Thereâ€™s a disturbing trend amongst atheists these days. I first noticed it on a board about at least three, possibly four, years ago. A group of atheists decided to have a discussion about what a â€œtrueâ€ atheist was. In the endâ€¦ well letâ€™s just say that it had to have been a mere coincidence that a true atheist had the same pedigree (a wealth of religious knowledge) of those who began the alleged â€œdiscussionâ€.
Itâ€™s only gotten worse because now the mark of a true atheist is a particular disposition. I was put off by the above discussion and ended up quitting the board in protest, but this new one really disturbs me. In short, it seems certain atheists are hell bent on actually controlling the thoughts, beliefs and behaviours of other atheists.
We more aggressive atheists are now â€˜extremistsâ€™, â€˜fundamentalistsâ€™ and in some (growing) quarters – heretics. Most, if not all, of the well-known atheists are being accused across the various boards and blogs of â€œmisrepresentingâ€ atheism. I read a post recently where a prominent atheist was accused of not being an atheist because they didnâ€™t appear to be associated with a particular organization! There are also videos on YouTube and other sites that declare by fiat that â€œtrueâ€ atheists are those who are actively involved in various organizations.
This is just wrong. The only mark of a â€œtrueâ€ atheist is the lack of belief in gods, but even thatâ€™s not really representative with the monotheisms which makes atheists out of theists such as Hindus, Pagans, Buddhists and deists. Being an atheist doesnâ€™t require one be nice, mean, friendly, hostile, passive, aggressive or otherwise.
It is not about a dispostion. My husband is no more a â€œtruerâ€ atheist for being passive than Iâ€™m one for being aggressive. We are both atheists. We both do not believe in gods. Itâ€™s as simple as that.