Atheism, religion, and douchebags

I’m an atheist.  A sort of mellow one; I don’t care what other people believe as long as they don’t try to change me or make religion-based laws.  I have real issues with the modern atheist movement.  One, there’s a lot of straight white cis dudes who are prejudiced against women and other groups.  Two, I think many of them are building their arguments on an incorrect belief.

A lot of atheists seem to think that religion is the problem, and that if everyone got rid of religion the world would be a better place.  I think that’s too optimistic.  A fair number of people in this world suck.  And these people would be douchebags without religion, too.  They would find some other reason to be bigots and oppressors and murderers and whatever.  I think a lot of these assholes use religion as an excuse for their douchebaggery, instead of religion causing said behavior.  They would raise their children to be bigots and oppressors, just like some modern religious people raise their children to use religion against people.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of bad things are done in the name of religion.  Religion is the most frequent rallying cry among bigots to get people on board with their bigotry.  But I don’t think all people would magically be better human beings if they stopped being religious.  Douchebags are douchebags, regardless of their beliefs.

3 thoughts on “Atheism, religion, and douchebags

  1. Shira

    Agreed. Plus there’s that nasty habit some of them have of lumping in all religions together as if all were oppressing everyone equally, which only serves to further oppress non-majority religions (which are already being sat upon by whoever’s dominating in the region in question.)

    I will still defend atheism against jerkwad religious types every time, though.

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  2. hessianwithteeth

    I’ve found a lot of these same problems too. It’s scary how many atheists demonize Rebecca Watson and feminism. So many are quick to jump aboard the MRA bandwagon. I’d have to say my favorite well-known atheist right now is Chris Stedman because he’s actually willing to call these problems out. Ophelia Benson, Rebecca Watson, and Greta Christina are great too. But many of the biggest names (ie. Richard Dawkins) aren’t worth taking seriously anymore.

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