Hi guys. “How’s it hangin’?”. “What’s up, y’all?”. “Workin’ hard, or hardly workin’ am I right?”.
Look, I’ll get right to it, okay?
I’m sorry that atheists in the US apparently have a much harder time than atheists in Europe. I’m sorry you get discriminated against, threatened, bullied, sneered at and criticised endlessly. That sucks. I’m sorry you’re a downtrodden minority in a puritan, fundamentalist deist world. I’m sorry you fear for your jobs, your friendships, your very lives.
I’m sorry you’re such a huddled and lonesome minority in a sea of disapproval and ignorance, you have to shout your beliefs (or lack thereof) to the rafters just to make the merest whisper of rationality heard in your government halls, your offices, your schoolrooms.
Oh boy, am I ever sorry about that.
Sorry because I spend considerable time online, and move in the same general Internet circles as many of you. Many of you, and – by lucky chance as well as by a freedom of choice of which I have the luxury – very few of the damn eejits you rail against. And I mean that to such a ludicrous extreme that a lot of your “arguments” just sound like you shouting at scarecrows you’ve constructed yourselves, specially for the purpose. Shouting really loudly.
Most of the people of faith I deal with are in fact kind and sensible and intelligent people. Indeed, a great many of the world’s people of faith have these characteristics. I wouldn’t say it’s a majority – let’s be honest, there’s a whole lot of stupid mob out there in every permutation of human philosophy, giving every philosophy a bad name to its non-adherents – but if you think most people of faith are mindless reactionaries with an agenda of ignoring facts to preserve their precious beliefs, I have news for you.
You’re the mindless reactionary.
Here’s the thing.
You guys don’t need to act the way you do. You’re making things worse, not better. Since when did any human, anywhere, ever, react positively to another human acting like a jerk? You don’t need to behave like “they” do. In fact, you might want to come to grips with the possibility that “they” don’t even exist as you like to imagine them. And debate them. Although, as a one-time debater, I use the term extremely loosely.
Oh, and that’s another thing. You could also try coming to terms with the fact that, while you admittedly fucking love science, you don’t fucking understand it any more than 96% of humanity does, and you certainly don’t fucking own it.
Oh dear. That’s right, religion and science are not mutually exclusive.
You guys have the high ground in most of the big debates going on right now. Morality, logic, dignity, honesty, peace. How about you try acting like it?
Yes yes, it’s time for the usual disclaimers.
Not all atheists are like anti-believing versions of fundamentalists. You’re not all obnoxious and stupid, abusive and bigoted, narrow-minded and loudmouthed. Most of you aren’t. It’s just the eejits giving you a bad name, just like your you-appointed enemies the deists. And dumb atheists aren’t always USians. No nation has a monopoly on that particular stat.
But – and this is important – the disclaimer was necessary, wasn’t it? Because otherwise a lot of you would have made exactly the same objections. And I’m talking about the smarter ones among you.
Oh, forget it.