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Leave your God at home, it’s atheism night at the ballpark

Jul 12, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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The St. Paul Saints have never been afraid to court controversy when it comes to promotions. They’ve definitely stepped it up a bit with this one, as they’ll be hosting “A Night of Unbelievable Fun” and renaming themselves the St. Paul Aints on Aug. 10.

The night will be sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists, with the president of the American Atheists throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

“I think our message here and our brand of entertainment has always been one that’s been inclusive,” Saints GM Derek Sharrer told FOX Sports North. “When we were approached by the Minnesota Atheists, we felt like it was within our nature to be inclusive and certainly work with them to provide them the opportunity to provide their message in the same way that we have worked with hundreds and hundreds of faith-based groups over our 20 years here in St. Paul.”

No word on what else the Aints have planned for the night, but I’ll be disappointed if some fans aren’t invited on to the diamond for infidel practice.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    In case you were wondering, the Saints are short on name players at the moment. Former Royals outfielder Shane Costa and Yankees prospect Anthony Claggett are their most notable players. Long-time major leaguer Kerry Ligtenberg, who was signed by the Braves out of indy ball, is their pitching coach.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Cue the religious uproar?

    I don’t know exactly what to call the kind of joke “infidel practice” is (anagram humor?), but very clever!

    • Charles Gates - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      Infield practice. I chuckled.

  3. sabatimus - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    What, they couldn’t get Richard Dawkins? His asking price would probably be more than the team makes in a year.

    • jyoung1891 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      His recent death notwithstanding.

      • cosanostra71 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM

        Richard Dawkins is still alive.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

        You’re thinking of Christopher Hitchens.

      • jyoung1891 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        Oops. i was thinking of Richard Dawson.

  4. sictransitchris - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    I think it’s funny.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      Almost as funny as confusing Richard Dawkins with Richard Dawson.

      • sabatimus - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        Hey, that’s understandable, just look at how similar the names are! :)

  5. F14TRex.com - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Eh.

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Calling yourself the Aints is never a good idea. But I do like the irony.

  7. thatyankeedude - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Well who will b performing our scientific experiments for the evening with all the atheists at the ball park?

  8. mianfr - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Eh, this is kind of like one of those Seth McFarlane jokes that misses. I wonder how the players feel; there are a lot of very-religious baseball players.

    The justification is beyond stupid, though. “We try to be inclusive.” I’d love to see Islam Night at the ballpark.

    • Charles Gates - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      How is including a new group not inclusive?

      • mianfr - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        The point was more that they would never have something like Islam Night at the ballpark…

      • Charles Gates - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        Says who?

      • Ari Collins - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

        I would guess that, since they have had promotions featuring “hundreds” of faith-based groups, that an Islam Night (or something to that effect) has, in fact, occurred.

        If it hasn’t, that’s still no justification for not having an Atheists night. Just because you’re not all-inclusive (yet) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be inclusive.

      • js20011041 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        Would it be inappropriate to have a fireworks display at the conclusion of Islam night?

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        Why not? Islam means never having to say you’re sorry.

      • dadawg77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        If an Islamic group wanted to sponsor the night, I am sure the (S)aints would do it.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:41 AM

        I doubt there’d be a big demand for infidel practice that night.

  9. davemac32001 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it happen. Until then, it’s just a theoretical promotional idea.

  10. sabatimus - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Has anyone had a KKK night? It can’t be that much worse than Disco Demolition Night or Ten-Cent Beer Night…or maybe it could.

    • docktorellis - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Worth noting that Disco Demolition Night was the brain-child of Mike Veeck, who is co-owner of the Saints. An extraordinarilly fun team to root for, each and every year.

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Maybe they could call it a Special KKK night? They could advertise it as having 25% more droolers, knuckledraggers and anencephalics than a Tea Party night.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        Or NAACP Night where certain people get booed based on their skin color.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        *A reference to Mitt Romney’s appearance at the NCAACP Convention in Houston.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        *A reference to Mitt Romney’s appearance at their convention in Houston.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM

        Just tired of the double standard folks, and no I’m not white, but I am an American. I love HardballTalk, but I guess politics is unavoidable. Anyways, thanks for the forum, albeit with its leftist inclination.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

        So the NCAACP can complain about Romney daring to bring up the current African-American unemployment rate being 14.4% under the current administration and proclaim that it is “insensitive” to do so? Anyone else here see a problem with that and how that kind of logical suppression is detrimental to the good of not only African-Americans, but indeed society as a whole. So please, people on the left, you who pride yourself as being sooo open-minded, how about a little more open-mindedness? But, oh, I see, the Tea Party is racist.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        Or NAACP Night where certain people get booed based on their skin color.

