I wrote about this a long time ago it seems. I’m on Twitter, and although I don’t participate as much today as I did a few years ago, I still find some of the topics that arise there to be stimulating to some degree and worthy of comment. I still regularly post item’s I’ve discovered online that I believe others may find interesting. Something I do, before I respond to someone’s tweet, is look at their profile. Sometimes there’s nothing there other times the person goes overboard, in my opinion, and I seem to know more about that person from their profile than I really wanted, or needed.
Sometimes I see, in a persons profile, former atheist, and that person tends to post, negatively, about being an atheist. I have problems with those “former atheists” in that I don’t believe they were ever really atheists. Something hurt them , most likely within the faith they held and suddenly the person decided that it was better to be a non-believer than to stay a believer. In other words, that person didn’t embrace atheism after long consideration and came to a conclusion over time, they made an instant decision based on some emotional event.
Of course, I have no direct proof of this other than what some have said, or maybe the way they’ve said it. Twitter is great for this because a persons timeline may show their evolution of thought on any subject. Atheism is a sore subject with a lot of people (I think the majority in this country at least), and so someone suddenly declaring that they are a god believer and had been an atheist must make them fairly popular in some circles. Especially online where they criticize atheists as being arrogant and condescending, I can just hear the applause.
Whenever I come across one of those former atheists, I look carefully and what they tweet to attempt to determine of that’s true. I have found, in many cases, that it appears that person was an atheist in name only and really couldn’t tell anyone what atheism really is (a non-belief in god(s)) and seem to conflate atheism with some political ideology or social compact. Certainly there are those people, atheist or not that have various ideological lanes they operate in, but none of those have anything to do with being an atheist.
Being atheist doesn’t make anyone a good, or honest person. Neither does religion (look at the prison stats from the Bureau of Justice Statistics to see how many prisoners have declared they are Christian, Muslim, Atheist, etc.). If anyone expects anything different from being a believer or not, they’re living in a fantasy world. Sure there are good atheists, just like there are good believers, but neither have a lock on being good or bad; being arrogant or condescending.