League of Militant Atheists

The League of Militant Atheists, also know as the Union of Belligerent Atheists, existed in the Soviet Union between 1925 and 1947. It was a drive to eradicate religion and replace it with ‘Soviet power’. It hit the buffers when Comrade Stalin realised he was on a hiding to nothing with the eradication of religion.

You used to occasionally see stories about Japanese soldier stranded on Pacific islands that refused to surrender for decades after WWII was all done and dusted. Perhaps the Bideford Union of Belligerent Atheists (BUBA) fall into the same category?

Didn’t come to much then and it won’t come to much now.

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Must be Christmas

I seem to remember many years ago there was a comedy series on Meridian TV that was broadcast on Friday evening when the pubs had shut. The aim seemed to be to feature new and ‘edgy’ comedians. What always struck me was first their ‘southern middle-classishness’ and secondly their tendency to pick on Christianity as a target of their humour. I didn’t find their comedy particularly funny and in a lot of ways very childish in a ‘sniggerish’ sort of way. Perhaps what I would expect from young up and coming comedians looking for an easy target to portray their humour onto.

In many ways this style of God-botherer bashing has never gone away and has been continued with new comedians and organisations. The thing that does get to me though is that the target is almost always Christianity. Sometimes Jews, maybe Buddhists and Hindus, but very rarely will the things dear to the heart of Islam get the same treatment. One can only wonder why.