If you get a chance check out his website ... I laugh until tears stream down my face while reading some of his exchanges
I found the missing link.
I wish I had his gift to get annoying people to tell me never to email them again.
I love this guy! Laughed out loud a LOT while reading through it! HILARIOUS!!!!!!!
but Thorne is an asshole. If my co-worker had trashed my iPhone I would respond with sugar in his gas tank.
almost fell off my chair laughing at that one.
I honestly had to wipe tears off my cheeks when I first read that one
The plank of wood employee of the month almost pushed me over the edge
the actual quote is "27b *stroke* 6"
I guess the other domain was already taken though by some rock band using that name.
Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.
I never saw it, but it was in my list of movies to watch. Unfortunately, that list of movies is in my head and the older I get the shorter the list gets.
Thanks for reminding me!
Thankyou for contacting me.
I am currently away on leave, traveling through time and will be returning last week.
which doesn't do a very good job of modeling a nonreligious adherence to ethics.
Does not appreciate his kind of humor. Obviously, it's satire. Obviously (to me, anyway) this man was trying to be funny - and I thought he succeeded remarkably well. You know, I laughed so hard I had to show this to my dad - and he said pretty much the same thing you did. He just grimaced through the whole reading.
How can you NOT laugh at that?
as god talking to you via a burning bush?
They did not have computers back in olden days so I guess burning bushes were a good form of communication for god a few thousand years ago. Luckily we humans finally invented computers so god does not have to set fire to shrubbery to speak to his/her/its followers.
Having a vaguely anthropomorphic rabbit break a giant egg on your head simply adds insult to injury.
I mean, one could get stabbed.
With crucifixion, at least you're getting out into the open air...
10 to read the post and 20 minutes laughing !!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the post..
I cracked up until I am now aching with laughter.
I am having a hard time understanding why this guy would waste his time and money with a religious private school for his offspring.
See the email where the dad tells the "School Chaplain" that he is required by law to go by the title "Christian Volunteer" (the religious guy clearly has resisted this title change).
On edit, this is on David Thorne's website:
While preaching is not allowed in Australian public schools, it is apparently fine to replace school counsellors with 'Christian Volunteers' such as Darryl. A few years ago, the government realised that they could hand over school counselling roles to a willing Christian church without having to pay for the privilege. Now almost half of Australian public schools have a Christian volunteer as a full time member of the school community with parents having no direct control of how much their children are exposed to. Although usually an advocate of people being entitled to their opinions, sexual preferences and beliefs, I seem to have developed some form of mental glitch that makes me want to punch Daryl's fat head.
... a religious school would not require a permission slip or hold the program off of the school grounds. Nor would they be required by law to rename the "school Chaplin" "Christian Volunteer". This is a Public school playing fast and loose with the law.
It's wrong, and needs to be gotten rid of...
This program should be opposed as direct government funding of religion bad public policy. Taxpayers' money spent in education should employ the best people available to help students, not just the religious.The preferencing of the religious, over the non-religious, for no reason other than their religiousness, is unacceptable in Government policy, particularly at a Commonwealth level. At the very least all schools should to given the choice employ non-religious counsellors or welfare workers under this program, not just those that cannot find a chaplain.
The NSCP breaches the spirit of the Australian Constitution. It undermines the separation of church and state. It is at odds with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Declaration on Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981) ("the Religion Declaration" which are incorporated into Australian Law through the operation of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986.
And in the Budget of a few weeks ago brought to us by a hard-line conservative government, they've cut funding for any secular counsellors...
A school group says the scrapping of funding for non-religious counsellors under the National School Chaplaincy Program is doing students a disservice.
Labor allowed secular student welfare workers to be funded under the scheme but the Federal Government has reversed the decision in the federal budget and will only pay for chaplains.
Kylie Catto from the West Australian Council of State School Organisations is unhappy with the move.
"State schools provide for a very diverse population of students, the current program gives them the option of having a school chaplain or a student welfare worker, we think that works well, giving schools the choice and we believe removing the choice is inappropriate," Ms Catto said.
She says it is particularly disappointing given schools are under increasing pressure to provide pastoral care.
btw, David Thorne's really fucking funny. If anyone hasn't read more of his stuff, they should go and do it coz it's hilarious...
