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drtummy

Subject: Greetings

Hi Bob,
Greetings to thee and all who look like thee. May I please ask you some questions? I realize you're very busy so please take your time.

1. When you appear in public dressed as Satan or not dressed as Satan but actively opposing the dipshits who espouse their sanctioned retardation (i.e. Christianity) do you ever fear that some no-neck moron would assault you physically? Have you ever actually been assaulted by said no-neck morons? I fear for your safety for there are many no-neck morons that would think they do their worthless god a favor by putting you in the hospital.

2. I realize you feel Christianity is harmful but it's not clear to me how. Could you please explain or direct me to any explanation already posted by you? What about soup kitchens and attempts to clothe the poor, etc. They (Christians) do tend to do things like that. Is that also harmful?

3. Do you really get as much pussy as you kind of hint that you do or is that just male bragging? I mean, you might. You're a good looking guy but I'm not gay so don't call me a fag. Anyhoo, do you have any advice? I'm kind of shy around girls but really want to pork one or two.

4. I really like Contemporary Christian like what they play on K-Love but I'm pretty much an atheist. WTF???

Your help in these matters would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,
Dr. Tummy

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1. When you appear in public dressed as Satan or not dressed as Satan but actively opposing the dipshits who espouse their sanctioned retardation (i.e. Christianity) do you ever fear that some no-neck moron would assault you physically? Have you ever actually been assaulted by said no-neck morons? I fear for your safety for there are many no-neck morons that would think they do their worthless god a favor by putting you in the hospital.
No, there is no fear on my end of the no-neck morons. One of the major revelations I've had in the last several years is that we humans tend to fear shit that ain't never gonna happen, and then we let that fear stop us. Remember that part in Fight Club where he describes how difficult it can be to pick a fight with someone who will actually go to the lengths of literally fist-fighting you? Well, there's a lot of truth to that statement. And that goes double if you're a 6'3" shaved-head man with adequate posture who looks where he's walking. The addition of red face paint, horns and 4" platform shoes doesn't hurt either.

2. I realize you feel Christianity is harmful but it's not clear to me how. Could you please explain or direct me to any explanation already posted by you? What about soup kitchens and attempts to clothe the poor, etc. They (Christians) do tend to do things like that. Is that also harmful?
No problem. I felt that I addressed this topic beautifully on page 319 with my letters to June, which she forwarded to her Episcopal Priest, which resulted in me never hearing back from her ever again, which tells me I must be right.

3. Do you really get as much pussy as you kind of hint that you do or is that just male bragging? I mean, you might. You're a good looking guy but I'm not gay so don't call me a fag. Anyhoo, do you have any advice? I'm kind of shy around girls but really want to pork one or two.
No. I do not get as much pussy as you think I brag about. In fact, I get very little pussy, so I am probably the last person you want to seek advice from on this issue. But here's what I'd tell you anyhow- Be the lead singer in a band. Either that or be really, really, really good looking.

4. I really like Contemporary Christian music, like what they play on K-Love but I'm pretty much an atheist. WTF???
Oh my. Yeah, we could never be friends.

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cara

Hello there sir!
I love your site and owe you a great thanks for helping me through the difficult journey to the land of Atheism. It was especially difficult for me because I grew up in Tallahassee, the very tip of the Bible Belt. Reading your site regularly has helped me feel accepted in a world that doesn't like to recognize people who choose not to believe.

In order to thank you properly, I did your portrait through the eyes of a Bible Beater. I think your hate-mailers would find it an accurate depiction.
caraart

A million thanks to you, Bob!
Cara Pentecost

P.S. Now that I did your portrait, would you have sex with me?

 

Chrissy's English 100 assignment was to write an essay about someone she believed to be a messenger to humanity. Someone who had dominant traits that helped them stand out from the crowd and bring something to society that helped everyone for the better despite struggles they had to overcome.
Take a guess who she wrote about.
Chrissy

Atheism.
When someone hears this word, they think of spiteful, god-hating pessimists. The fact of the matter is, true atheism is not hateful at all. It opens new ways of thinking, by not constricting people with the rules and guidelines of religion. One man is breaking through to show the world true atheism in a slightly offensive, but affective manner. With a strong message and firm belief, Normal Bob Smith is revealing the truth about religion and atheism through his outspoken honesty, courage, and humor that grabs the attention of all who stumble across him.


