For some reason, being an atheist is no longer sufficient for some. Even organizations like American Atheists have gone fully into the spectrum of social justice. Maybe because membership is declining (I don’t have any data on this) that they think they have to expand their charter to attract and younger, more activist, demographic. It’s no longer acceptable to just being an atheist, and those of us that are, are sometimes referred to as dinosaurs because being an atheist, att least to the few of us that remain, simply means a non-belief in god(s) and nothing else.
What some of out detractors don’t understand is that we are not dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are extinct and we are not. Some of us are what was called, a few years ago, dictionary atheists. I didn’t see anything wrong. with that even though it was mainly used in a derogatory fashion, to belittle those of us that didn’t see the relationship between atheism and social justice. Not that there’s anything wrong with the idea of social justice, but to conflate the two didn’t make much sense. What does the one have to do with the other? As many of us argued several years ago: absolutely nothing.
For some then, the definition of atheism included social justice. I had thought for a few years, since the disastrous Atheism Plus experiment, that this would be finally put to rest. But no, it continues to attempt to raise it’s head and divide atheists as it did before. I just don’t see the necessity of any of this and I personally don’t want to be defined by whatever else I may believe.
When I write here, I sometimes write on atheism, other times on subjects that happen to interest me. None of those other topics have anything to do with being an atheist and atheism doesn’t influence those other posts. Being an atheist means nothing else. It doesn’t define me politically or socially. There is no litmus test involved but if some had it there way, there would be.
So, if sometime in the future someone claims I cannot be an atheist without something else involved, then maybe I’ll just stop referring to myself as an atheist. It won’t mean I’m not, it will just be a recognition that for the majority, atheism is no longer about non-belief, but about everything else except.