        Or maybe it’s not a great idea for a rich, older white man to stand up in front of a group of African Americans and tell them he knows whats best for them?

      • dabbindan - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        i believe mitt got booed only when he dissed obamacare. that would be booed based on his ideas…or content of character.

    • cur68 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      I would LOVE a KKK night. Get them all in one place, copy down their license plates and let the FBI get a real good look at them. Great idea.

    • deepstblu - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      I suspect that in some of those old Class C and D leagues where they only drew a few hundred people per game, certain teams might have wished they could have a KKK night…

  11. randygnyc - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Free hot dogs and beer on Islam night? And think about how many baseball cap-burquas they would sell to the women.

    • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Halal hot dogs are not a problem – believe it or not, any devout Muslim can eat a Hebrew National hot dog. Non-alcoholic beer would be fine. Although to be honest, I’d be just as happy with a felafel in pita and a bottle of yran – preferably minted.

  12. Jonny 5 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    What message do atheists have to put out at a ball game ? No? Please lose your faith? I’m curious now. ” hello everyone!”? Yeah, that’s probably it. ;-P

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      This whole this is weird to me….but there are plenty of options for messages.

      Please keep your religion to yourself.

      Please stop trying to legislate your religious beliefs.

      Religious freedom includes freedom from religion.

      Don’t preach in our schools and we won’t think in your church.

      Man has created 1000s of gods (and groups of gods), at most, one is right, atheists have better odds.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM

        Please keep your “non-religion” to yourself. Thank you.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        It was a relevant answer to the question posed.

        Also, non-theists will keep their non-religion to themselves the day theists keep their religion to themselves. Until then, nobody is going back into the closet just because you threw a “please” and “thank you” on it.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        People that aren’t religious generally do keep their lack of faith to themselves…the general message is “leave us alone”, meaning stop trying to force everyone to believe as you do. Feel free to be religious as much or as little as you want, just provide those same freedoms to everyone else.

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        I love how any mention of atheists is “leftist” but a constant stream of religious blather isn’t “rightist”. We non-superstitious people have y’all stuffing your religions down our throat everywhere we go….we have just learned to ignore it most of the time.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        I don’t care what religion or non-religion anyone is really so I’m really not on board with paying money to see a ballgame then have to sit through any “message” from any of them. I’d rather see their mascot break dance with some kids or something to fill the time.

      • steelersfan1983 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        “Religious freedom includes freedom from religion.”

        Perfect!

  13. liner1900 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    The article has an error. For that one game, the team will be the “Mr.” Paul Aints, not “St.” Paul.

  14. docktorellis - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    If anyone wants to track down a good baseball read, I recommend ‘Slouching Toward Fargo,’ about the mid-nineties Saints, co-owner Bill Murray, and, of course, Jack Morris and Daryl Strawberry. My favorite promotion that got nixed: every Fathers’ Day giving away a gift certificate for one free vasectomy. Brilliant.

  15. bigleagues - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    In a perfect world, Bud Selig would be throwing out the first pitch.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Why, because he’s a (baseball) Creationist?

      • Old Gator - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        No, because he thinks he’s God.

      • hfspodcast - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        Because he’s the Baseball Anti-Christ

      • paperlions - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Only Christians believe in an anti-christ (or a Christ), so neither of those options would work. Maybe they could have an orangutan throw out the first pitch.

      • florida727 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        Actually, I’d expect the first pitch to explode from the pitcher’s mound and never cross home plate, you know, the whole “big bang theory” thing.

    • bigleagues - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Old Gator & hfspodcast are in the ballpark . . .

      Selig is a soulless.

      Then again I’m agnostic, so what the hell do I know.

  16. dad95 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Maybe Danny DARWIN can throw out the first pitch

    • ugglasforearms - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:14 AM

      To DARWIN Barney

  17. deepstblu - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    During the 7th inning stretch, will they play “Nobody Bless America?”

