I’m through. I didn’t think anyone could make me embarrassed to be an atheist, or at the very least, be embarrassed to admit to sharing a belief system (or lack of belief system) with others, but those fucktards over at FreeThoughtBlogs have done it. As such, I’m scrubbing most of the FTB sites from my blogroll, at least the ones who are most responsible for this travesty, and calling it a day. I just won’t pretend to share the same beliefs with these hyper-liberal douchenozzles.
So what’s the problem, you might ask? There’s a coalition of liberal shitstains who think that atheism has to be the vanguard for liberal causes, most specifically at the moment, feminism. It’s taken over the site, it dominates their blogs and they shout down any dissension because liberal causes are obviously more important than being atheists. Those who disagree get their blogs deleted. Free thought my ass.
See, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen just this kind of thing happen. Way back when, and I mean back in the mid-80s, I was involved in furry fandom, back before it had such a bad name and left a bad taste in your mouth. This is before the conventions, before the online games, before it was synonymous with fetish porn, it was an actually nice place to hang out, with great people. As it happened, a good percentage of the people who started the fandom just so happened to be gay. They didn’t start the fandom because they were gay, they liked anthropomorphics and were also gay. For those not old enough to remember, the 80s were even harder on gays than it is today, so many of the “leaders” in the “furry community” tried to make furry fandom as “gay-friendly” as possible. That’s fine, it’s my feeling that any fandom ought to be friendly to just about anyone, so long as they aren’t harmful or disruptive and there’s nothing harmful about being homosexual.
However, as time went on, the fandom stopped being about those who enjoyed anthropomorphics, some of whom were gay, to gay people who just so happened to enjoy anthropomorphics. The longer it went on, the more the fandom got focused on gays, bis, transgenders, fetishists, etc. It got to be a hangout, not for people who liked furries, but for people who lived alternate lifestyles. The conventions started advertising in alternative lifestyle magazines. This led to infamous comments like “What’s all this furry stuff, I’m just here for the sex!”
Yes, that was said. I know, I was there as a personal eyewitness.
In the end, they drove themselves almost into extinction. There are a very few furry conventions out there today, they draw, at best, a very few thousand attendees. Where once there were well-advertised furry parties and mini-cons at virtually every sci-fi convention, today it’s a rarity at best.
But is that all that different than what’s starting in the “atheist community”? It’s not about atheism, it’s not about opposing religious abuses, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about pushing a liberal agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with atheism.
How long until we hear “What’s with all this atheist stuff, I’m just here for the liberal politics!”?
I find it especially absurd because so much of what the “atheist movement” is founded upon are being thrown straight out the window. Freedom of speech? Sure, so long as it’s speech these liberal asshats agree with. You can’t be “sexist” or “racist” or “conservative” or anything else or you get shouted down. Note, I put those in quotes for a reason because apparently, if it falls outside of their far-left definitions, you get attacked, insulted and bullied. It’s the liberal way! Freedom of expression? Only if you express yourself in an “acceptable” way, according to them. Equal protection? Not a chance.
We’re moving from a group of atheists, some of whom might happen to be liberals, to a group of liberals, some of whom might happen to be atheists.
If this is what passes for “organized” atheism in America, count me out.