His blunt honesty is captivating, and backed with a creative and thoughtful logic. This, among other qualities, helps spread his message due to the fact his lack of sugar-coating grabs peoples attention, and also helps them. Although many find it offensive and against the grain, he has no problem spreading his message in any way he sees fit. His honesty comes from the experience he gained through converting to atheism after holding the Christian belief for 29 years. As his life took a rough turn, he came to a realization after a mental breakdown which started him on his path to atheism. "I wanted to be heard, and I felt like a [ticked] off messenger who'd been duped for so many years, and wanted to knock the castle walls in on the lie of God and Christianity."

He started shifting towards a belief that would soon help others when he hit the internet and the streets of New York. His message was simple - gods, souls, the afterlife - was all a creation of the human mind to answer questions beyond comprehension. Some people took his word in utter disbelief, but some took it for more. His simplistic honesty struck those questioning their own beliefs and helped them see something they may have never thought of before- that the contradictory and clouding views of religion, when dropped, made life more open-minded and full of more possibility. The possibilities that were shunned by religion because they did not follow religions narrow-minded belief. This unabashed view helped open the minds of religious questioners everywhere - and helped them through the same experiences Normal Bob had been going through himself. They began dropping the confusion and pain religion brought them and began accepting Atheism. This, more than the loads of humorous hate mail he received, was what he aimed for. "What I want is what I didn't have. And that's a place to go to for advice and humor when that someone is going through the realization that he/she has been taught a bunch of bull."
His experience with religion and the honesty he shared helped people open their minds. He helped others break through the barrier that created a moral and personal struggle and caused them to find happiness in life. Many of Normal Bob's fans share their similar stories of upset into conversion through e-mail, which is posted in the fan mail section of his website to celebrate those who have accepted his message.

Normal Bob's humor is truly what gets people talking and spreading his message. When he first began his conversion to Atheism, he vented his anger towards his previous religion through art, a talent and hobby of his. His first creation (which is still largely controversial today) was Jesus Dress-up, which was a hit before he even posted it to his website.
"I remember sketching it out at my desk and really being into it... then, as I was inking it, my mom came into my room without my knowing... looked over my shoulder at what I was drawing... and she screamed, "Bobby, No!!" And I said something like "Oh, Mom, it's just a drawing" as she fled my room. It was then that I knew I had something good."
The reaction from his mother was only the beginning of the reactions he got from others, which vary from adoration to anger. Every single reaction was a success - whether people were appalled or amused, they spread Jesus Dress-up to friends, co-workers, etc. The first Jesus Dress-up was one of many dress-ups starring extremely religious figures, but he has also created comics and pamphlets poking fun at religion itself. One of his biggest acts is the most satirical - hitting the streets of New York dressed as none other than Satan himself. No matter what belief people held, this was the biggest head-turner of all. "I wanted people to look at it and not know if I was serious or not. But most importantly, I wanted to convey the joke of how funny it is that Satan made Jesus dress-up and hands out 'God is Fake' fliers."
Many people did take the joke well, just as Normal Bob had wanted. Other than honesty, he wanted humor to be another large factor in his message and his website. His satirical and offensive take on religion has provided relief for those who needed a source of comic relief during the difficult process of conversion and losing faith. His humor makes something that is a major part in many peoples lives seem more like something that could be joked about. It is a different way to look at religion, but it has helped many people smile and feel more comfortable with their new-found belief. Normal Bob Smith's goal has been humor first since the beginning.
"I knew from the beginning that if it made people laugh they'd return and stick around." And he was right. Those who have accepted his message (and help spread it) have been long-time fans who have checked out his website and kept up with his events for years.

The most important trait Normal Bob Smith possesses that makes him an incredible messenger to humanity is his courage. His conversion shifted his life, and pointed it in a new direction - the east coast. "[moving to New York] was worth losing everything for... car, Chicago, home, job, et cetera."
The first big change in his life was also a big risk, but his pursuit for happiness pushed aside all the factors weighing against him. This action was drastic, and many people would never imagine getting up and leaving home. But Normal Bob Smith had a message to spread, and even the possibility of being left with nothing did not stop him. Before his message even hit, his courage to uphold his belief was stronger than the courage of most. After his message did hit, though, there was no sign of stopping him. This was seen as unfortunate to those who disapproved of him entirely, and some went as far as sending death threats via email. Although they tried, it did not stop Normal Bob Smith for a moment.
"And let me emphasize that not one has ever scared me. I know they're from children, or people who are just trying to scare me. Email messages are completely empty when it comes to threats." He says the courage it took to start up his message came naturally. He knew his beliefs and what he was going to share from the beginning, and he has yet to change or twist his solid belief. His message would be backed by his strength, and he would not stop for anyone who thought he wouldn't make it. He not only had the guts, but he also had an incredible logic that kept him from fading out. Normal Bob Smith broke out into the world, solo, and blew everyone back with his confidence in his Atheist belief. "Everyone told me that my time would be short...and I've really enjoyed proving myself to everyone."

