Post by Jeanne Douglas Post by CowDog
Why don't you summarize the article so we'll know whether or not it's
worth our time.
Or are you so impaired that you cannot?
"5 Ways Atheists Argue Their Cause (That Aren't Helping)"
5. The Closest Atheism Has To Leaders Are Terrible People
e.g., Richard Dawkins
4. It's Become Tied To Awful Ideas
* "I don't mean to pick on the Amazing Atheist, but the need to defend
himself from feminist critiques didn't come out of nowhere like the knife-
wielding clown that snuck up behind you as you read this. Here he is
arguing that sexual objectification doesn't exist, and here he is again
making fun of feminist cartoons while the point of them flies so far over
his head it strikes a passing 747."
3. There's An Arrogance To It
* "But some atheists still think they know everything and that people who
disagree with them are idiots. They're a minority, sure. But they're a
minority that controls the conversation, because they're more invested in
proving themselves right. Someone who's more open to other beliefs isn't
going to seek out debates and make provocative statements. They'd rather
shrug their shoulders and get back to watching Adventure Time."
2. It's Become Too Defensive
* "But from there it becomes easy to make your beliefs a large part of
your identity, and once you do that you begin to see any challenges to
your beliefs as a challenge to you personally. They're not criticizing a
sprawling, abstract concept; they're criticizing you /as a human being/."
1. It's Focused On The Wrong Goals
* "But drawing a line in the sand with "atheism and progress" on one side
and "religion and reactionary thinking" on the other dumbs down history
so much that Bill and Ted would object. Plenty of great minds have been
religious. And while I haven't conducted a formal poll on the religious
beliefs of people who are, say, fighting for gay marriage rights, I'm
willing to bet you'd find a broad spectrum.
"Now, someone has already run off to the comments to point out that
opposition to gay marriage is primarily based on religious beliefs, and
that's the problem. We're keeping score in terms of Believers vs. Non-
Believers, when the marquee match-up should be Terrible People vs. Good
People. If you're willing to fight for a good cause by expending money or
time in a world where we're constantly strapped for both, you could
worship Azathoth for all the fucks I'd give."
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I'm sympathetic to atheism /per se/, but there are kernels of truth in
each of these criticisms.