t trust her tiny malfunctioning godbot brain to guard a 7-11 in a quiet neighborhood.
Please withhold my name and email address. If this gun-wielding nutcase is as perceptually impaired and you have described I wouldn’t put it past her to put a trail on my ass and exact some rabid Xian zealot revenge Government Agency-style. My wife tells me I wouldn’t survive the one night in prison. (She’s right about everything – or so she keeps reminding me.)
Longtime fan, W.K.
Subject: TO THE SO CALLED “BASTARD”
I HOPE ONE DAY WE MEET CUZ I WANNA BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF YOU DOUCHE BAG. YOUR MAMA IS A GODLESS WHORE.
I’m not even really sure where to start, so I apologize if I’m disorganized in what follows.
For most of my life I had been simply running through motions, specifically of the religious variety, while struggling with my own disbelief (in God/Gods/whatever, I was chasing a damned unicorn). I spent inordinate amounts of time trying to suspend disbelief and looking for proof of God’s existence but could find nothing substantial. The thing that bothered me most was that in doing so I was forced to commit multiple acts of intellectual dishonesty, as you’d describe it, and it never sat well with me. The more I questioned, the more I was told not to question as that seemed to foster disbelief (in me) and what I can only describe as panic and terror in my mentors and peers.
Eventually, I decided to abandon my religious practices (but not my moral standards, for obvious reasons) out of sheer distaste and not wanting to align myself with everything I grew to detest in all the time I spent reading the bible (intentionally left in lower-case in non- acknowledgment of its validity) and other religious and historical works. And because as a thinking individual (I like to call myself that at any rate) it was the only logical course of action; I became an Atheist. I suspect I always was an Atheist, though I may have told others otherwise, only now I was resolved and my resolve was great. I was unwavering in my disbelief, but my own reasons were never good enough to fight off those who would attempt to convert me. Attacks would always end in my having to walk away because I have neither the philosophical, literary, or debating background necessary to debunk their arguments; I could only say “that doesn’t make sense to me” or ad-lib something on the spot which would ultimately prompt an insult to my intelligence if I didn’t yield to their attacks, which seemed very well rehearsed. In reading through your site – which I can’t exactly recall how I found or when, though it was some years ago – I’ve been able to refine my rebuttals (sometimes I paraphrase yours, always in agreement of The Abdella Rule; I do not publish public works, and if I did, I would cite you) as well as gain knowledge of logical fallacies and other pitfalls in the constant stream of conversion attempts I get once people find out I’m an Atheist to the extent that I’m able to get people (Christians) to publicly scream obscenities at me and storm away, remove me from their contact lists, block me on Facebook, etc. Though in rare cases they’ll simply concede the argument and agree never to speak of it again… I kind of wish they’d curse me and run away. Whatever the response, I am always deeply satisfied. I feel I owe that largely to you: for putting so much logic in one place, for providing so many examples of how to argue and fairly, for all the work that went into Godlessbastard.com in general. So Thank You. You’ve had a profound effect on my life.
hi am really interested. could you please answer this question? why SHOULD people beleive in god?
Editor’s Note: They shouldn’t. There is no sane reason to.
Subject: Got Logic?
Give me a scientific example of something coming from nothing. Shawn
Editor’s Note: Oh, for fuck’s sake. Here we go…again. Poor, deluded, religiously insecure Shawn. Yet another ignorant Christian who thinks atheists believe that the universe “came from nothing.”
First, atheism has intrinsically nothing to do with nihilism, but for the sake of your insanity I’ll respond. [clearing throat] Open a science textbook, Shawn. You don’t have to accept any of it. Just READ it. It will explain everything quite clearly. NO WHERE does science claim that the universe (and all the varieties of life within it) “came from nothing.” No, this is what panicky, insecure CHRISTIANS claim because of the threat that the Big Bang and evolution provide. Yours is just the typical knee-jerk response, and it neither impresses nor intimidates anyone.
But for as weak as his implied assertion is, Shawn would declare his imaginary god immune from the same logic. Where did Shawn’s god come from? Nothing? Or was he created by a greater god? Oh, god is eternal. That’s right. He’s always existed. I forgot about that. What a decidedly convenient and terminal explanation to sidestep his own question. Nothing came from nothing…except for god. Conversation over. This is why you can’t win when dealing with the Christian mentality. They’ve set up their own rules of logic so that they can’t be wrong.
The universe has always existed in one transitional form or another. It just is. And when this one goes another will come in its place. Here’s a nice primer to get you started. But we both know that you’ve built your brick wall high enough to protect your self-reinforced delusion from inquiry and introspection. And you’ll never let ANY argument take that from you. It’s all you have.
Well, you named yourself correctly: THE GODLESS BASTARD. My intense pities for you as such. Constance E. Cumbey
Subject: Got Jesus?
only a fool will not believe in god.who told the ocean u can only cum this far and who told the sun when to rise in the mourning.and how did world come into existence who made animals and who made humans u tell me anytrhing but i kno its god my god JESUS CHRIST who rose from the dead and will reign forever more and he will judge people like you so if i was you i would start going to church and learning about god and its not pathetic to be a christian who is it pathetic to be the children of a king? as far as i see you are blind and you are the moron.!!!!
