Before you start reading this, I feel it is my responsibility to let everyone know that this post contains adult language. If you are offended by this, then move on, there's nothing more to see here. I write from my gut, which is evident in my blog posts, articles and my book. Sometimes what I have to say isn't all kittens, puppies and unicorns. I am, by nature, polemic. I do not offer this warning on my blog. If you are reading this preface, this is a reprint on another venue that may or may not appreciate my "occasional" need to speak freely. With that said, or written, as it were, I invite you to read on...My Facebook friend, Paul Jones, asked a question on my United Atheist Front, Inc., Facebook group. Actually, it was more of a statement that was presented in the form of a question, but it is, nevertheless, a very poignant point of view. As an atheist grows in their knowledge of what religion is doing in various parts of the world, our country, our own communities and in our own circle of friends and, in many cases, our own families, it becomes more and more difficult not to become totally, completely and unequivocally exasperated with the state of affairs. It is only a matter of time before many of us find ourselves treading the waters of punditry. We get to the point where we can no longer shake our heads and murmur our discontent to ourselves, but feel compelled to not only speak out about our disdain, but count ourselves as one of the "New Atheists." We actually look forward for opportunities to counter the poison that religion consistently foist upon our society.
"Is it bad that I find that most of my time spent on FB is spent ITCHING for a fight or debate? I find I actually WANT religiolards to sling bullshit status updates in my direction so I can crawl up there asses and publicly lampoon their deluded, "sky fairy belief system." I fear I have come to the opinion that it is SO IMPORTANT to stamp out organized religion it has made my company undesirable even for somewhat like minded friends. Im only asking what you guys think as I value my peers input. Anyone?"
Well, Paul, you are in a place where I found myself about a year ago. I am not only still there, but my drive to expose the dark, crusty and pungent underbelly of organized religion only increases with every story I read about honor killings, abrogations of the First Amendment here in the USA and breaches of freedoms in other countries, holy wars, jihads, terrorist acts, child abuse in the name of one god or another, the dumbing down of our children via the utter stupidity of teaching myths as truth in our schools, thought police, morality police and how feelings of guilt at the hands of religion that cause many people to take their own lives.
Yes, Paul, sometimes I go looking for a fight. Why? Because I find myself compelled to. I find myself with an unquenchable need to call people out on bullshit. I find myself unable to keep my mouth shut when that "What The Fuck" light goes off in my brain. I find myself with a need to stomp the shit out of the lies that religion propagates upon the world with the sledge-hammer of reason, logic and scientific truth. I find myself smiling whenever I read of a fellow atheist intellectually body slamming a religious fucktard into the oblivion of reason. I find myself gratified when that light bulb of logic goes off in the mind of the indoctrinated and they start down that path of reason that leads them to realizing that all religion is bullshit, a scam, a ruse, a lie and the single-most dangerous ideology that has ever been inflicted on our species. Faith is fine, people. But religion, doctrine, dogma and forced morality is not. Not by a long shot.
Does this make me a bad person? To the religious it does. I have lost friends, family, professional relationships and have even been run out of town for being as polemic as I am. I have lost count of the threats of violence that I have received. I've gotten countless death threats and am up to ten, count them, ten "fatwas" for my immediate execution by conscientious Muslims. On sight. Those of us who find ourselves in this place have one response to those who would threaten us, and that is, "Fuck off."
So, Paul, my answer to you is "No," it is not bad that you find that most of your time is spent itching for a fight or debate. You are correct in your point of view that it is important to stamp out organized religion. The fact that it has made your company undesirable, even to some of your fellow Freethinkers, is a sign that you are doing it right. Pushing people to think outside the box, even those who are like-minded, to step out of their comfort zone, is not a bad thing. Being accommodating to those who believe in a fundamental religion that includes commandments for the execution of unbelievers is unconscionable.
Keep on truckin,' Paul.
Al Stefanelli is the author of “A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism O... He also writes for the National Atheism Examiner and Yahoo! He is also the President and Founder of the United Atheist Front, wich can be found on the Web, Facebook, Twitter, Podbean and YouTube.