(That’s an adjective, not a verb.)
Katie Kish (an atheist herself) offers a list of reasons atheists annoy her.
My favorite on the list:
5. Intelligence – Yes, we knoooow you’re a scientist. We knooooow you’ve read a million books and written 4. We knoooooow that you know Richard Dawkins. We knooooow that you know the REAL definition of evolution. We KNOW that you know everything about religions. And we KNNNOOOOWW that you know God isn’t real. So shut up, and talk to me about philosophy like… morals, animal rights, the environment or politics or something else when we’re at a bar. Or when we’ve known each other for more than 3 years. Talk to me about something else besides how smart you are and how you absolutely know everything there is to know about everything that is worth knowing about.
I think some things on the list are unavoidable. There will always be several non-religious organizations (though we will hopefully do a better job in the future of working with each another). There will also be many conferences — which I think is a good thing. It gives the groups a chance to reach different parts of the country each year, allowing more people to attend over time. (Though I still hope a Unity Conference will happen in the next few years.)
Some things we can fix. Like having a gathering of atheists that doesn’t involve lectures or liquor. Let’s get more volunteer work happening. Or more trips to blood banks.
What do you dislike about the organized atheist “movement”?
What needs to stay the same?