It’s Not Thought, It’s Speech


I noticed a tweet in my timeline this morning that made me chuckle. No, I’m not mocking or disparaging the tweeter in any way but I found it odd that this person would write something that is patently obvious to all people, atheist or not.

It’s true that atheists are not constrained by traditional cultural values but wouldn’t that statement be true for anyone, atheist or not? We are all free to think whatever we want. If there’s an issue it’s what we are able to speak.

Even people in North Korea are able to think whatever they want but are aware that if they ever utter their thoughts that are not in lock step, they may be sent to a camp.

Yes, atheists are able to think whatever they want and there is no authority to say otherwise. The problem that we’ve seen in the past few years is that there is a segment of atheism that wants to control the speech and actions of other atheists. There is acceptable and unacceptable speech.

Of course, the majority of atheists ignore them and should. No one should have the power to tell anyone else what is an allowable view on any topic, whether cultural or political.

The same should be true for society in general but as we’ve seen in recent years, the SJW’s want to control every aspect of our lives. They’ve decided they are the arbiters of what is correct and not. In a general sense, they’re winning as we see the media promoting their views and do not seem to have any responsibility to allow dissenting voices.

They quote the statistics and memes of the SJW’s with alacrity without applying a smidgen of critical thinking to what they are reporting. They won’t dare challenge the obvious inconsistencies in what they are being told.

It’s not a lost cause. We haven’t crossed the boundary yet into becoming a complete SJW PC society, but we’re close. We can still think as we like, but more people need to express those thoughts.

One thought on “It’s Not Thought, It’s Speech

  1. “Even people in North Korea are able to think whatever they want but are aware that if they ever utter their thoughts that are not in lock step, they may be sent to a camp.”

    Here’s the thing about that: people in North Korea are perfectly free to say what they want. After all, it’s not like Kim Jong Un has some magic machine that prevents air vibrations or finger movements on keyboards if it detects that a disallowed idea or opinion is being conveyed. Those North Koreans are also free to face the consequences of exercising their free speech, which may very well be being sent to a work camp or executed.

    This isn’t too different from the argument often used by SJWs that we have free speech because no one is literally preventing us from expressing our opinions – we just have to face the consequences of that speech, which may involve complete destruction of career and livelihood or public shaming and shunning. The distinction between a self righteous mob doing this and a government doing this is often invoked, but to someone desiring to practice “free speech,” this obviously appears a distinction without a difference. It’s pretty clear that this is a difference of degree (i.e. imprisonment/death are much harsher than loss of financial/social capital), not of principle. In both cases, it’s not really free speech at all, not in any meaningful sense.


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