I think a public school trip to see a play about Easter and the resurrection is ridiculous. However, what I got from this was an atheist giving a Christian a great story to tell at Church about what an ass this guy is.
Had he chosen to organize a protest to this field trip I would have supported him. But his emails were mean and mocking and basically supported everything negative that Christians like to believe about Atheists.
Wouldn't he look ridiculous protesting a children's play when it's off school property and all attendees have signed permission slips? You'd be all for that?! LOL.
I don't think he was mean. Mocking, yes. Sarcastic, yes. Funny, yes... unless you're a Christian. Mean, no. He used no bad language. He didn't even sound angry.
I doubt the "Christian Volunteer" will be relating this humiliating exchange to anyone.
He did not demonstrate EVERYTHING negative that Christians like to believe about atheists. There are far, far more worse things they believe than that atheists often mock them.
Thanks for being so concerned though.
Of course he will be relating this exchange. It didn't humiliate him at all. The parent behaved like a superior jerk. If the Christian volunteer is a decent guy, he'll probably ask others at his church to pray for this parent and particularly the man's child who has been denied any exposure to the word of God.
In terms of protest, the question would be to at least file a public information request to determine if any school funds and/or staff time were expended on behalf of this 'field trip.'
As a school sponsored activity it could be viewed as discriminatory because while non-Christian students are allowed to decline, if the school is 90% Christian, that obviously 'others' these students in a manner that has been deemed unacceptable.
...in the first place to give kids "spirituality, morality, etc." is being a superior jerk. It's saying, "I know what your kids need to be better human beings--that they're not getting from their parents." That's a jerk. These kids aren't his, they don't even belong to his church, but there he is, using his position to get those kids into his church to show them a play he says isn't indoctrination. That's a jerk.
And him saying, "I'll pray for you"--that's not a superior jerk?
Take a look at it from the other side. The superior jerk started the ball rolling. He's the one saying to a kid's parent that the kid is not going to moral or good or balanced or know beauty, etc. if the parent continues to forgo teaching him what ONLY the christian church can teach him.
What a jerk.
He is definitely arrogant and disingenuous as well. (Accidentally checking the box? Yeah right.) I didn't and don't mind a parent calling him out. I just didn't find the manner to be at all funny or helpful. I honestly would have preferred righteous indignation and anger.
...and the poor child who has been denied the word of a superior being? What a sanctimonious little act that would be!
Sounds like something a superior jerk would do. There are many other instances of smug self-righteousness and outright lies that the so-called "School Chaplain" (a FALSE TITLE) wrote.
Some things deserve to be mocked & dismissed. I'm beyond caring if you think it's rude. After 12 years of catholic schools, going to mass 6 times a week, etc. etc., I've earned the right to say what I want about religion and those who push it.
And for the life-long non-religionists... well, laughing at the whole spectacle is like chuckling at a clown act. The fact that the clowns take it and themselves so seriously makes it all even more hilarious.
I'm just dismissing the notion that the parent succeeded at anything. You have two people who consider themselves superior to each other for different reasons. Neither mind was at all changed and if anything both felt vindicated and reinforced in their belief systems afterwards.
...and giving a lot of other people belly laughs. I doubt he was trying for anything more than that. I find it funny that you are taking this sooooo seriously. They were vindicated and reinforced in their belief systems? Protests and righteous indignation would end up that way as well, without being amusing to anyone.
Toward the end the dad tells the guy he is supposed to go by the title "Christian Volunteer" because it's a public school. They're in Australia, BTW.
I think this Dad and I would get along just fine.
He didn't need to go to quite such extreme assholy-sarcasm to make the point that he didn't want his kid to take part.
The Dad is a witty guy. I laughed at what he wrote, but I know when enough is enough. The chaplain guy pretty much said "if you don't want your child to attend, check the box", then 'witty dad' kept dragging it out. While I was reading this, I went from "you tell them, dad!" to "get a life, loser".
voice slamming away. I didn't find this funny.
I was trying to think of who this guy reminds me of....My Asshole Uncle! I bet they both enjoy pulling wings off of butterflies.
giving the kid permission to attend the event.
but, your point is what jumped out at me.
That the box was accidentally checked and he noticed only after printing them all off (and that he didn't notice and REPRINT THEM without the check in that box) is bold faced bullshit.
He interacted well pretty much in the e-mail exchange, but frankly from the point of writing that was accidental he deserved the rest of it.
