Day 12. 32 pages, 14,598 words.
Further preachy ranting ahead. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Okay, actually this time I’m not so much ranting, as nit-picking. Which, I admit, for me often amounts to much the same thing. It’s just that this has been bugging me for a while.
You’ve probably all seen this illustration, and assorted cartoon variants thereof, right?
This “meme” apparently illustrates the open-mindedness and civility of the atheist. Also, his or her literacy.
See, this is all well and good, and I am entirely in favour of the peaceful, communicative, educational way. But it’s not accurate, is it?
This illustration seems to imply that there is no such thing as a violent anti-theist. This is what “militant” means, okay? It means a person who takes up arms and performs military or otherwise violent acts in pursuit of his or her philosophy. WORDS MEAN THINGS.
Yes, there are versions of atheists who do horrible things. Versions who fit perfectly well alongside these other two caricatures. There are also versions of “militant” faithful who exhibit their zeal purely through the media of literature and computer communications. Come on, there are billions of people in the world, so you know this stuff. You know they’re out there. There’s no shame in it. It doesn’t tarnish your entire ideology that there are a few aggressive fuckwits out there doing bad things.
I’ll just let you mull that one over for a second.
If you want to keep using the “peaceful” variation of the armchair militant, please keep in mind some of the things these people are spreading around.
I fixed your meme.
See, if you’re sharing this concept around, you’re basically saying that you think we’re idiots. You think we’re just going to accept that there’s no such thing as an atheist who would take up arms and assault someone simply because of that person’s faith.
That’s just a lie.
It’s outright manipulation. You’re portraying the most negative form of the thing you oppose, and a moderate form of the thing you support, and expecting us to hate what you hate and follow what you follow. Because the thing we’re supposed to hate is so evil! Look at it! And the thing we’re supposed to follow is so wise and thoughtful! See?
I don’t know about you, but for me the biggest objection I have to this ideology is that I do not appreciate being told what to hate and fear by people who think I am an idiot. Especially when I’m pretty sure I’m smarter than they are.
Adjusted for accuracy.
See? This is true. This is the way it really is. Don’t be fooled. The only philosophy in this world (in B4 Gandhi) that is mutually exclusive with militant action is pacifism. Because they basically mean opposite things. ‘Most every other variation of human ideology has a violent facet, because humans are monkeys. Heck, even the non-violent demonstration movement had a bit of a finger in the violence-pie, but I think at that point they had to give up their “pacifist” badges.