"Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" Promo Video!

The promo video for my book, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, is out!

I had more fun than a barrel of monkeys making this video. Especially the part where… well, you’ll see. It was a challenge, trying to distill the essence of a whole book into a 3:16 video, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s a lot like the book in some ways: serious points and stuff, but also entertaining, and with some very funny bits. Especially the bit where… well, you’ll see.

It’s here on YouTube, or you can watch it right here on this blog.

Enjoy! If you like it, send it to your friends, link to it from your blogs, Tweet it and Facebook it and G-plus it, show it to your pastor, screen it at your Easter party. Remember: you can buy the book on Kindle, or on Nook. And many thanks to the video production team for their excellent work!

"Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" Promo Video!

38 thoughts on “"Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" Promo Video!

  1. 5

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  2. Dea

    I’m on Chapter 2 – I’m loving it and making notes – will probably feature it in an upcoming blog post. Thanks for writing this and doing what you do Greta. I really appreciate it.

  3. 9

    Thanks for writing the book, Greta. I’m glad you wrote it and I agree with a lot of what you said, esp and including the sexual abuse that happens within various religious sects, not just the Catholic Church.

  4. 10

    I’m shocked that a published author would punch a book. Have you no respect for books? :-þ

    Seriously, I bought your book and have finished the first two chapters. My only regret is I don’t have a Kindle reader or an iPad, I have Kindle on my PC. I’ll be visiting my very Catholic brother in May and I know he’s going to ask me “why are you atheists so nasty.” I won’t be able to give him your book and tell him the answer is in it.

  5. 11

    One of the best reads I’ve had in a while – thanks for producing such a useful handbook for responding those who complain about angry antheists. If they refuse to read it at least I can beat them around the head with my iPad 🙂

  6. 12

    LOL Love the bit where you are shaking your fists at the church.

    I bought your book the other day – can’t wait to read it (tied up with visitors right now)

  7. 13

    Greta, I love you dearly and already have a copy of the book, but for the love of my eardrums please change the guitar you have in the video’s intro. I rate it as worse than a dentist’s drill, but not as bad as a screaming baby on an airplane.

  8. 15

    Bought it and read it in Antigua, Guatemala after a conference.

    I remember when you asked for patience from us blog hogs so you could write it. I’m astonished it’s done. I wish I could write so fast and so well.

  9. Myk

    The music on that video has some nasty filtering or some such (not the growl), making strange things come out of my speakers. It’s a shame, ’cause it sounds like it’s fairly well played.

  10. 18

    I thought you were going to clock the priest there for a second!

    Downloading and look forward to reading soon. Heard you on NPR this morning (I noticed they discreetly left out the book’s subtitle). Way to represent!

  11. 19

    Slightly off topic, but there’s a piece on NPR this morning about the Reason Rally, where you and a couple of others get air time. Oh, and your book gets plugged too!!!!!

  12. 20

    Congratulations on your publication, I know you put a lot of hard work in to your writing. You have a right to be angry at those things… spousal abuse, rape, cover-up, the holocaust, etc; they are all unfortunate and horrible things! But, in my humble opinion, it is unfair to say that religion/God causes these things… it would be more fair to say that people committing ungodly acts in the name of God and in the name of their religion cause harm. People and groups who do these things cause incredible human pain and suffering, and they promote a deceitful stereotype of the loving and caring God depicted in the Bible.
    There is so much misinformation about the Bible floating around. Even massive denominations like the Catholic Church maintain critical doctrines in direct conflict with the Bible’s teachings, yet most members of their congregation have no idea because they don’t dedicate themselves to their own study of the Bible. Instead of relying on scripture for their beliefs, they rely on their pastor who is human and thus prone to error or corruption. They associate themselves with a religion, but they live outside of the way the Bible teaches that God wants them to live — these are the people who cause your anger, not God. None of those things you mentioned (except for same-sex marriage) are taught in the Bible, and those who say otherwise and do otherwise in the name of God need to be lovingly correct.

  13. 21

    I watched the “why angry” video. It presupposes atheism can solve those problems. Such presupposition is useless. When you find the answers, then maybe write a book.

    I suspect when atheists write their own formula for the “minimization of coercion” it will resemble the Ten Commandments.
    Might you agree?

    For more on this angle read my articles on Examiner.com

    “Breakdown of the atheist dialectic” about the minimization of coercion

    “Childish reason rallies coming soon” about the Reason Rally

    and look for me at the Reason Rally.

  14. 22

    Paul Martel #20

    But, in my humble opinion, it is unfair to say that religion/God causes these things… it would be more fair to say that people committing ungodly acts in the name of God and in the name of their religion cause harm.

    What, pray tell, is the difference between a religion doing hateful actions and people acting in the name of God doing hateful actions? Ask an Imam why his daughter’s clitoris should be cut off and he’ll say “Allah wants it.” Ask Ken Ham why a 2000 year old myth should be taught in place of science and he’ll say “God wants it.” Ask Pope Benny why people shouldn’t use condoms and he’ll say “God wants it.”

    I grant there is a semantic and even philosophical difference between saying “religion causes this” and “people following religion do this,” but the end result is that religion is the excuse used to justify people doing something. A difference that makes no difference is no difference.

