I‘ve noticed since the Reason Rally, certain attitudes about atheists are cropping up in news media outlets and blogs.
Not that I’m surprised. It will be a cold day in a nonexistent hell when atheists hold a rally or event and get only positive reactions in the USA.
Now, a lot of news media reported positively on the event – I am sure some other blogger out there has a nice list going – if not, maybe I’ll consider making one.
Here, I found some links for you.
- If we’re angry, it’s not for a good reason, it’s because we’re spiritually lost.
- If we report that we plan to have the largest secular gathering in world history (and then do just what we planned) we’re making “self-important and inflated claims“.
- If one of our favorite performers sings a song about the evils of child molestation which includes a lot of expletives, we’re offensive.
- If we call a gathering of atheists “reason rally”, the name alone makes us “arrogant“.
- If someone at our rally holds up a sign saying, “Hey kids, it’s okay-god is pretend!” we’re master brainwashers.
- When we don’t invite proselytizers to attend our rally, we’re “entirely uninterested in having a reasonable conversation with those who disagree with them“
- When we organize into groups, we’re “militant“.
- Just for being atheists, we’re to blame for communist practices of killing Christians.
- When we gather in a crowd, we’re engaging in groupthink.
- When 30,000 of us gather in one place, we’re actually only 8,000.
- When we gather in a crowd, we’re a church service, sheep, and have sermons.
- Saying atheists need to be coaxed our of the closet is fear-mongering.
- When we’re urged to ridicule belief in things like transubstantiationm we’re hostile.
- When we’re urged to ridicule belief in transubstantiation, we’re even abusive.
- If we don’t have accommodationalists to religion like Penn Jilette (um, we did?) or discuss out objections to other religions (umm we did?) we’re cultishly dogmatic.
- If we act passionate, it’s because we have a secret fear of god.
- We’re angry and militant scolds. (angry: yes. Militant, no.)
- If we laugh at religion, we’re persecuting people and seek suppression of religious freedom.
- Dawkins, calling for ridicule , makes us dogmatic.
- If we gather in groups, that proves atheism is a religion, full of bigots and possible anarchists.
The message: if we meet in groups in public, if we talk about reason, rationality, and occasionally someone urges us to mock that which is worth mocking, we are unreasonable and need to shut our mouths. If we test a communion wafer before and after said wafer is consecrated and find identical chemical content, we’re the crazy ones for not thinking the wafer is now the literal body of Christ. We’re persecuting people if we mock such an unsubstantiated claim. Our passion comes not out of an honest desire for truth, but because secretly we really believe in mythology.
In other words: shut up, atheists.
Also, as JT pointed out to me this morning: “If we all agree, we’re a hive mind. If we disagree with each other, it’s a sign atheism is crumbling.”
p.s. Got any links like this that I don’t have? Post in the comments and I will update this post.
Update: I approve of the Cuttlefish take on the speakers: