This blog has caused a bit of controversy over my use of the word "prick"... What do you think?
There’s often an assumption made by people who are atheist that generally those who are like minded in their views on God and religion will be like minded in other areas around human rights, gender equality, marriage equality, animal rights, and any other viewpoint that may have to do with “right” versus “wrong”. This is not a value judgement, this is more about perception; atheists tend to champion causes aside from the simple statement that “there is no god”. And there is a simple reason for this, that those who see the attitudes and values forced upon others by religious doctrine and dogma will tend to see inequality elsewhere when it arises. It is great to see so many passionate people acting as stalwarts for the rights of others and for the planet makes me feel I am not alone in my quest to make the world a better place. And while I label myself “atheist”, this speaks more of my tendency to examine situations and come to a conclusion based on evidence and observation, with the “God question” being but one of many questions that are raised.
However this does not mean that all “atheists” are like this, and it does not mean that atheists are all reasonable and rational people. This past week has proven this, with two examples of extremely sexist behaviour, one on Facebook by the famous atheist magician Penn Jillette, and the other coming from a “popular” atheist YouTuber named The Amazing Atheist, both who displayed utterly stupendous examples of not only sexism, but damaging misogyny on their respective pages or platforms du jour. I’m not going to post their comments here, but I’ll link to them do you can see for yourself at your own discretion what they were saying.