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Friday, May 23, 2008

I’m In Love

posted by on May 23 at 10:00 AM

Who is this guy?

Oh, Lord, I’m swooning here.

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Genius.

Posted by Yutang | May 23, 2008 10:10 AM
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You and Mr. Poe should have a threesome with this dude.

Posted by mustang | May 23, 2008 10:15 AM
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I am now 5:37 minutes closer to the weekend.

Posted by kid icarus | May 23, 2008 10:16 AM
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Posted by Chukie | May 23, 2008 10:19 AM
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What a lovely man. His remarks are very apropos. It's the sort of thing that makes you realize you're not alone.

Posted by Fnarf | May 23, 2008 10:32 AM
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Sounds a lot like Hitchens, IE awesome.

Posted by john cocktosin | May 23, 2008 10:37 AM
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Great stuff! I can't believe I've never heard of him before. Where's he been hiding?

Posted by Kristen | May 23, 2008 10:40 AM
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Dan, you'll really love Pat's take on Islam. He's a strong critique of Europe's accommodation of Islam. Course, he hates all religion, so no surprise there.

Awesome.

Posted by Medina | May 23, 2008 10:43 AM
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That's awesome.

Posted by Mike of Renton | May 23, 2008 10:46 AM
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I have a new guru.

Posted by Bauhaus | May 23, 2008 10:46 AM
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Pat Condell is my hero. I could while away countless hours listening to him rant.

Posted by Anna Montana | May 23, 2008 10:47 AM
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I'm going to send this to every conservative fuck I know, just to make their heads explode. And in this town, that is a LOT of fucks.

Posted by Mike in MO | May 23, 2008 10:54 AM
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Posted by D | May 23, 2008 10:56 AM
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@6 - Like Higgins except not an arrogant pug.

Posted by lutz | May 23, 2008 11:21 AM
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Here's a man that knows what he's talking about. He's fantastic. Did you notice he NEVER used the word "uh" once! Are Americans ready to fight against the American-Taliban? I'm thinking most Americans don't really care.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | May 23, 2008 11:26 AM
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If accurate, this fella's wiki page paints him as more irreverent even than Mudede, though less elegant.

Posted by tomasyalba | May 23, 2008 11:33 AM
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I have a new hero. Thank you Slog.

Posted by AMB | May 23, 2008 11:49 AM
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That was awesome! I couldn't agree more.

Posted by monkey | May 23, 2008 11:50 AM
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My coworker told me this will offend the "religous sensibility" of some people.
I told her that that term is an oxymoron.

Posted by Harold | May 23, 2008 11:57 AM
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I love this guy. You can see all his videos on liveleak if not on the dawkins site.

Posted by orlando | May 23, 2008 11:57 AM
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Brilliant. I watched it twice and dude’s right about everything except one crucial point: religious fanaticism, war, violence, corruption, incompetence, open hypocrisy and stupidity are what our country stands for now. That’s been the case for decades and it won’t be changing anytime soon. The majority of our sub-moronic population believes that we can “help” people by shooting, torturing and bombing them for fuck’s sake.


Sadly, the truth is that everything we were taught that our country stood for—what it meant to be American—was all just lies and propaganda.


Sounds cynical, I know. But cynics are really just broken-hearted idealists.

Posted by Original Andrew | May 23, 2008 12:15 PM
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"a ten-gallon hat on a half-pint head"

Love it!

Posted by COMTE | May 23, 2008 12:16 PM
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I will spend part of my weekend viewing his other videos and sending the link far and wide. Just think no matter how much Xtian or Islamic fundies hate this they are totally powerless to do one thing to stop these videos from being seen by potentially millions of young minds. Seems if their imaginary sky god existed he would smite it all away. Nothing fails like prayer.

Posted by Heather | May 23, 2008 12:22 PM
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Okay, he's pretty funny (and right, of course), but he's preaching to a pre-selected choir.

Not that Mr. Condell isn't a great and much-needed voice, but I'll be more excited when a cynical, skeptical talking head is less aroused by attacking religion (I fail to see what the point of it is - religious people will not decide that rationality trumps faith - unless you get at them young) and more excited by promoting the separation of church and state. People like this guy don't win over religious people who are on the fence - they push religious people to feel better about dismissing atheists.

Posted by Stolia | May 23, 2008 12:23 PM
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I'll fight you for him, Dan. I'm in love too.

Posted by Mary Traverse | May 23, 2008 12:52 PM
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@24: The "preaching to the choir" charge is widely made about outspoken atheists (e.g. Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris), but ultimately incorrect. Beyond rallying the troops, an entertaining message perks the ears of those in the middle and alerts them to a view, possibly consonant with their experience, that has been utterly absent in public discourse until recently. Bush's public Jesusicity and incompetence reinforces this message. Yes, creationist troglodites won't be listening. They will have to be addressed later once a rational majority feels safe in calling a spade a spade.

Posted by butterw | May 23, 2008 1:14 PM
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I have a new favourite person in the world. Wish there were more of this guy around, especially in certain parts of this country...

Posted by antiuser | May 23, 2008 2:20 PM
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@ 26: I think you and I have very different experiences of "the majority."

The majority of people I know are, on some level, spiritual - although not religious. They're insulted by Dawkins in particular and find more in common with Christians than atheists. This has been true with a lot of different people, from mystic newagers to Christian Lites.

Additionally, I've known far too many hardcore atheists who sit around and attack religious and spiritual ideas like a bunch of 13-yr-olds in a circle jerk. That type of attitude is repulsive to anyone who has been helped by spirituality or, like me, has watched people be helped.

Posted by Stolia | May 23, 2008 5:15 PM
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Yah! Welcome to the Pat Condell fan club! He is one of the raving atheists on youtube. A totally awesome-appearing guy. Rock on Pat!

Posted by Kristin Bell | May 23, 2008 7:35 PM
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Great find! More, please! Much more intelligent and rhetorically savvy than Hitchens, whose own "issues" with religion get in the way of his otherwise good arguments. (or maybe it's just the booze).

Condell's more effective because he argues in favor of intelligence coupled with political power.

Well done, Dan. Thanks.

Posted by MichaelPgh | May 23, 2008 8:45 PM
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This has been the best part of my day! Thank you Dan!

Posted by clarity | May 24, 2008 3:46 PM
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Condell doesn't upload videos very often, but their quality usually makes up for that.

Posted by Jason | May 24, 2008 9:09 PM
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wow! i think i have send this at least three times in the last month talking with friends... but it sounded way better coming from him then me..

Posted by jess | May 25, 2008 1:07 PM
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Thanks for this, Dan. That guy is very well-spoken. And I agree with what he said. I'd love to get his opinion on Canada, my country.

Posted by Air | May 25, 2008 5:09 PM
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Dan, did you ghost write this spiel?

I love this.

Posted by Jennifer in Chicago | May 26, 2008 9:23 AM
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What a bunch of haters posting here. It sounds like some of you are primed for a Nazi-style purging of religious people.

If materialists are correct, maybe religion is an adaptation. In that case, can it be judged to be any worse than atheism, which can be no more than an alternative adaptation?

Posted by what | May 28, 2008 7:36 AM

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