The school chaplain/Christian volunteer could have saved himself a lot of back and forth (and some ugly PR) if he'd simply had the permission forms reprinted as soon as he noticed the error. If my kid brought home a pre-checked permission slip from school, I would be none too pleased--though I doubt I would have the presence of mind to react as consistently and persistently annoyingly as David Thorne did.
Wow, our boy slammed that one home. And the priest can't figure it out and keeps weighing in...
What's so offensive about the field trip to see a play about the Resurrection is that those parents who want their kids exposed to this sort of thing are already attending some sort of church. Once again, it's all about the religious a-holes wanting to force their belief system on everyone else.
Trying to print it out, and the image don't wanna play.
BTW... Whatever happened to DU's Print-Friendy feature ???
This had me in stitches.
I'm still cracking up just reading it again. ROFLMAO!
I couldn't stop laughing long enough to take a breath
I thought when they moved the stone from the cave opening Jesus came out, saw his shadow, and we had six more weeks of winter.
From Thorne's website:
While preaching is not allowed in Australian public schools, it is apparently fine to replace school counsellors with 'Christian Volunteers' such as Darryl.
A few years ago, the government realised that they could hand over school counselling roles to a willing Christian church without having to pay for the privilege. Now almost half of Australian public schools have a Christian volunteer as a full time member of the school community with parents having no direct control of how much their children are exposed to.
Although usually an advocate of people being entitled to their opinions, sexual preferences and beliefs, I seem to have developed some form of mental glitch that makes me want to punch Daryl's fat head.
I don't think I've laughed so hard in months. Anyone else in the house is probably wondering if I've finally lost my marbles. But I laughed so hard I cried a little. That was absolutely fantastic. I wonder if the Father is a professional writer? He has a style that reminds me a little bit of Dean Koontz.
There's a lot more interactions with co-workers, neighbors, clients, etc. at the link. He's been making me laugh for years.
But following the links provided was not funny or fun. I find this guy to be an asshole that feels entitled to constantly harass anyone who has the misfortune to be in his sphere. He is a bully disguised as a witty and enjoyable writer and while he may be both of those things, he gets his enjoyment at the expense of someone else. To put it bluntly, this is a mean man doing mean things in order to amuse himself, no matter the cost to others.
it's a lot like saying Uwe Boll or George Lucas are the best directors because they made fun of Bush once
That's the first time I've been able to type lol and mean it literally! I actually laughed till I cried. Thanks for posting!
Began reading, father was the hero you pull for like in a movie.
After awhile it was more like dude - who is the problem here, them or you?
It's a case of he could have reached terms agreeable to him but he wanted to be a comedian instead.
Guess he was not too concerned about the play to begin with.
At which point jerk is the term to describe him.
It's like his heart was in the right place, argument well spoken, he was given an out and decided no, I want to be an ass now.
religion, the belief in a deity. The man had every right to fuck with that chaplain.
I am laughing out loud.
Thanks for this tale, whether or not it is true, it certainly demonstrates the need for one religion to proselytize, even as it claims it is just "fun" for children who "enjoy" participating.
at Grange Uniting Church in Austrailia? Because it doesn't seem to really exist. This is a comedy routine that's being confused with reality.
The hall is non existent.
The hall exists. It is part of the church and they are in Port Adelaide, Australia.
I googled. there is a Memorial Hall at the Pratt Institute named in honor of Mary Richardson back in the twenties in Australia. That is consistent with the email exchange.
but then I noticed it was David Thorne. Guy is a notoriously hilarious prankster.
"DO NOT DRINK COFFEE WHILE READING".
Now there is perfectly good coffee spewing out of my nose and all over my paperwork....
While I'm sure there's a grain of real life occurrence in each of his comedic bits, I'm pretty sure the majority of them are fantastical.
an interesting wise ass but fine. pre ticking didn't help.
now hopefully we'll learn from this sill lesson in bigotry and move on. one bigot meets another bigot and well of course it's bound to get silly .
except for that one time live on air always wondered what would happen if Ann Coulter and George Carlin got stuck in an elevator who would kill the other first. Fairly sure the "Born Again" Christian would
oh Jesus here. he'd like people to know he's a Liberal.
my husband has been recovering from a serious medical event and this made him laugh harder than I've ever seen. Thanks.