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      How about something actually fun and baseball-related, such as Take Me Out to the Ballgame? But if you insist on a second dose of patriotism besides the pre-game national anthem, try This Land Is Your Land, with all of Woody Guthrie’s verses, including the radical protest ones that conservatives prefer to ignore.

      • citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        Ah yes, Woody Guthrie, that guitar-plucking Stalin.

      • mgv38 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:55 AM

        Just as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” can actually ne considered a feminist song abut a girl who knows a lot about baseball and would prefer to go there on a date with her beau than to the “typical” Edwardian (and later Roaring 20s) era places. But we NEVER get those verses in the ballpark version.

      • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        Easily the dumbest, most ignorant, most irrelevant comment about Woody Guthrie ever posted to Circling the Bases. It doesn’t much sound like you even know who Stalin was in the first place, much less Woody Guthrie.

        Also doesn’t sound much like you know the difference between plucking and strumming.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        I was kind of hoping they would sing God Bless Despuchiland

  18. jerseypatriot76 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Jesus Christ, Cerrano. Let’s not start a holy war. By the way, I went to Islam night, what a blast!

    • mgv38 - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Yes, there was even a Grand I-Slam.

    • icewalker946 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curve ball?

  19. citizenking77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    NAACP Night would highlight the hypocrisy of the once storied organization. On such a night, given its recent behavior, white and black players would be held up to different standards, based on skin color. Look, I’m sorry if I offended some folks on here with my satire, but its really, really sad as we truly try to achieve a color-blind society to see the actions of the NAACP in recent years, and highlighted with their booing of Mitt Romney on Tuesday. I hope we can truly achieve what MLK was seeking, not some sort of retribution that we has humans always seem to regress towards.

    • 1historian - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:36 AM

      The reason why we will not have a color-blind society IMO is the simple fact that there are lots of folks who don’t want it – the race card is too lucrative to give up. It will take a few more generations until we have a color blind society, if ever.

      That having been said – The NAACP was created out of dire necessity in 1909. When it was needed in those early days it was there.

      But it is no longer needed or relevant – in 50 years we have come from Bull Connor to Barack Obama. The purpose for which the organization was created has been fulfilled, the work is done and it is time to stand on your own two feet. The longer it stays around the more meaningless it is and the more its history is tainted, because the current leaders are nothing to brag about.

      Besides – white is a color too.

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Let’s see:

        Unemployement rate for Whites: 7:5%
        Unemployement rate for African-Americans: 14.8%

        Incarceration rates for Whites Per 100,000: 678
        Incarceration rates for African-Americans per 100,000: 4,347

        Median Income for Whites: $50,000
        Median Income for African-Americans: $32,000

        Yep. All is equal.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Citizenking:
      I sincerely appreciate what you are doing.
      That said…you will get NOWHERE on HBT.
      Probably 95% left leaning w/ half of those being guilt ridden white dudes that have issues with God & Christians in general.
      This should come as no surprise with 90% of the HBT “contributors” being under 40.
      Stay away from Politics, don’t say anything negative (regardless of the logic) about anything remotely associated with minorities, the Left, Tree’s, Tree Hugging, Barry our fearless leader, endangered Frogs and the dissapearance of the ice crustaceans in the Antartic.
      I mean…think of the Penguins. If no ice crustaceans…what will they eat?
      You will find there are truly good people on HBT as a whole.
      They just think differently than us.
      But that’s okay too. As they say…it’s what makes the world go around.
      I just wonder what that world is gonna look like when my Children are grown and start providing me with Granchildren.

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        I mean…yeah, I would prefer not to have penguins starve. Though I think they mostly eat fish and squid…

      • Reflex - Jul 13, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        Reality has a well known liberal bias…

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Hmm…I thought Romney got booed because he was espousing Conservative ideologies to a predominately liberal crowd.

      I’m basing this a thing called “logic”, in that literally thousands of white people have spoken, boo-free, at NAACP gatherings and not been booed…

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Hahaha! I am with you Falcon. I like Penguins. I like looking at them.
        They make me smile. And yes…most do eat fish and squid. The Penquins I was referring to have a diet of mostly ice crustaceans. This specific type of Penquin that is.
        The ice is melting (cause’ of that damn MAN MADE global warming) I tell ya’!
        The Penquins have to travel farther and farther south each year to reach the crustaceans.
        I just know this is true cause’ I saw it on Discovery Channel. Or was it a PBS special?
        Hell I don’t know. Point is…Think. Of. The. Penquins.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        I’m an atheist and a liberal, but your stats making fun of equality between blacks and whites doesn’t really make a point. Are you saying there is some conspiracy to imprison black people and to keep them from getting good jobs?

