St. Paul Saints to become St. Paul Aints on Minnesota Atheists night

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St. Paul Saints
For one night, Midway Stadium will be home to the Aints.
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On August 10, the St. Paul Saints will risk offending Him in order to accommodate the Minnesota Atheists.

On "A Night of Unbelievable Fun," the Saints will become the St. Paul Aints. They'll wear custom-made jerseys sans the "S," and the "S" on all banners and signs throughout Midway Stadium will be crossed off (the jerseys will later be auctioned for charity). Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, will throw out the first pitch.

What would Jesus think? Saints General Manager Derek Sharrer hopes He understands it's no big deal.

"It will be all in good fun," Sharrer told Fox Sports North. "This isn't about mocking or ridiculing any one belief."

Nonetheless, Sharrer said fans are mistaken if they think the team's name implies any sort of affiliation with Christianity.

"The team name itself is just that--it's a team name," he said, adding that "we didn't name the team the Saints to make any sort of religious statement."

Religious philosophers might advise Sharrer to study up on the Pascal's Wager argument. It posits that there's more to be gained from wagering on the existence of God than from atheism. Therefore, the argument goes, a rational person should live as though God exists, even though the truth of the matter cannot actually be known.

But, religious philosophers aside, we're fine with the Saints having some fun with their name and making the Minnesota Atheists feel welcome. And if nothing else, those "St. Paul Aints" jerseys will make for cool collectors' items.

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Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

This is fucking stupid. For once I am in 100% agreement with Kirk the Conservative Jerk. I have more in common with atheists than devout Christians (or any Abrahamic religion) but I detest evangelists, both religious and atheist.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

A) You've clearly never been to a Saint's game...nothing there is $8. With the prices at Midway, you can maybe touch...like...3 1/2 lives tops. B) I am impressed you were able to consider all of the  "real problems in the world" in just one hour. Also...you're incoherent 

Joe
Joe

 +1 Rob Bell. Velvet Elvis = Whoooo!

jack
jack

Why does the posting Catholic (no offense Pasta, BTW your awesome.) who dont generally care if someone believes in God; and the evangelics who kinda demand that everyone believe (or at least fake it) and believe exactly like they do (is that fascism? not sure) have such opposed views? (why do the catholics and evangelics have such opposed views?) I will tender one answer, but first I gotta throw a bone:This goes out to all the religious-fascists 'your not doin a good job.' (it's in semi quotes because my Father says this ... so listen ...) 'your not doin a good job. Your Nation has become as pandering and vacuous as your beliefs have become void of Love and full of condemnation. Your society is supposed to spring from your heart (ark) to the world. What you see is the reversal. It is time to reverse the curse. Your attendance declines, detractors line up to mock you, you are oppressed by the Babylon you serve and the harlot revels in you. It is time for the Children of God to come forward.' And my answer promised earlier is: (this is just my opinion.) evangelics are so upset about this event because it is a test score. As much as teacher's unions fight legislation that concerns performance testing, religioufascists will be upset about events like this because it is a true barometer of their performance in what they 'believe'. Christians, have heart it is a performance based test, but it's not been graded yet. The event is not the score, the event is a test. Will you pass it? Or are you going to hope it gets scored on the Bell curve? For the cost of admission, parking, a $3 hot dog and an $8 beer you have the opportunity to touch the lives of the eight people that sit around you. Walk in Light, speak in Love. Just Sayin.

jack
jack

 Hi Not White, don't worry. Your not going to rot in hell. Even if your a vein-shooting, anti-cop rhyme spitten, cross dressing tranny pro atheist ... who winds up going to a MN 'Aints' game ... your not going to spend an eternity in hell. I dont mean to start a religious argument in here so simply put Ne1 can read Rev 20:14. I read that several years ago and it began my renewed relationship with the Most High God. Since then several authors have made some great public statements; statements that used to be common in 'Christianity' before Schofield napalmed the scriptures. If any person cares you can google Rob Bell, one of the more widely understandable with a nice 1-2-3 flow that does good to at least help someone begin to ask Father questions and accept the guidence to true happiness as opposed to miss-directed anger and baseless threats against our eternal goal as seems to be fomented in the state-sponsored-and-directed-church of today."Love Wins" is an excellent introduction to the truths that were widely taught in American churches even as little as 100 years ago. Of course that was before full-Schofield-effect and 501(c)(3). Seems a lot of angry Christians have forgotten that our Father is love. NeeeeWay. there are real problems in the world to consider now, so I gotta go.

jack
jack

Interesting that it's 'comedy' when it's something that appeals to the target demographic. Its called a title-42 when it doesn't seem too funny. Just Sayin. I don't have a dog in this race so I don't really care. Although I do have a definitive belief and am a very spiritual person; I have more in common with atheists than I do with the state-church-denominated-brain-washed sheeple who are likely the most angry about this. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to point out that “Don't tase me bro!” is the flip side to “its called comedy” … usually.

Brent
Brent

Why was the paragraph about Pascal's Wager necessary? It had nothing to do with the article except as an argument against atheism.

zerofor
zerofor

 Will the baseballs be painted to look like fetuses for pro-life night?

Andrew
Andrew

As a part-time mystic, I think this is a fantastic, funny idea.  I wish I had the coin to bid on one of those jerseys.  I just wrote a piece on this issue for a religious blog, arguing that atheists are essential to the survival of religion.  Check it out:  6 Reasons God Needs Atheists at http://www.giveupanddie.com/2012/03/6-reasons-whygod-needs-atheist/

Herb Hates xians
Herb Hates xians

dear brad, see... oh, how do i fill you in here...  THERE IS NO JESUS, THERE IS NO SAVIOUR  I canceled by subscription to your resurrection and you need to know your call to arms is laughable.

PastaSauce
PastaSauce

I am Catholic, and I absolutely love this idea.  Really clever.

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