I complain about stupid religious people all the time so it is only fair that I get a little annoyed when an atheist is a complete jerk.
This charming fellow is understandably upset about a nativity scene set up on public land. Especially given they have nothing representing other religions. Only Christianity. Totally unconstitutional, that.
So what does he do? He posts a video of himself in a profanity laden rant that completely undermines the whole argument. Hating on Christianity (or it’s trappings) just shifts the focus to his asshole behavior rather than keeping it on the fact that you can’t put a nativity scene on public land.
It frustrates me when an atheist acts like the asshole so many people seem to believe the rest of us are because the conversation get hijacked. Nobody is talking about the separation of church and state. They are talking about a guy being a dick.
And the guy being a dick also happens to be an atheist. So the conversation becomes about how atheists are dicks rather than how this one guy is a dick and he’d be a dick no matter what he believed.
I’ll start with the short answer: we aren’t.
Now for the longer answer.
Why is it presumed that if someone chooses to explain what they believe and why that they are smug? I say that I’m an atheist because I think it is tremendously important for other atheists to know that they aren’t the only one and that it is OK to conclude that there is no god. Is that smug?
Is the simple choice to stand up and be counted smug?
No, of course it isn’t.
Now if I go further and say that I believe all religions are equally wrong, have I crossed over into smug territory? Do I sound like I’m saying I’m better than all those religions because I’m so sure I know everything about god (or the non-existence of god)?
Well, no. But I expect I need to go into more detail.
I wrote about the conversation surrounding Atheism Plus a few weeks ago. In general, I like the idea. I don’t think it needs to be all of what being an atheist is about (neither does anyone else) but I think it’s a good idea and I don’t understand the vitriol that is aimed at the people spearheading the idea.
That vitriol has managed to silence one of the voices behind that movement (at least for a time) and now I’m going to ask what the fuck is wrong with you people?