Do the vast majority of atheists and skeptics care what any of us say online? I don’t think so.
I’ve said it before that 99% of those that describe themselves as atheists and skeptics could care less or, more to the point, have no idea that there’s any “rift”.
Why don’t they care? Well, it’s simple, none of this online bickering affects their lives on a daily basis. If anything, if they are aware of this “rift”, they probably find it amusing. It’s almost like a schoolyard disagreement. At least it appears that way to me.
Yes, I write about it because I want to point out the stupid. The stupid occurs on both “sides”. Yeah, I’m criticizing someone of this very network, someone I actually like, for going over the top. In fact, I’m just going to say that the linked post above is the reason that my friend “Skeptickle” was doxxed.
I’m not giving the doxxers a break here. There’s no excuse for that even if some blogger writes something that may cross a line in someone’s mind.
It doesn’t matter though, the damage has been done and although I know my friend will survive, I can’t help but think this could’ve been avoided entirely if people would stop and think before they write.
Yes, that statement is for both “sides”. Think about the possible harm you may cause to others incidentally. You may not mean to create a problem for an innocent bystander, but you may.
I hope this post is understood in the way it’s meant. Matt – I hope I didn’t offend you, but if I did, well, let’s talk. I know there are others that will look at this (if they do at all) and not care. They’ll continue to write offal for their own masses.