Hit and Run
I want to voice my support for my atheist friends in addressing what went on with Godlessmomma and ep support. I also have some thoughts and observations to share.
There is a problem that I have had with many Christians that I have had even more so with people doing the Course in Miracles, which some of you may be familiar with. I won’t go into their whole belief system, but one of the things that seems to happen to many people as they go through the course is that they deny having any aggressive impulses. I bring all this up because this is part of what I saw happening the other night with Orionlover and Shadowofdoubt. They acted in an aggressive way--going around changing logos on groups is pretty aggressive, their comments were aggressive—and then they backpedaled and acted like they hadn’t done anything, and located all the aggression in the atheists that were commenting. They did a "hit-and-run." They took no responsibility for their own provocative behavior. It was infuriating.
My challenge to you is to give some thought to how to respond to these kinds of provocations, which will be coming again. Think about what your real values are and articulate them. Although atheists do get censored and persecuted, don’t just respond as a persecuted group. Think about why it is important to have a vocal, uncensored atheist group. I think I and others who don’t identify as atheists could join the chorus, if you would like a broader coalition addressing this. But I won’t join in anything that counter-persecutes other groups.