Atheist shmovement

Here's the thing about me. I'm all for speaking out about religion. I think religion is generally a divisive force that promotes credulity and thrives on manipulation and groupthink, although I think for the most part it's so watered down by secular modernity that it's generally benign. The kooks are not the majority. I stick my views here on this blog for anyone who wants to read it, but beyond this, I'm pretty much a live and let live kind of guy.

Tonight I deleted some people from my Facebook page who had apparently added me because I'm an atheist. They were the types of people who had the big scarlet "A" on their profile pics, and practically every post was about religion. I just got tired of it. Don't get me wrong... I think these are important issues that have a real impact on our lives. I'm all for speaking out. But there has to be a balance. I've met some other atheists who are also interested in the subject, but are just generally cool people. They don't just obsess over religion all the time.

I play guitar. I spend time with family and friends. I read lots of stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with religion. I subscribe to Scientific American and Esquire. I go to operas, symphonies and ballets. I go to rock concerts. I play video games and watch movies. In other words, I do other shit. Yes, we should promote skepticism and reason. Yes, we should speak out about stupid things done in the name of religious faith. But I don't want to be a part of some obsessive atheist movement. For me, atheism is just a rejection of a stupid idea. It's not a label of who I am. Frankly, agnostic is probably more fitting, because I'm equally "agnostic" about an infinite number of other silly ideas as I am about God. I toss God right in there with astrology, iridology, homeopathy, and Deepak Chopra's quantum bullshit. The fact that religion tends to stir the pot more than quantum healing just means it needs a little more attention, not that my opposition to it becomes some central aspect of my identity. Yeah, I'm an atheist. I'm also a guitarist, music nut, gamer, tattoo lover, and a hundred other things.

So hey, if you want to add me on Facebook or something, go for it. But don't forget to be an interesting person. If all you want to do is rant about religion, I'm sure there are plenty of others who share your sentiment. Peace.

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  1. yeah its definitely important that we maintain balance, so we don't give religion any more attention than it deserves. I remember Ray Comfort saying that he was glad for the whole "banana man" thing because it gave him free publicity.

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  2. Hey! Why you looking at me? OK so I am a little obsessed right now. I have no doubt that I will be able to relax on the issue a bit, someday soon, (I am just learning to play guitar BTW) but for now this is a process of pretty intense self discovery. I would gladly put it down more often but it's still a huge point of contention in my family as well. I have little choice when it comes to dropping it because it seems like every little thing is about this one thing. So for now I am still in the phase where I not only have to develop my new world view into something a little more then recycled Dawkins' quotes for myself I also have to have some pretty strong justifications for why it's so important, hence the intensity...opefully temporary. But I think the scarlet A will be on my blog for a while still. I don't have a shirt or anything. Maybe a forehead tat would make a stronger statement?

    I do agree with you, completely - in case I didn't mention that.

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