This is Why Atheists Are Angry

I’ve seen this talk several times, and Greta Christina gets a well-deserved standing ovation after each performance. She speaks for so many of us while answering the question, “Why Are Atheists So Angry?

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About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/692599362 Paul Reed

    Hey, FriendlyAtheist got a mention!  :D

  • Vanessa

    Greta just became my absolutely favourite person in the entire world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aggie-Smith/100002847127443 Aggie Smith

    While it was lonely being an atheist in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, and I appreciate having blogs to read, what makes me truly angry is that now I’m automatically part of an “atheist movement” just because I’m an atheist.  Keep your movement, your conventions, and your friendships to yourselves.  

    • Nesh

      I’ve been an atheist for a little over 4 years now and I have yet to have anyone automatically assume I’m part of the atheist movement.

      Perhaps if you’d laid low and stop posting whiny, attention seeking messages on atheist blogs, people will leave you alone.

    • JimG

      You know, that attitude might go a long way toward explaining your loneliness.

    • http://rrlane.blogspot.com rrlane

      You came to a blog with an active community to say that you don’t want to belong to a community?

      Were you at any point shoved in a burlap sack and forcefully carried to a convention?  Was someone in your home holding a gun to your head and forcing you to visit this blog?

      • TheBlackCat

        Shoot, they’re on to me…

        • AlphaMan

          With a face like Greta’s, no wonder she is angry.

          I didn’t seem many Hot Atheist Chicks there, that’s for sure.

    • Justin Miyundees

      Speaking just for myself, if I may beg your permission, you needn’t worry about my friendship and may I suggest you keep your apathy and lethargy (and ridiculous comments) to yourself.  Why are you even on line?  If Martin & Malcolm had your attitude we’d be trading black folks on the NYSE. 

      • James

        Really enjoyed this video. As a Christian I’m pissed about many, if not all of the same things that she is pissed about. I feel like maybe where she has decided to deny god I’ve just decided to deny religion. To each his own. I totally understand and respect her viewpoint and her decision to be an atheist. The thing that I found so interesting was that she pointed out the need for a legitimate reality check in religion. I’ve always felt the need for something like that but wouldn’t have said it that way till now. I didn’t have the words that fit what I was feeling. Thankfully I do now.

        James
        P.S. I enjoyed this video very much and it actually inspired a blog. Check it out at http://www.goddamblog.com

    • Brian Macker

      Were the F did you get those ideas? WTF?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001810260510 Ralph Oswald

    Thank you! This is so, so important. As a friend just stated, ” It is a shame that the people who most need to hear it are the ones that are least likely to listen to it.” I couldn’t agree more. I have linked to this in all my social networking watering holes. Again, thank you. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgchristensen Daryl Christensen

    She’s amazing. Is there a transcript for this talk?

  • Rod Chlebek

    Wow! She’s outstanding.

  • Annie

    What a thoughtful and well orchestrated talk.  Greta said what so many of us feel on a daily basis, but could only verbalize on our very best days.  Well done!

    • Brian Macker

      Except for her complete ignorance about economics. Hillarious that she thinks OWS (a bunch of rich kids with state subsidized educations who are pretend camping and have cell phones and laptops) is evidence that capitalism doesn’t float all boats. She’s just too indoctrinated into her own ideology to understand.

  • M G

    Just want to point out that infant genital mutilation is performed on baby boys, too.

    • Anonymous

      Circumcision isn’t good either, but it should be noted that circumcised
      men (like me) can still orgasm while that is much more difficult for women who
      had their clitorises cut off.

  • Anonymous

    Is Greta ever less than amazing:)

  • Anonymous

    thanks for posting this Mehta… wow, this is great. I love every moment of it. 

  • Greisha

    While I agree with almost all if not all reason to be angry Greta stated, and all those reasons annoy me immensely, anger as an engine of change has only limited power and most important limited duration.

  • Phil

    Apparently I’m an angry Christian as well…

  • randall.morrison90

    Angry Atheists.  Like PZ Myers who is trashing my friend Andy for the sign at Skepticon.

    PZ says he will not forgive.  That Andy is delusional.  A Professor in Minnesota focusing on an ice cream salesman in Springfield.
     
    Andy’s apology was not good enought for PZ.  Nothing would be good enough.  Except…

    There is a lawyer in Kansas City who is going to help Andy.  Hint, his office is down the street from Raytown High School. (Raytown is a suburbe of Kansas City and surrounded by KC)  Andy’s case will not be that he is being called names, but something called “Tortious Interference With Business Relationships”.