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Holy shit bigmeechy, are you fucking shitting me? I was pointing out inequalities, and that African-Americans are still at a distinct disadvantage in society for a number of reasons. Do you really think the options are A). All Is Equal or B). Massive White Conspiracy to keep black people down. Are you too fucking stupid to not believe there is a whole, planet size other number of possibilities inbetween?!?!

        I honestly would have commented with a sincere answer, but your response was so mindblowingly ignorant of the ways of the world, that the only possible response is to attempt to shame you into not speaking anymore. Just stop, you look like an idiot.

  20. humanexcrement - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    I hereby renounce 32 years of Yankee fandom and have become a St. Paul Saints fan.

    I want to make it clear that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES would I ever attempt to deny the right of a person to practice the religion they choose. If anyone ever attempted to do so, I would be right next to you standing against it. What I am against is the attempts of religious groups to legislate and enforce their religious policies on the public. Oh, it’s God’s law? Then let God enforce it himself. Why does God need so many middlemen, none of whom can agree with each other about anything anyway? Oh, yeah, killing is wrong, how would we ever know that if it weren’t for religion? Except most protestants will say it’s wrong except for punishing murderers. Catholics say it’s not even right in those circumstances. An Amishman will say it’s not permissible even in self-defense, and a Buddhist won’t even kill a housefly. The only way to approach a polyglot society is by leaving religion off the table in government affairs. I’m not saying you can’t have it, I’m saying you can’t expect me to follow it. What other opinion and worldview markets itself as exempt from any standard of evidence and criticism? Nobody in their right mind would shoot their mouth off about politics or sports or anything under the sun and then hide under this cowardly blanket of “offense” when someone dares to disagree with them. We live in a country where the President of the United States claims to communicate with the creator of the universe via telepathy, where every city has several religious TV and radio stations (which is okay, btw, I would never argue to censor them), but when one person says they don’t believe in any religion at all, that they think the concept of deities is mythological, it’s offensive. The hateful people of the world went after minority races. We took it from them tooth and nail. They went after women. We took that from them too. Now they’re going after gay people, and we’re gradually winning that fight. Mark my words, when that’s over, they’ll come after the atheist/agnostic/secular community. Because the invisible man who talks inside their heads is always right.

    • paperlions - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      Well, if they are going to go after atheists, they are going to have to kill off most of the smartest people in the world, nearly everyone that practices medicine or that does medical research and just about anyone that studies natural systems.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        “they are going to have to kill off most of the smartest people in the world.”

        Paper…do you not realize this makes you appear to be incredibly arrogant pompous ass?
        I know that isn’t the case. But damn Man!

        “nearly everyone that practices medicine or that does medical research and just about anyone that studies natural systems.”

        This is simply not true. I have (3) close friends who are Doctors and (1) who is a Biologist.
        They are all religious people who go to Church every Sunday.

    • sportsdrenched.com - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      I just wonder, Why do you have this moral sense that murder (note I said murder, killing is something else) is wrong? And that you DON’T need a religion or a diety to tell you that. Where does that come from.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

        Great question Sportsdrenched.
        I am going to go out on a limb here and say the answer is…
        The morel sense comes from their Parents, loved ones, the way they were raised, etc…
        Although there are plenty of people who were raised in loving environments and still commit murder. But yeah…I am sticking with the home thing.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Comes from the fact that morality is an implicit social contract. Plenty of areas never touched by Abrahamic religions also think murder is wrong. Where’d they get it from? Also, it kind of terrifies me that some people seem to think that if it wasn’t for the threat of retribution from the magic sky fairy they’d have no problems casually murdering people. That’s the implication I get from those kinds of statements.

      • Loren - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        I’m not religious, but I think Jesus allegedly put it as succinctly as possible:
        “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
        It’s all you really need and I think it comes naturally to people living in a communal society.

      • humanexcrement - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        So are you saying that if you didn’t belong to whatever religious group you belong to, you’d be out murdering people? It comes from years of evolution as a social species, but it’s not perfect. What about all the people who DON’T have a moral sense that murder is wrong? What about people who enjoy murdering others? Where does that come from? And again, we all have a different definition of what constitutes murder as opposed to justified killing–look at the Treyvon Martin case, for instance.

