I’ve been a bit behind in documenting some of the stupid that comes from the keyboards of The Usual Suspects.
This post is from a couple of weeks ago, but I think it deserves a few words of comment.
The writer apparently believes that being a dictionary atheist, i.e., that all atheism means is a non-belief in god(s) is not enough. He says that “…atheism is not about atheists treating each other decently and respectfully. As an atheist, you’re allowed to say that you don’t believe in gods, and that’s it.”
Here we go again. No, as an atheist, you are allowed to say and believe pretty much anything you want. I know atheists that are not skeptics, believers in Ancient Aliens, some like Bill Maher, are anti-vaxxers and also promote pseudo-scientific “medical” remedies.
I would propose that all these non-skeptics are decent people. They probably don’t beat their significant other or their pets. What I believe this author is attempting to say is that atheists aren’t allowed to have fundamental disagreements. Of course, you can just look at some of the Twitter timelines of a few of The Usual Suspects and see how decently and respectfully they treat others.
But then, it’s not they that have a problem with decency and respect, it’s us.
The ridiculous part of this post is referring to a dictionary as a magic book. That just made me shake my head but then what else can anyone do when there are people trying to redefine common terms to mean something completely different (misogyny is no longer just the hatred of women, it’s disagreement with women).
Just look at the title of the post. That should tell you a lot about the mindset. Yes, I know it really doesn’t surprise anyone anymore.