I don’t like the term Antitheist!

Ok, there I said it.  But it’s probably a good idea to spend some time explaining what I mean.

I am not saying that I have a problem with vocal, in your face activism.  I don’t, in fact I encourage it.

PEDANTRY WARNING!  LINGUISTIC RANT TO FOLLOW!

What concerns me here is the careless use of language.  Consider:

Theist: One who believes in a deity.

Atheist: One who is the opposite of a theist, ie, that does not believe in God.

Theism:  The state of belief in God.

Atheism:  The state of disbelief in God.

Given those terms, I think the label ‘Antitheist’ improperly sets us up in opposition to /people/ who believe in God: An untenable position from which to be an effective activist.  I think we should take care how we construct our labels – They are so often so easy to misinterpret, it behooves us to do the best job that we can to avoid confusion, especially when it is so clearly counterproductive.

I have no problem with the idea of being in opposition to dogma, including religious dogma.  But I think that it’s best to keep our general ire into the direction of ideas, and our specific opposition reserved for people who embody the worst of religious privilege and cultural poison.

In any case feel free to discuss, disagree, or try to change my mind.  ;)

Last comment on Grim affair

I have received a private apology from Mr. Grim and consider the matter closed. Thanks to everyone for their support! In response to his apology I have archived the original article I posted with the details of that affair, and will offer no comment on that provided he and I move about our separate ways.

My Story – Journey from a Fundamentalist Christian to an out-and-proud Atheist

I’ve had a long road from being a Christian Fundamentalist teenager to an out-and-proud Atheist and Secular Activist. I get asked from time to time what my story is, and so I thought I might write it down.
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The Importance of Coalitions

I don’t know how many people realize this – But something amazingly shocking has happened this year. There hasn’t been that much press on it, and I think it’s important that it be highlighted for everyone to see.
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My own FFRF.org Billboard

For funsies:

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More “Woo” comes to Central Pennsylvania!

http://www.i-newswire.com/pennsylvania-s-first-himalayan/97232

Found this article today:

Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center, 120 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, March 21, 2011 – Dr. Margaret Smiechowski, North America’s foremost expert on Himalayan salt, is pleased to announce that her latest salt cave design is set to be revealed on March 29th, 2011, at the opening of the Tranquility Salon and Wellness Center in Carlisle, PA. Like all of her salt caves, the Carlisle cave features eco-friendly building materials and a highly sophisticated climate-controlled environment. However, this cave represents what Dr. Smiechowski calls the “new generation” of caves in the United States.
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Slightly disappointed…

A week ago, I went to the American Atheists 2009 conference, and for the most part, had a great time. Melisa and I got to meet a lot of great people, and talk, and heard some great speakers.

One experience, however, has stuck in my mind since the conference, and I thought I’d share about it. I’m pretty much a left-wing liberal secular humanist atheist, while my wife is a dyed in the wool right wing Ayn Rand objectivist atheist. This, in itself is causes some interesting discussions in our house, but hey – Discussion of differing ideas is what makes the world go around, right?

Well, that’s kind of what disappointed me. When I mentioned that fact to the people at our table after Mike Malloy said he couldn’t see how you could be right wing and atheist, (And hearing some of the loud agreement with that statement at the conference), I was dumbfounded as to how close-minded some of our fellow atheists seem to be on this topic. When my wife mentioned some of the ideas of objectivism to a lady at our table, she (the lady in question) became livid at the idea that government shouldn’t help the indigent and the poor. This seemed to color the rest of the conversation we were having as well. Now, I do disagree with this statement, but it seems to me that this type of thing should be able to be discussed without the obvious anger and revulsion at some logical and rational level.

In any case, it seems that even we, who claim to be open minded and rational, tend to have a bit of work to do in our own camp as well.