Subject: Your Web Site
Loved the site. (found via stumble) Agree whole heartedly. Eventually I will read the lot. Kind regards and keep up the good work. Charles
Subject: You’re so funny! I love your wit!
I found you through the Why Your Religion Is False website which i found on Facebook. You’re hilarious! You must be British. I just love your website. Please put me on your mailing list. :=) Julie in Chicago
Subject: Love your website
Hi Mr. B,
Just wanted to contact you and express how much I love and appreciate your Godless Bastard site. It is refreshing to know that other people feel the way I do. I anxiously await the update notice I receive of new content on your site. I am trying to get through all of the articles that you have posted but there are so many that it will take some time. But I keep plugging along.
Thanks for a great site.
Subject: “Analizing” the moral decay of the U.S.
Here’s a funny post from a high-school friend from back home (West Virginia) who “friended” me on Facebook and regularly posts Jesus-loving messages. I really don’t mind him, and he’s a nice guy, but this is funny. (See attached screenshot.) I think he and his wife are ministers in Hagerstown, MD.
Cheers, Richard Sullivan
Hello there, a big fan here!
I remember on your site somewhere there was something about “negative proof”, as in “prove god doesn’t exist”. It was a great essay, it may have been elsewhere but I thought it was on your site. If it is there please send me a link.
Oh if you want some criticism on your site – add a search function! Just sayin’. Yours in godlessness,
Jeff C. Winnipeg Canada
Editor’s Note: The rant Jeff is referring to is titled Why the Christian God is Impossible, by Chad Docterman. It’s only piece on the site that was authored by someone else. It’s so brilliant that I just had to link to it.
Wonderful Site, just letting you know that I will be using your arguments to ruffle fundi feathers online.
Kook of the Year Award!
Subject: Grace Mercy Peace
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just thought I’d say hey, how goes it, as I haven’t heard from you in a l-o-n-g time, and you’re still in my email address book.
I’d wish you a Happy New Year, but that’s like saying Happy Eternal(new) Non-Eternal(Year), a mixture of contrary eternal and non eternal things…ends bad.
So I’ll just wish you eternal Grace –> Mercy –> Peace instead. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.
Hi, just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your site, kept me up far later than I should have been last night as I just needed to read one more page…
Two things that I wanted to say are:
1. Why do people of religion feel the need to tell us that god/jesus loves us. I have no need for this imaginary love, I feel fully contented with the love I receive and give to my family and friends. If a person you had rejected was to keep following you and telling you that they had unconditional love for you, you would consider them a stalker and probably call the authorities on them. So this, I feel is how the religious portray their saviour, a divine stalker who won’t take no for an answer.
2. I haven’t fully read your site so not sure if this link is mentioned:
It’s a site dedicated to giving reviews on upcoming hollywood movie releases for the concerned moralistic christian and goes under the name “Christian Spotlight on Entertainment” They give a synopsis on movie releases then allow their members to write reviews on the film using a points system concerning such things as profanity and morality, they even put a count on how many times someone swears and “the lords” name is taken in vain.
I personally try to search for a film I know to be of questionable moralistic values and then read in mirth the moralistic religious claptrap that is expounded in the following reviews.
Keep up the good work on the site and I look forward to reading more in the future.
BUT as a recovered, formerly hopeless alcoholic, I certainly perceive, from my own struggle and experience, that SOMEthing greater than myself relieved me of my alcoholism. What do YOU suppose it could be? Anything wrong with calling it “God” or “god” or “The Force”??? Don’t you believe that there is SOMEthing greater than ourselves out there?????? That’s my dilemma.
Dear Mr.Godless “Flaming Asshole” Bastard,
First off, let me say that I’m just yanking your chain about the “flaming asshole” thing. But like my teacher always says: “Start out your letters with good lead”. Anyway, I must apologize in advance for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Now let’s move on. My name is Justin, and I am from the U.S. I am also an Atheist. I have been sense the 8th grade. Considering that I am in high-school, that is not a long time. But enough with me, let’s move on to the main reason of my wri…typing this letter: You.
I personally think that you are a very funny man and I am a huge fan. I have read all of your pages and articles. They make me question the world. If anything, I want to emulate you. Well, that’s it. Keep doing what your doing!!!
From a fan, Justin.
P.S. Could you not show my email address? I still have family and friends that don’t know about my beliefs and (for my own personal reasons), like to keep it that way for now.
P.P.S. Have a good, godless new-year!!!
Subject: Hello and invite to debate with wacky fundie
Happy new year, hope this finds you well. Your site has been truly inspirational and I thank you for all your sharp and witty posts.
I am writing you because there is an ongoing “debate” with a fundie named Eillix at atheistpropaganda.com and I thought you might wanted to check it out.
He portrays himself as an ex-atheist who found god but stills “questions” his own faith. Yet he is full of fundie crap and loves quote mining and citing erroneous history facts. Care to jump in?
best regards, Feki