Atheist activist PZ Myers gives us an insight into what his agenda is all about when encouraging his followers to be “bad without god.” (April 8, 2012)
Myers begins by noting, “Atheists have a bad rep, and the general public thinks we’re all amoral, corrupt monsters who reject god so that we don’t have to be held accountable for our wild drug-snorting, baby-chomping gay sex orgies. It’s a false stereotype; most atheists are indistinguishable from their Christian neighbors and make many of the same ethical choices they do.”
So what do to about this?
Announcing that atheists are “good” is a repudiation of our actual goals, which are subversive. We aim to change the culture. By the definitions of the people we’re trying to reach with that slogan, we’re actually very, very bad.
We aim to change the culture. Anyone who still clings to doubting the fact that Gnu Atheism is a cultural movement should feel free to let go of that doubt and accept the truth – the Gnus “aim to change the culture.”
So what type of culture are they trying to bring about? One in which the there is no bad rep for being “amoral, corrupt monsters who reject god so that we don’t have to be held accountable for our wild drug-snorting, baby-chomping gay sex orgies?” Or one in which there it is no longer true that “atheists are indistinguishable from their Christian neighbors and make many of the same ethical choices they do?”
According to Myers, the Gnu Utopia would look like this:
I want to provoke and challenge, I want to change the status quo, I want to tear down the gooey conventionality of morality and narrow standards of public behavior. I want us all to mock and laugh at public professions of piety. I want to change how people think, and I want people to reject the absurd claim that our morality is founded on an odious holy book. If you want to have a wild weekend of sex and drugs and rock and roll, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, I will say, “good for you.” If your weekend is spent as an escort at an abortion clinic, if you spend it lobbying for separation of church and state at your Capitol, if you spend it heckling homophobes, good.
Okay, in the Gnu Utopia, there will be minimal standards of public behavior. Wild drug-snorting, sex orgies will be praised. Religious people will be mocked. And morality is just political behavior. You are a “good person” for having a wild weekend of sex and drugs and rock and roll while hating on religious people and protesting against religion during the week.
The Gnus tell us that the world would be a much better place if we could only drive all religion into the closet. Yet it turns out the “much better place” they have in mind is really nothing more than minimally constrained hedonism coupled with anti-religious bigotry.