No more Mr. Nice Guy
I try to be polite. I really do. I have the bad habit, unfortunately, of saying the most offensive things to people without fully realizing it. So for the most part, I’ve accepted the fact that my opinions and ideas are unpopular with a large segment of society, and the people who happen to hear or read what I have to say will, at times, be deeply offended.
My vitriol will sometimes bring the ire of many who think my ‘in your face atheism’ is contrary to our goals. There are many who believe co-operation is key, and with time, atheism will gain the respect and recognition it deserves. To these people, I say ‘good luck’. As far as I’m concerned, all great political and social movements is the result of the work and dedication of passionate individuals. If you want to be listened to, it helps not to be polite. Would civil rights have been possible if men like Martin Luther King had politely asked to be a recognized part of society? Would the feminist movement have gained ground by quietly asking men to extend equal treatment? Does anyone think homosexuals have a chance of being finally recognized in society without making a fuss?
Atheist Revolution and Black Sun Journal both agree with me on this point: We’re sick and tired of being told that we are damaging the movement. Soft atheism has been tried and has failed; the fact atheism is on the rise in Western nations is due to the hard work and dedication of individuals who refuse to sit down, shut up, and play nice. If we went back to being timid, there’s no doubt in my mind we would lose ground.
To those who accuse me of being too hard nosed, I’ll make a deal with you; once religion starts playing nice, so will I. But so long as their leaders abuse children, call on nations to be obliterated off the map, or strap bombs to their flock in order to kill in their name, I’ll be there to call them out on their shit. Sounds fair, doesn’t it?