So I decided to stop being a coward and write a piece that isn’t something most of my followers will agree on. The bad news is I’ll lose some followers. The good news is this blog isn’t read very much so it won’t be many of them.
It’s about atheism. And Religion. And, well… Religious atheism. I sense in advance the hackles going up on the neck of atheists who have consistently had to ward off the Christian argument that Atheism is a religion. I know. it’s not. No deity. No set of rules. No afterlife, no supernatural, etcetera. It does not in any way resemble a religion.
Except, when there are a number of atheists that are dogmatic as fuck. They lurk on social media waiting for anyone to dare mention the word Jesus or God or prayer, and in they zoom. It’s really the digital equivalent of street preachers screaming at people, except with different insults. They are the prime reason why atheists have a reputation to be awful. Because these particular ones are.
Do you have a moment to talk about our NOT lord and savior Jesus Christ?
Now before I continue, let me make a few things clear in short, quick bullets.
- Yes, I’m an Atheist.
- Yes, Religious indoctrination can have lifelong negative effects.
- Yes, I am concerned and adamantly opposed to laws created based on religion.
- Yes, I have had harsh words with the religious before.
See, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with honest debate. If a theist and an atheist want to go at it, I think nothing of it. And yup, often enough, the theist is just being a big old dick. That’s the time I tend to say something. When I see asshattery, I sometimes say something. And the leaders of the pack? The Ken Hams and the Joel Osteens? Sic ’em, Tiger. The con men don’t deserve any mercy.
But if you find yourself searching religious terms to chirp at theists, you might be what I’m talking about. (no, I’m not talking about parody accounts) I’m talking about the shit stirring dicks who find people NOT on the media platform to debate, and jumping on them like a starving mosquito.
God isn’t real! you’re so stupid! Tell your sky wizard to smite me! (ok. don’t see that last one much.) And it goes on and on. Either it riles up the theist in to a mudslinging match, or just gets the person blocked, which they count as a win and move on to the next person on the word search.
I’m not an angry atheist, there’s no such thing, so fuck you, Jesus freak!
If you find yourself calling Theists stupid or crazy, you’re who I’m talking about. There are stupid theists. There are crazy theists. Neither are true as a collective. Making the mistake of indoctrination as stupidity is one of the things that people who never received indoctrination tend to think. (If they did, and STILL say those things, that’s a double dose of being an asshole.) I spent 75% of my life under the yoke of indoctrination. Now either that means I suddenly stopped being crazy when I discarded my faith, and had IQ points jammed in to my head, or it’s not true that theists are stupid or crazy, which means it’s just the low hanging fruit of insults for the lazy troll.
I respect the FFRF and the ACLU. They have worked many times to stop theocratic decisions from infecting public areas. But I think we need to pick our battles. For instance, Billy Graham was laid in honor at the capital rotunda. Probably one of the biggest breaches of church and state we’ve seen in a long time. But as far as legislation goes, is entirely meaningless. It set a bad precedent, I’ll grant you that. But no laws were created that will impact atheists. The battles that need to be fought are the ones with lasting ramifications. Religiously motivated abortion laws. The remaining states where it is illegal for an atheist to hold public office. Forcing prayer back in to schools. Things that are actually going to cause people problems. Technically that includes the removal of all religious icons on public lands. I agree that is proper according to the constitution, but I’d far rather see all the confederate statues come down first.
So there is a point to being a vocal atheist. Of course there is. But here is a little tip. If you are just insulting theists, and trolling them, you are accomplishing exactly zero. It’s basically troll masturbating. Trying to get as many angry theist responses as you can so you can come to climax.
I know what some people say it is. “Mocking religion is important, yada yada.” well first, I don’t think that’s true. Freedom of speech dictates you can mock as you please, but it just makes you kind of a twat. More to the point, it doesn’t do anything to help people realized that atheism is not the ugly boogeyman it gets made out to be. If you want to entrench a theist further in to their positions, calling them morons is about the most effective way you could do it. Which makes me believe that people who do that aren’t in the slightest interested in truth, but in being an asshole.
There is also some weird pride in atheism thing that I simply do not grasp. “I’m proud to be an atheist!” ok. Thumbs up sign. Cool story! Why? We talk about atheism as simply not believing in the existence of gods, which is all it is, but then are proud about it? Well then I must be proud to not belive in ghosts, unicorns and intellectually honest Trump voters too then! None of them exist! There have even been twitter poll contests of who the most atheisty atheist was. Boil it down to voting who’s not belief is the better non belief, and you realize exactly how silly that really is.
Josh found a 5035th god not to believe in, and claimed the 2017 Atheist championship.
Let me humanize it. My entire family is Religious. I was too. Grew up in it. I am the sole atheist in my family at this time. Now tell me what would it serve for me to attack their beliefs now? My daughter died years ago. My mother and father think she’s in heaven, and they will see them again. I would not in a million years try and steal that happy lie from them. When people have asked me anything, I have spoken. I don’t pander to their religion, but I don’t needlessly look down on them. They, like I, believed what they were taught to believe by the people who they are supposed to trust the most.
So what does this all mean? Am I taking a kick at atheists as a whole? of course not. Am I saying that you’re wrong to debate or discuss with someone online regarding atheism? Not at all. But I doubt you’ll get much return on your investment.
All I’m saying that there is a stereotype of Atheism as a religion of angry god hating people, and there is a reason why.
And even if you do just debate, without pejorative or insult, maybe give it a rest once in a while. There are actually some cool fun people out there who aren’t believers that are fun to talk to that don’t talk about atheism all the time!
And perish the thought, even some believers too.
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