    They associate themselves with a religion, but they live outside of the way the Bible teaches that God wants them to live

    So people working on Saturday should be stoned and gays should be stoned and people wearing cotton-polyester blend shirts should be stoned and children arguing with their parents should be stoned and people eating shrimp should be stoned? Because that’s what the Bible says should happen.

  15. 23

    Arlon Staywell #21

    I watched the “why angry” video. It presupposes atheism can solve those problems.

    Perhaps if you read the book you’d know that your presupposition doesn’t actually exist. But thank you for commenting and there’ll be a nice gift for you on your way out the door.

  16. 26

    Got my copy as soon as I heard it was out! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m pluggin’ the hell (lol) outta this book! Love you, Greta!! 🙂

  17. 31

    I got name-checked in your book! May I just pause for a moment and go “squeeeeee!” like a proverbial schoolgirl?

    It’s a good thing you were surrounded by security at the Reason Rally, or I would’ve hugged you to death.

  18. 32

    The idea that karma and reincarnation justify the caste system is completely false. First of all, the concept of Dharma is the sense of duty. Karma is the idea that your actions will affect your surroundings and subsequently come back to you, as well as affect your reincarnation. Dharma is the word Ms. Christina is upset about, but she misunderstands that as well. It is believed in Hinduism that people have certain obligations and duties (Dharma) to society based upon their birth. There are virtually no differences between the caste system in India and the classism in Western cultures. How likely are you to go from rags to riches in the United States? Not very. Your economic and social status in the United States largely depends upon your birth, as it does in India. Ghandi reformed India to severely lessen its influence, although in rural areas it still can be influential. It is a cultural aspect of Indian society, not spiritual.

    In response to all the points on Islam, THOSE ARE EXTREMISTS. I cannot emphasize that enough. They are not true Muslims. Islam means peace. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) worked to reform the Arabian peninsula and in twenty years completely changed the culture to respect women’s and orphan’s rights, which were completely ignored before His work. Moderate Muslims would never treat women that terribly, nor do they condone violence. Jihad means struggle, not holy war. The “greater Jihad” is the inner struggle in belief in God and the lesser Jihad is the external struggle, which involves protecting yourself and your community, never aggression. Saying 9/11 was caused by Islam and Muslims is inflammatory and completely wrong. Quranic quotes are far too often taken out of context, both by extreme Muslims and uninformed Westerners. That misinformation caused the numerous hate crimes after 9/11 and you are reinforcing this.

    The points on Christianity also come down to misinterpretation by people. Extremists in Christianity are not true Christians, just as extremists in Islam are not true Muslims. The Pope collaborating during the Holocaust was abhorrent, the child abuse scandals are absolutely terrible, and Gay marriage should be allowed. All these are from extremists. Mainstream loving Christians do not think beating their wives is the will of God. Extremists (and rather twisted people) do. But that is not Christianity. The core of Christianity is to love others as they should love you.

    Ms. Christina seems to focus on events, but those events derive from extremism in religions rather than religion itself. Hundreds of thousands of people have been massacred in the name of Democracy, does that mean it is bad? Plenty more in the name of Civilization and Reason, but do we rid ourselves of those too? It’s the people involved, not organized religion itself. For most of the issues brought up, arguing it is religions fault is similar to saying car crashes are caused by the existence of cars. Just a note, this is coming from an atheist who is in a World Religions class. At the heart of all religions is love, compassion, and peace. I do not believe in God, I cannot, but religion is not evil, people are.

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    @Tis Himself, OM #22;

    The final line of my comment reads “None of those things you mentioned (except for same-sex marriage) are taught in the Bible, and those who say otherwise and do otherwise in the name of God need to be lovingly correct;” and your reply is a good example of what I meant in saying that “there is so much misinformation about the Bible floating around.”

    The Bible does NOT tell us to stone gay people or those who work on Saturday or any of those Old Testament consequences you mentioned. It’s important to understand that the Old Testament deals primarily with the relationship between God and the nation of Israel — some of the laws were to reveal to the Israelites how to obey and please God, some to show how to worship God and atone for sin (the sacrificial system), some to make the Israelites distinct from other nations, ect. But the key to this particular issue is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Isreal, not to Christians and people of today. None of the Old Testament law is binding on believers today. The purpose of the Old Testament law is to convict people of our inability to keep the law and point us to our need for Jesus as Savior (Romans 7:7-9; Galatians 3:24). When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law and created a new covenant (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15).

    That is not to say the Old Testament law is irrelevant today; it is still the Word of God and can be a good guidepost for knowing how to love God, knowing what goes into loving your neighbor, it contains important prophecies and is the overall explanation for the purpose of Christ. The Ten Commandments were essentially a summary of the entire Old Testament law, and nine of the Ten Commandments are clearly repeated in the teachings of the New Testament (all except the command to observe the Sabbath day). The difference here is between a believer and a non-believer… Jesus says that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John:14, 9 through 31 specifically).

    The point I was trying to make was that the things mentioned in the video ARE HATEFUL AND UNGODLY THINGS and when people do unglody things in the name of God they need to be corrected.

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