The newest issue of the Carnival of the Godless is up at Tangled in Blue Guy and features my post Speak now, speak loudly and speak often.
It also includes a post by Kelly of the RSS about the divisiveness and dogmaticism within the godless community lately that you should really read.
This might be news to you, so I’ll try to take you through it easily. Atheism means one thing-not having a belief in a god. That’s it. It doesn’t mean that for the rest of my life I can only wear a certain type of clothing, can never swear, can’t be overtly sexual or too attractive, can’t have fun, can’t drink, and can only read/watch/listen that which has been deemed appropriate by the Council for the Protection of the Public-Image of All Atheists Everywhere. That is called religion!
It is absolutely bewildering that so many have freed themselves of the shackles of religion only to put on new ones. Forgive my candor, but I’ve seen some atheists lately who appear to have a stick shoved so far up their asses that it is interfering with their neuronal circuitry. Listen guys-you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you just yank it out, plus you’ll have the added benefit of being able to sit comfortably. Eventually, you’ll even be able to maneuver your neck enough so as not to be looking down your nose at everybody else.
Seriously, though, this is a problem. The number one reason why atheists have not become a force with which to be reckoned is because we’re all too busy fighting with each other over inane nonsense-instead of uniting and actually accomplishing something. Division in the atheist community is nothing new. Most of the major atheist organizations have at least one thorn in their side, if not more, and if we break it down to individuals, it turns into a bona fide mudslinging competition worthy of a sorority house during rush week.
This “more atheistic than thou” mentality that seems to be gaining steam within the atheosphere and beyond is a problem. I’ve seen arguments about how you can’t be a real atheist unless you’ve read some holy book in it’s original language. I’ve been made aware that I’m not a real atheist because I didn’t spend decades wandering if there really was a sex obsessed magic man in the sky. We’ve got a problem and we need to fix it before it gets out of hand.