      • sportsdrenched.com - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        You’re reading too much into the question. I said in the original statement that even those who are not religious have sense of morality. And I wondered where it came from. It’s a general question pertinent to the discussion.

        Even those who are offended by religion by itself have a sense or morailty, how do they determine religion to be BAD?

        There is a good and there is an evil. To me the fact that MOST people have a sense or right and wrong speaks to me that there is a creator regardless if said people follow their own morality. Because no one does, and because we have the free will to do so re-enforces that, at least to me.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

        Right, but it’s a leap to go from “it must come from somewhere” to “it was endowed upon us by a creator.” If the latter was the case, then how come there has been a constant moral evolution throughout human history? Rather, it comes from, as I stated, an implicit social contract. Society evolves to discard that which is detrimental to it and accept what isn’t as its understanding of what is detrimental and non-detrimental changes. If a creator endowed morality, how come it took us so long to go through the moral evolution that we’ve seen? How come there was a need for any moral evolution at all. Did the creator endow people up until two hundred years ago the moral idea that owning other human beings was acceptable, and then change the moral endowment gradually from there?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      HC: You are entitled to believe (or not believe) anything you want.
      I have a couple of friends who are atheists. We actually have a great time giving one another a hard time about it. But it is in fun. Cause’ again…people can believe what they want.
      I just have an issue when someone tries to “explain” to me why they are correct.
      No different than myself trying to call them out for their belief. Just plain wrong.
      This is still America after all.

      • humanexcrement - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        I’m not sure if HC is me or not, but why is it wrong to explain why I think I’m right about anything? I thought the spirit of discourse was part of American tradition. I have changed my opinion (I don’t say “belief” because that sort of implies extra weight. There’s nothing sacred about “belief” to me) about any number of things over the years. Why? Because I heard people make good arguments against what I previously thought. Honest discourse is the only way toward a productive civilization. But if you insist on this idea that “explaining” your side of an issue, I would suggest not reading the comments on a blog post on said issue, first of all. In fact, don’t read anything. Just sit at home and watch reruns for the rest of your life.

      • humanexcrement - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        excuse me, that should say “If you insist on this idea that “explaining” your side of an issue is wrong….”

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      HE:
      “I would suggest not reading the comments on a blog post on said issue, first of all. In fact, don’t read anything. Just sit at home and watch reruns for the rest of your life.”

      Wow. Of course a good, honest civil discourse (even a hard debate) is positive.
      I apparently shouldn’t have used the word “explain.” Bad choice and it obviously tripped you up on the whole thing. I apologize. With that in mind…I can only assume you missed the 1st and last sentences of my post. I will include them again.
      “You are entitled to believe (or not believe) anything you want.”
      “This is still America after all.”

      Geesh Man! It’s a freaking Friday. Turn that frown upside down.

      • humanexcrement - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:05 AM

        Ah, the old “atheists are unhappy” argument. It is totally possible to be irritated about one or two specific issues without being unhappy about one’s position in life. Even if I were a totally miserable person, which I am not, I assure you, it wouldn’t prove me wrong or you right. It’s an appeal to emotion, another classic fallback of religious people with no evidence. I bet the Jonestown folks were pretty damn happy.

  21. omniusprime - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    About time us Atheists get some love too. Kudos to the Minnesota Aints for having the balls to defy the religious fanatics. Personally I abhor all the religious nonsense brought to sports, the idiot athletes who praise jesus for their home runs or touchdowns instead of their hard work and a little luck.

  22. thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    As an atheist who politely sat through an Asheville Tourists game sponsored by a local church on the 4th of July (which included a pre and postgame prayer over the PA and a post-game “How I I Found Jesus and Stopped My Wicked Ways ” reading by someone involved in the church), whole heatedly endorse this night.

    If you’re okay with a team having a night like that, it’s kind of silly to get in an uproar because they have a night dedicated to something you don’t believe in.

  23. stlouis1baseball - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    The bigger question (and one I can’t believe hasn’t already been posed):
    Why isn’t Calcaterra covering this one? It’s right up his alley!

  24. ccmf69 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    “I would LOVE a KKK night….”…It would certainly give the phrase, “3 sheets to the wind” a whole new meaning…

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