Saturday, February 2, 2013

Terrible representatives of atheism and feminism

People generally have thought Joseph Stalin, Kim Il-Sung, Mao and Marx have been terrible representatives of atheism. While undeniably true, representation has not improved.

Adam Lee, white knight of all things atheism, presenting atheism as pretty much the savoir of humanity:

Daylight Atheism advocates secular humanism as a positive, uplifting and joyous worldview that deserves a larger following and wider recognition in the marketplace of ideas. Original posts and essays explore atheism and humanism, science, politics, philosophy, and the ever-present threat of fundamentalist religious darkness.

The other day, our champion of secular thought used a study of atheists online to present the current state of affairs as absolutely awful when it comes to supporting females within the secular movement.

Adam came to a lot of conclusions and then stood atop the mountain to tell us how bad we are.

What happened next?

Well, his fans showed up to make idle threats

But more importantly -

The author of the study (Mary Ellen Sikes) stepped forward to tell Adam that the public Twitter forum alienated people from secularism.

She described the general Twitter stupidity as essentially puerile. The specific words used were "sophomoric" and "unhelpful".

In a Tweet to our friend Ophelia, she writes "Withdrawing now. Tweeting leading to gross misunderstandings."

Mary Ellen Sikes understands Twitter, and seemingly understands how poorly Ophelia uses it.

Speaking of Ophelia, since her blog about acid-throwing and subsequent apology debacle, an acid attack has occurred in London. The suspect was described as wearing a hijab.

(Aside: in 2010, in Oregon an acid attack was simply made up)

What to do now? Is it plausible that the perp was a fan of Michael Shermer, or Richard Dawkins? Do we blame the patriarchy, or maybe videogame tropes?

The Twitter atheists, since they have very little editorial control, are the sensationalist tabloids of atheism. Every event they cover is not mentioned as if they are authoritative critic of the news, but rather an incredibly political machine with little credibility.

Who should represent atheism on Twitter?

@Pontifex

He never feeds the trolls, never works to undermine what reputation he might have left, and never participates in the follow-fest. The Pope understands Twitter.

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