    Thats the big atheist issue.  Thats all they got out of Skepticon.  Atheism is Bankrupt, the leaders are jerks. 

    And that speech from JT was PRICELESS. 

    • http://twitter.com/butterflyfish_ Heidi McClure

      Bitching about PZ behind his back is pretty far off topic.

      • Brian Macker

        PZ is the epitome of an angry atheist. So you are incorrect. He is very much on topic.

    • BrianMacker

      By your logic all of theism is proven “bankrupt” every time some asshat religious leader acts up. PZ only speaks for himself.

    • BrianMacker

      Gonna be hard to win a lawsuit when you have already publicly admitted guilt. Who does he plan to sue, PZ for not accepting an apology?

    • Anonymous

      You can’t sue people for free speech. What country do you think you are in?

  • DFD

    You guy don’t get it.  Religion is a political and economic commodity.  It will not go away until it ceases to be of value to the powerful.  Religion is what drives markets, produces loyal soldiers, inflames the minds of followers, wins elections, etc, etc.  It is too valuable a resource to destroy.  If you really want people to understand atheism as the extremely sensible choice that it is, you have to provide a replacement source of (power, money, labour, soldiers) that the reduction in religious blind-faith will deprive the powers-that-be of.  Either that, or take the reins, Baby!

  • http://diff-path.blogspot.com Stargazer

    “I’m angry that I have to know more about their own damn religion than they do.”

    LOVE that line.  Bahahahahaha so true!

  • PopeMichael

    Randal.Morrison90,

    Is Andy your friend? Really? Details, details, details, please!
    Is there is a legal case the that owner of the gelato shop has? Has Andy agreed to be represented yet? Does Andy even know that he has an attorney who will represent him? Or this is all in your mind? What grade are you in, kid?  Has this attorney talked to him yet?   

    Who was hurt? The owner of the store? Who put up the sign and thus refused (albeit for a few minutes) service to atheists? Who interfered with his business? – HE HIMSELF TEMPORARILY DECIDED TO INTERFERE WITH HIS OWN BUSINESS BY TEMPORARILY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF POTENTIAL CLIENTS. The atheists did not interfere with his business, they were just BSing outside the store as I understand.
    I cannot wait to hear about this legal case! The attorney you are referring to must have the same pea sized brain as you do to even consider a case like this.  Please, don’t tell me you have some legal background throwing around terms like “Tortious Interference With Business Relationships”.

  • http://twitter.com/noldorin Alex Regueiro

    Atheism is a religion in its own right; it is a set of beliefs that many consider central to their lives. No doubt, the fervour and fanaticism it promotes in this day and age rival many religions, and it is hard to find any sign that they help promote the peace and understanding that we need. Do you see atheists going out in the world and trying to solve it’s biggest problems? No, but last time I checked I did see Christians and Buddhist among many others doing such things. Rational people should not feel pressured into choosing atheism just as they should not feel pressured into choosing any Abrahamic or other religion!

    • http://www.facebook.com/robert.m.mckee Robert Fcebk Mckee

      Saying atheism is a religion is purely ridiculous..  We  only band together to protect ourselves from fundys (like you apparently)..  You talk about a set of atheist beliefs, but since the very core of atheism is lack of belief, again, it doesnt add up..  I submit to you we “are” indeed trying to solve the worlds problems, by trying to inspire rational thinking, rather than magical thinking..  

  • Ledf

    Many atheists are angry because of unresolved anger with their childhood. That deep seeded anger due to the betrayal/neglect or abuse of one’s parents at such a young age leaves them scarred for life, never able to believe that a God would actually care for them. (Study basic childhood psychology and you can easily see the connection) Atheists see God as hateful, because their own upbringing was absolutely hateful, through no fault of their own. I know an atheist very closely, and he was deeply neglected and wounded as a child, left alone to cry with no one to hold him, no love, nothing. Now he is a grown man who is emotionally stunted (can’t be any serious relationship) but absolutely intelligent. Many atheists seem to have high IQs, but terribly low EQs. He doesn’t even know why he is the way he is, he can’t even verbalize anything about his emotions to hopefully dig his way out of his past, his hurt, his wounds.

    I read up on Piers Morgans childhood (was interested because he is so deeply angry with anything God-related). Morgan’s childhood sounded really rough. Seems to fit in line with the theory posed above.

  • Donald Jones

    I’m angry that the idiots in the audience wouldn’t stop their incessant
    CLAPPING!


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