When Atheists Attack…Other Atheists.

I have a dear friend on Twitter. Her handle is @iamatheistgirl and she is well worth following. Her blog is beautifully written and very easy to navigate. I encourage everyone to check it out here at atheistgirl.com. She and I share many interests, not least of which is our atheism. We are of the same age, share similar family backgrounds and have many other shared interests.

Now, of course @iamatheistgirl (of whom I will now refer to as AG) has her fair share of theist haters, as do I and most other twitter users who identify as atheist. She frequently battles with whiny little keyboard warriors, all out to catch that one ‘GOTCHA’ moment. To catch AG without a leg (or a pithy meme) to stand on. They cannot do it and it makes for great reading when they try.

What truly puzzles me however, are the atheists who decide to judge her unworthy of the moniker and throw forth a barrage of harassment and a pack-like vitriol. One recent attack was so vicious that AG had clearly had enough of the senselessness of it all and considered packing it all in.

The question arises then, why would like minded people wish to tear down other like minded people? Unfortunately, the answer is tediously simple.

In Australia we refer to this as the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’, and many of us gleefully engage in it, almost as if it was a national pastime. This insidious behaviour is almost exclusively the playground of the petty and jealous, and judging by the patchy followers and the vacuously predictable tweets, these atheist hounds are acutely aware of the wit and humour that they sorely lack.

This makes me angry. It is not for each of us to judge ‘how atheist’ we all are. Atheism has no dogma, no prescribed behaviour, no higher accountability. And anyone who believes this…well, go back to theism.

So here is my open letter to ‘Polite Atheists’ who aren’t polite and ‘Honey Bot Creators’ whose tweets are so green they’re nuclear. And to anyone else wanting toImage result for I am atheist girl tear down a true hero of mine.

Dear Atheists,

If you don’t like the message, don’t listen. If you don’t like the greenly uncomfortable feeling that you get when you read a well considered tweet and secretly think, ‘I should have said that’ – don’t follow. But above all, don’t try and tear down that which you wish you had. It’s petty.

It also gets in the way of why we identify as atheists in a public forum. We are here so that people who are questioning can safely do so. Without derision, without fear and most of all, with acceptance and warmth.

AG, and so many other atheist women and men give support and encouragement to those people seeking answers outside of their church and families. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself – what is the purpose of my behaviour?

Thank you in advance, my fellow atheists.

Mrs A.

4 thoughts on “When Atheists Attack…Other Atheists.

  1. “In Australia we refer to this as the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’, and many of us gleefully engage in it, almost as if it was a national pastime. This insidious behaviour is almost exclusively the playground of the petty and jealous, and judging by the patchy followers and the vacuously predictable tweets, these atheist hounds are acutely aware of the wit and humour that they sorely lack.”

    I think you nailed it with this paragraph. Bloody simple mindedness might also be suitable.

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  2. Although @iamAtheistGirl and I likely disagree on which approach is better, there’s something to say for both. She’s more aggressive whereas I (at least do my best and) try to be more friendly. I don’t always agree with her tweets, but can’t help laughing out loud at some other ones. I admire what she does and the amount of time and energy she spends on Atheist activism. She’s active on all the important social media platforms, next to maintaining her own website. She will defend others tooth and nail, if she finds out they’re being abused and/or threatened. So I was more than happy to join a few others, doing whatever it took to convince her not to pack it all in.

    Atheists are as different as humans in general are. Slightly different opinions should never be a reason to ditch a friend, let alone for abuse. I’m proud to have her as a friend, and when I say friend, I mean you certainly can have real friends in cyberspace. We fight for the same cause, and just as in any other conflict, a combination of methods and tools are necessary. I, for one, am glad she revised her decision. She’s one of us, she’s needed online.

    As always, great blog Jude! I’m sure AG appreciates it as much as I do.

    Peter.

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  3. The issue is (partly) due to the wide spectrum of ‘atheism ‘ the ONLY thing we ALL have in common is a non belief. And we will diverge somewhere down the list of common values.

    Plus. (What I think is the bigger reason)
    Many in the ‘atheist community’ have been. Marginalized throughout life. Beat down (metaphorically… one hopes) for ever, once they find others, and form up the tribe, the intellectual immaturity kicks in.

    Because they are now part of

    Wait for it

    ‘The in Crowd’ for the 1st time in their life.
    And they start the dominant bullying they were so hurt by earlier in life…

    And due to that intellectual immaturity, tgey dont even notice, beyond positive feedback from within that newly formed tribe.

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