Normal Bob Smith does not fit the mold of past messengers to humanity when it comes to his expression through artwork and his sarcastic undertones. But, like past messengers the general public associates with, he is using bold traits that make him stand out from the ordinary - plus a bit of red face paint. His honesty keeps him from fading into the realm of those who sugar-coated their message so immensely that it fell off the map. His humor makes his message fresh and fun, and attracts not only support, but disdain. Lastly but not least, his courage makes him stand out from the rest and shows his true devotion to his message. Normal Bob Smith is breaking through society's religious bonds and showing true Atheism. There is more than enough power behind one man to spread this well-needed reality check to all - that not being constricted by a religious belief opens up your eyes to the world and life as we know it more than a god ever could.

 

I thought I'd write you a fan letter (they don't get publically answered the way your hate mail does). I have been a fan for several years and love your ability to respond to the religious crackpots who write you threatening misspelled emails. I would love to have a blog that attracted that kind of response so I could answer back. So few bloggers do.

My just reactivated blog is here
And you're listed in the links section. If you were curious about me (and why ever should you be), my MySpace page is here
My YouTube videos are here
My website that will link them altogether (still under constuction) will be here


My son committed suicide last year. He belonged to the Church of Satan which, before he broke off contact with me six years ago, I tried to tell him was just as bogus as all the other religions -- I think that's why he stopped having contact with me; I was ridiculing his faith. Sorry, but I can't take supernatural evil seriously. The whole devil thing makes me laugh and always has -- more so even than the non-dark side of the force. His passing killed off the last little bit of residual hope that there might be some kind of afterlife. He was a big Stephen King fan from the age of 8 and was always a horror afficionado. He saw every horror movie there ever was and read thousands of horror books If anyone who ever lived ought to have been able to figure out a way to break on through from the other side, it would be him. But no ghost. At first I pictured him appearing at my bedside with the head wound there for all to see, talking normally like Griffin Dunne to David Naughton in American Werewolf in London. But no sign. I don't talk to him, or feel his presence looking down on me from a Better Place. He is simply gone. The only down side to that is that I never will get to sit down with him spirit to spirit and clear the air, resolve all misunderstandings, and find out what the heck it was that bothered him about being alive. What it seems to me is he died from depression precipitated by a loss of faith in . . . Satan! That's almost too much of an absurdity even for me, connoisseur of absurdities, to take.

So, what can I say. Keep on giving 'em hell (I know; we don't believe in hell, but it's more fun to say than "keep on giving them reason and logic").

Paranoid Pessimist

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Wow, that's quite a story, PP. I saw you said that his death erased any last shred of hope you had for the afterlife. Out of curiosity did the event make you want to avoid the topic, or did it make you delve deeper into the topic even further. I would like to know if my site helped or hindered the recovery in any way.

I can't imagine going through what you did. It sounds like you're coping.
Thanks.

Bob


Your site neither helped nor hurt. I've just enjoyed it for a long time and wish I could get one going that would inspire hate mail that I could answer back. I like the way you take even the most illiterate hate screamer and treat them with enough respect to give them a civil answer.
pp

Actually, I hadn't even realized I HAD a shred of hope that an afterlife existed. It's kind of a hard pill to swallow that the "story" of he and me is irrevocably over, that there never will be a reconciliatory soul hug in the Great Beyond. I understand better why people believe that their loved ones are looking down on them from Heaven. It's a comforting belief. I used to seek out opportunities to argue with people about religion until I began thinking that religion is a security blanket and what do I have to offer in its place -- get tough enough to endure the cold? Works for me, but not for everyone. Now I only confront religious people when they try to convert me.


At one point during the early 70s Hollywood Boulevard was taken over by swarms of Jesus Freaks and I used to go over there and go up against them. I was so good at it that the merchants were ready to take up a collection to pay me to continue to do so. But I was living in L.A. without a car in those days and the bus ride from work to Hollywood Boulevard to home was too long and bothersome to do more than once in a while.

I'm writing an essay for the paranoidpessimist blog part of the site that uses some of the death threats you get as the taking off point. I'm fascinated by people who believe that threatening someone's life is a What Would Jesus Do. Like several people who have published recent books (Chris Hedges), I'm scared shitless of the religious right gaining political power. They's gladly start up the inquisition up again.

Paranoid Pessimist

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