Gnu atheism

h/t: Hamilton Jacobi


  1. Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    So wonderfully silly, I am splitting my sides with laughter.

  2. Posted July 27, 2010 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    The Lion of Judah will sort out those Gnu Atheists!

    (if he actually exists, which I have to rudely point out is rather unlikely)

    • Posted July 27, 2010 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      Revelation 5:5, you buncha heathen!

      “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”

      If only his followers would open a book now and then.

  3. Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought you’d be talking about this GNU.

    • Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:01 am | Permalink

      But it would be even better if it were this one!

    • Hamilton Jacobi
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      As a Gnu Emacs user, that’s actually what gave me the idea (although technically that kind of Gnu is pronounced differently).

      • Notagod
        Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        GNU Emacs is God.

      • Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

        I really prefer “Gnu Atheism” to “New Atheism”. It highlights the silliness of atheism being “new” rather than “old” to the title. I think I will use it from now on instead of “New Atheism”.

  4. Hamilton Jacobi
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Where’s “Tom Johnson”? You need to add a little weasel eavesdropping in the corner.

  5. Dominic
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    … & as Flanders & Swann sang
    “I’m a gnu a-g-nother gnu
    I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you”.

    • Aidan Karley
      Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Exactly what was going through my mind too.

  6. Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink


    Thanks, doc, I needed that.

  7. Sven DiMilo
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    the one on the right is a sockpuppeting oryx

  8. Hitch
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    GNU – Gnu not unicorn.

    • Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Nice one.

    • Hamilton Jacobi
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      How about “GNU’s Not Uncivil”? (context here)

  9. Scote
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I eagarly await Chris Mooney’s “elevation” of this incontrovertible photographic proof to a post on the incivility of New Atheists… 🙂

  10. Posted July 27, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Lolz! Strident Gnu iz strident.

  11. Delusional
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink


    They prefer to be called “Connochaetan-Americans”, thank you very much.

    • articulett
      Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      GA’s: So strident! So confrontational! So shrill!

      • Delusional
        Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

        How ghastly!
        Who let such Bohemian rapscallions in here?

  12. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh. I thought I saw that, but I didn’t riddle it – I didn’t kgnow the right prognunciation then.


  13. gruebait
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    When I read the headline, I thought Hurd, not herd…

  14. mike m
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Damn unemployed atheist wildebeest got no culture.

  15. Microraptor
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Well, there’s good gnus, and there’s bad gnus…

    • John Fox
      Posted April 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      no gnus is good gnus.

  16. Gunga Lagunga
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    This isn’t gnus. Besides, I’m the one on the left.

  17. Matti K.
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful new descriptor for outspoken atheists!

    It may be, though, that the accommodationists prefer the english translation for “wildebeest”:

  18. Paul W., OM
    Posted July 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Come to think of it, I’ve never heard of a gnu believing in god(s).

    Is gnu atheism unanimous?

    • Delusional
      Posted July 29, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

      I think a lot of them just follow the herd.

  19. Posted July 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Gnu Atheist says,

    “Religion is the opiate of the mooses.”

    • whyevolutionistrue
      Posted July 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      groan. . . .

  20. Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    I just gnu people would try to be punny. Now all we need is Keyboard Cat playing us off with a kazoo.

  21. Moochie
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I would be “splitting my sides with laughter” too, but can a rotund object be said to have sides? I fear I shall simply burst, and then where would I be?

    • nazani14
      Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Oh, go on.
      It’s wafer thin.

  22. Posted August 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I like this (ok, “my”) definition (previously posted here) of Gnu Atheism, based on the Wikipedia entry for New Atheist:

    Gnu Atheism refers to a 21st century movement in atheism. The term is applied, affectionately, to outspoken individuals who share their ideas freely on the interwebs without of restricting them to best-selling books or academic journal articles. These include PZ Myers, Sam Harris, Daniel C. Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens. They and other supporters of the Gnu Atheism movement are but critics of religion. They state that human knowledge has reached the point where it is no longer appropriate to base truth claims or moral positions on religion, superstition, or religion-based fanaticism.

    • John Fox
      Posted September 13, 2010 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      spelt G-N-U? The gnicest piece of gnature in the zoo?
      Or – No gnus is good gnus?
      Would ‘wildebeest atheist’ do as well?

  23. Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    The non-gnu may be wrong, but they’ve got a better sense of humour than the gnu…

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