I sometimes think that atheists take on too much. By that I mean, we, as a group, tend to want to take on every issue that affects any minority group and have lost focus on what being an atheist is all about.
Before anyone flames me, I think it’s okay for atheists to have interests in other Social Justice issues. But none of those issues move forward the cause of what being an atheist is all about. The problem with being involved in Social Justice is that people place their own priorities as to what they believe every other atheist should support.
We’ve been through that in the last few years and all any of that did was divide us and move us off the original goal: keeping religion out of public life. I don’t actually care if there are people that have religious beliefs, I just don’t want those beliefs to become law.
I also don’t really have anything invested in any of the Social Justice issues that seem to be prevalent with atheists today. Feminism? What exactly is that today? I used to think I knew what it was, but today? I’m not so sure its something I would readily support. LGBT issues? What exactly are those issues? I can’t seem to find anyone that is able to definitely tell me what those issues are currently. As an atheist, why should I become involved in either of those?
I certainly care about civil rights for all, but I cant seem to come up with a definition, from some other atheists, as to what those Civil Rights should be.
Atheism has become a hodge-podge of social issues that has morphed from just agreeing that all people, no matter race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation should be treated equally to, well, I don’t know what to call it but it certainly has nothing to do with atheism.
I think that atheists need to get back to activism, but activism that promotes the removal of religion from the public square. Whatever other issues anyone desires to be active in, is a bonus, for them, but has nothing to do with atheism. Please stop trying to tuen atheism into something that it never was and shouldn’t be.
Why am I writing about this? I know I’m going to receive some negative comments, but it doesn’t matter. I’m writing about atheist activism because as far as I can tell, it no longer exists. Atheists have become no more than any other progressive group of ideologues and maybe, just maybe, that’s why no one pays attention to any of us anymore.
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Since when did atheist activism become about inviting millions of Muslim migrants from countries that murder and jail atheists into our country just to get more voted for the Democrats (and Europe’s left wing parties) so they can bring in more?
If that’s what atheists in Europe and elsewhere are concerned about, good for them. Just don’t expect atheists in general to support your social activism.
Movement atheism, which was closely linked to the skeptic movement, fractured when regressives such as PZ Myers started to toxify the movement. He attempted to redefine atheism as a far left “social justice” movement, but it was horribly abusive, regressive, anti-liberal, and anti-semitic. There is also the ongoing problem of various big-name atheists, including PZ Myers, Michael Shermer, Richard Carrier, Jason Thibeault, Dan Arel, and others, having allegations of misconduct made against them.
For genuine progressives and humanists, there is always humanism to label yourself as.
I would agree with all except Shermer. I’m not sure what allegations are against him as I no longer follow the idiots from (originally) FtB or any other “progressive” site. I see them all pretty much as you do – regressive – and do nothing to promote the cause of atheism which is to remove religion from the public space.
“I don’t actually care if there are people that have religious beliefs, I just don’t want those beliefs to become law.” The second part of that sentence holds the key. I don’t want to have laws based on religious beliefs either. That is relevant to the separation of church and state, but I also find it relevant to things like reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, and other areas where fundamentalist Christians have tried to legislate their version of morality. Some of these could be framed as social justice issues, but it seems like some could also be framed as religious over-reach.