Adam Lee over at the Daylight Atheism Patheos page has written an article lambasting the in-discussion movie Kings of Atheism, featuring Bill Maher and other comedians. I readily clicked on this article as the title suggests it concerns one of my largest philosophical conundrums: how we as atheists should regard our “community” and whether or not such a thing can exist based on a lack of belief in an idea — and furthermore, whether or not such a community can have representatives or leaders.
The article Lee writes, however, seems less focused on the status of kingship than on what he sees as the sexist and racist attitudes of the film. Bemoaning the white male predominance in the film, Lee writes:
After all the messy public fights we’ve had over race and gender diversity, you’d think big-name atheists would have learned something by now, but apparently not. It demands serious cluelessness to propose, in 2016, a “Kings of Atheism” movie that features yet another uniform lineup of white faces.
To begin with, Lee fixates on the title of the film and misses that it is a satirical homage to the famous Kings / Queens of Comedy tours: as the documentary is featuring major atheist comedians, it seems a perfectly apt title. Compulsive reactions concerning an imaginary hierarchy of representation in the atheist community seem wasted by this explanation. Hemant Mehta at the Friendly Atheist was the first to comment this, beating me to the punch. He was responded to lamely by another poster who says: