The haters, shade-throwers, and draggers continue to publish articles saying that New Atheism is dead because the “self-appointed leaders” are all old white males who are alt-right-ish and bigoted, and because the movement itself, having failed to wed itself with social justice and embraced misogyny and conservatism instead, has driven away its adherents. As I … Continue reading Michael Shermer’s take on the question “Is New Atheism dead?”
I wish I’d known of this article when I wrote my critique of faitheist Chris Stedman’s VICE article calling out the atheist “movement” for converging with the alt-right. As I noted at the time, Stedman was long on accusation, anecdote, and generality, and notably short on actual data. Are atheists really as bigoted, misogynistic, and … Continue reading The definitive refutation of those who say atheists are bigoted and alt-right
Chris Stedman, whom we’ve encountered before, has moved from job to job as a “humanist chaplain”: first at Harvard, then at Yale, and he’s now started jobs as Director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota and a Fellow at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College—an Evangelical Lutheran Church school). Author of the book … Continue reading Atheist Chris Stedman disses atheism again
What has struck me over the past few weeks is the anger with which certain writers (I won’t name names, but there are more than one) excoriate the New Atheists—even if those critics are atheists themselves! (I call atheists sympathetic to religion “faitheists.”) One thing I do recognize is that the vitriol is stronger when someone used to … Continue reading Why are faitheists so nasty?
This old question is of course being discussed again now that three Muslims have been murdered in North Carolina by an atheist. It’s not really an question that’s germane to the killing, for, after all, Hicks acted on his own, and we sure don’t have an atheist government. Nevertheless, this is one of the main criticisms … Continue reading Hitchens: Does atheism motivate governments to kill?
This is the image that faitheists, accommodationists, and believers have when it comes to Our Own Satan. It was produced by Ben Goren, who calls it “Richard Dawkins, Militant Atheist,” who sent it with the note: The opening sentence of that execrable bit of nonsense by Nury Vittachi that you’ve got as the top post right … Continue reading A militant atheist
You know, I’m getting really tired of taking apart atheist-bashing articles. The assertions about the flaws of atheism never change, the apologists won’t ever change their minds, and the articles will just keep on coming—perhaps even more frequently as the world becomes less religious and believers and faitheists get more defensive. And does anybody here really need to … Continue reading Canada’s National Post does some atheist bashing
Andrew Brown may get the award for Biggest Faitheist of the Decade, for, despite being an admitted atheist, he spends virtually all of his time excoriating atheism and atheists (especially Richard Dawkins) and keeping his mitts off religion. For years he’s done that at the Guardian, but now he seems to have expanded his venue to … Continue reading Andrew Brown really hates Richard Dawkins
I’ve often wondered why atheists, even liberal ones, often attack “militant” atheism while completely ignoring the perfidies of religion. After all, it’s not like atheism threatens the well-being of the world, nor do atheists kill people or tell them what to eat, how and when to have sex, or threaten others with damnation in the … Continue reading A wonderful attack on the “militant fundamentalist atheism” trope
There is so much atheist-bashing appearing in the popular press that I can’t keep up with it. And so much of it is repetitive that there’s no point in taking it all apart. Someone should simply write a piece on “common journalistic criticisms of atheism and how to answer them,” but that person ain’t gonna be … Continue reading Is religion irrational?