Don’t be an atheist asshole

I’m an atheist but I hope I’m not an atheist asshole. On Twitter you’ll find tweets like this:

#jesus is satan lol

And this:

#allah eats bacon

Now I guess the person who tweets these thinks they are being funny, but where is the wit? I don’t see it. It seems to me exactly like going to the funeral of someone who has died of AIDS with a banner that reads, “God hates fags.”

Hate is hate. I don’t see the difference.

37 responses to “Don’t be an atheist asshole

  1. I, too, am an atheist and I agree with what you wrote. Now, having said that, some Christians and some members of other religions believe that any and every atheist is an asshole.

  2. Actual conversation between my BFF and me….

    Me: I’m an atheist, but I don’t claim it because those guys can be such jerks.
    BFF: I’m a Christian, but I don’t claim it because those guys can be such jerks.

    Sad that that’s the state of things, isn’t it? sigh

  3. My brother is an atheist asshole. He would like to educate EVERYONE about how stupid they are. Very hard to take.

  4. I am a religious pluralist, weaving my spiritual identity of Buddhism, paganism, Catholicism, Marxist atheism, existentialist atheism, and other philosophies. My circle of friends tends toward the atheist end, but it does irk me (as it does you, Steve), that some of them express the self-righteous intolerance they so quickly condemn in Christians. Luckily, I know a lot of atheists, Christians, and others who believe wholeheartedly in a pluralistic society (even if their own core values are more homogenous than mine).

  5. Hate is hate and assholes are assholes.

  6. Having taught high school students, I often found that either their parents or society in general had never properly taught them right from wrong, good from bad, funny from hateful. The only example that comes quickly to mind is a student who had been hauled before the Discipline Committee. I asked him, “How could you say something so cruel to a fellow student?” Mind you the poor victim was a scholarship student. His answer, with a wide-eyed look that said I was crazy, “Dr. Simpson … do you know where he lives.”

    Beyond high school age I haven’t (fortunately) encountered the phenomenon much, so I haven’t seen it in or on or by a grown person who, in the politically incorrect days of yore, I believe would be called, “Socially retarded.” Now I think all sorts are simply into the group, “Anti-social.”

  7. Take comfort knowing there are assholes everywhere–atheist, believer . . .unfortunately they are the ones that cause the non-assholes to be judged unfairly and break down any chance for communication. I could tell you wouldn’t be an asshole either way. 🙂

  8. You are only bordering on it, Steve.

  9. But I like you anyway, because I somewhat get where it’s coming from.

  10. Would you consider Dawkins to be an atheist asshole?

  11. I see more Christians hating on Atheists than the other way around, which is the opposite of Jesus’ intention.

    • I think that is probably true. I personally think that secularism is now the driving moral force of society, and that can only be a good thing,

      • That can be debated since there is still quite a push from the religious world (particularly Christians), but I think secular views are finally starting compete at a fair level.

  12. Steve, what am I missing here? “Jesus is Satan” and “Allah eats bacon” are examples of simple idiocy. And a photo of a scary tattooed & pierced man. How (or, why?) do you link this to “atheist assholes”? Seems just sort of misplaced.

    • Steve, to you and me these are just silly comments. But to someone who has built their entire life around Jesus or Allah these could be deeply offensive. What is the point of being gratuitously offensive? What does it achieve?

      I have graced your own blog with my respectful and well-meaning comments. You may not always like what I say but I hope you realise that they are sincere and well intentioned. What if instead I wrote “God hates fags”? Imagine visiting the blog of a devout Christian and writing “Jesus is Satan”. The effect would be to drive a further wedge between two groups of people.

      As for the photo, I was trying to illustrate my theme of hate. I couldn’t find a picture of an “atheist asshole” 🙂

      You know, whenever some Christian moron says something like “God hates atheists” or “Atheists are in league with the devil” I wait for some more enlightened Christian to stand up and shout that person down. I also wait for moderate Muslims to loudly condemn extremists and terrorists. To my dismay I rarely hear such voices. This is me, shouting loudly to some atheists whose intention seems to be to cause offence, “Shut the fuck up, you morons!”

  13. “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”
    ― Hermann Hesse, Demian

    There is also saying “it takes one to know one”.

    There is also a Talmudic saying ““We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.”

    I think, how we see other people is a reflection of who we are.

    There is a Russian proverb “a pig will always find mud”. Apparently, we pay attention to what’s important and dear to our own heart. So, if we see assholiness in people around us, it may be time to question our own values.

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