Friday, September 30, 2016

Atheist blogger: We’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless

The atheist blogger David Smalley wrote in a post entitled What's killing the atheist movement:
When our “friends” on Facebook or Twitter make a comment that we find offensive or absurd, we are so quick to disown them and “take a public stand” immediately, that we’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless against the larger powers we’re collectively fighting...

...where’s our Humanism? Where are the private and personal phone calls to work things out? Where’s our love for humanity,,

 when you don’t like someone’s opinion of a certain issue,,,you decide to attack his or her appearance, disability, weight, or anything else that may be a struggle for them, you’re being a bully, even if you think they were a bully first.

You may justify it that way. But the rest of us still see that as bullying, when you had the power to do something productive.

And that doesn’t lead to progress. It only leads to more fighting, smaller groups, and a more ineffective atheist movement for the greater good.,,,

Why are we so quick to look for signs, to see what side of an issue a person is on so that we know whether or not to publicly disavow him or her? What happened to looking at the humans behind the comments to see what’s fueling the rage, or misinformation?
 Notice how he says: "we’re fracturing our movement into a thousand tiny micro groups that will be useless against the larger powers we’re collectively fighting."

Thank God the atheist movement is so divided!  Divide et impera. That is Latin for divide and conquer.

I disavow you! You are not acting like a TRUE atheist. Whatever that is!

Atheists can't even agree on a definition of atheism (see: Definition of atheism).  If only there were not so many atheist poseurs masquerading as atheists when they are actually agnostics.

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