I was at an open mic (where local comedians go to try out new jokes) the other day, and a buddy of mine told me about an atheist Facebook friend of his who is always posting atheist material.
He then stated the cardinal sin of comparisons...
Outspoken atheists are just as bad as outspoken Christians.I raised an eyebrow, and he quickly qualified his statement with, "You're not like him. Atheism is part of your schtick." (OK, he didn't use the word schtick, but I feel it's compulsory as a comic to throw in what Yiddish I know on occasion, but you get the point."
I commented that that I do like to wrap up my godlessness with funny. It makes the antitheism much more palatable.
However, I want to defend this atheist I don't even know. I'm going to guess that this unknown, outspoken atheist isn't as bad as the typical outspoken Christian, and I'm going to guess why...
He's probably not telling women what to do with their bodies.
Generally speaking in America, if you are an outspoken Christian man, then you like your women and their wombs submissive. You like it so much as to limit, restrict, and deny women the ability to get an abortion or to get proper birth control.
I was discussing gay marriage the other day with my 11 year old son.
He just looked at me and asked, "Why would anyone be against that?"
"Religion. The Bible states quite clearly in the New and Old Testament that men shouldn't be buying homes together and putting up flower boxes in their windows," I quipped.
He just looked at me.
He's probably not forcing whatever half-baked ideas he has down people's throats.
Let's do a thought experiment for a minute. Let's say this unknown atheist is a Bigfoot believer. This guy loves the Squatch. He goes out looking evidence, and points to fuzzy pictures and ambiguous animal cries in the dark as conclusive proof that Sasquatch exists.
This guy is still not working to put In Sasquatch We Trust on US currency.
This guy is still not working to under Squatch in the Pledge of Allegiance.
This guy isn't trying to get Intelligently Designed Sasquatch Science taught in classrooms.
He probably isn't part of a cabal dedicated to making America an authoritarian state.
What I find comforting is when religious zealots are straightforward in what they want. The church advertised to the left is fairly straightforward in what they want to do: Dominate.
And look, they even have a pleasant fascist-y symbol that can be placed on flags, banners, and the front gate of future reeducation camps.
He probably isn't in the business of bullshitting people.
One thing about even the most abrasive atheist is that he or she isn't lying to people. That godless person may be brutal in pointing out logical fallacies, steadfast in constructing the most airtight arguments, and dedicated to knowing what the other side thinks.
However, this unknown atheist isn't trying to whitewash outrageously barbaric ideas under the guise of being good or just.
In short, this unknown atheist is probably acting in good faith.
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