05 September 2012

Considering ragequitting the atheist movement

I'm unhappy with the way I see other atheists behaving toward one another on the internet.  When I look at my Twitter feed, I don't see a group of rational adults promoting skeptical inquiry and working together to improve society.  I see a bunch of bratty, cliquish teenagers starting fights in the schoolyard, taunting people who aren't like them, and spreading nasty rumors to hurt their social rivals.  And I'm sick of it.

I'm sick of all the feuding between people who want to harshly criticize religious ideas for their absurdity and those who want to buddy up with religious progressives who reject the more barbaric doctrines of their faith.  I'm sick of all the feuding between feminists who call out harassment and people who call them "professional victims."  I'm sick of this damned-if-we-do, damned-if-we-don't double bind about criticizing Islam the way we do Christianity.  I'm sick of seeing someone being relentlessly heckled day and night by persistent trolls-stalkers because she came up with an idea the slobbering masses didn't like.

You know what?  I like hanging out with people who share interests with me, be they atheists, agnostics, humanists, or religious adherents. I like volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens, donating blood, working out, and playing video games.  I'm going to take a break from the blogosphere and focus on those things for now.  I don't have anything new to say, and there's no sense in my adding to the deafening noise in this movement.  I haven't seen anything new to read in a while, and I'm going to stop wasting my time following the drama.

So, on that note: deuces, TTFN, YOLO, and adios.

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