Delicate Atheists

Have you ever pondered just how delicate modern day atheists are? They are so fragile that they depend on organizations to police communities to ensure atheist safe spaces are created. One champion of Atheist Safe Spaces is the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Apparently, atheists are so easily traumatized by public displays of religiosity that the FFRF has found its niche as defenders of the little flowers. Here’s one recent example:

The University of Florida has been hit with a cease and desist letter from the pro-atheism Freedom From Religion Foundation legal activist organization, which is demanding that a Bible verse etched in its new Heavener Hall be removed.

The complaint letter, addressed to President Dr. Kent Fuchs, protests a short verse inscribed along an arch in the 1-year-old “Collegiate Gothic”-style business school at the Gainesville-based public university.

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Adds Seidel: “This inscription demonstrates a school preference for religion over non-religion and for Christianity over all faiths. When a school chooses to display an excerpt from a religious text, it signals to students who hold differing beliefs that they are outsiders, that they are excluded from the campus community.

Are you serious? I went to college as an atheist. And I recall one building which had Bible verses inscribed on it. Did it make me feel like an outsider? Excluded from the campus community? Of course not. How silly is that? My undeveloped critical thinking skills were enough to tell me that inscriptions on a building had little to do with a community of students.

But apparently, today’s young atheists are different. The narrative tells us that atheists are bold, outspoken defenders of science and reason. Yet the evidence indicates they are special snowflakes in need of Safe Spaces.

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8 Responses to Delicate Atheists

  1. advancedatheist says:

    I agree. FFRF exists mainly as make-work for parasitic atheist attorneys. I let my membership lapse a few years ago when I saw how that organization harassed governments and school districts in communities most Americans have never heard of. It really pissed me off when it went after the city government of Prescott, AZ, near where I live, for sponsoring a Christmas event with some religious imagery. I grew up in Oklahoma, and Arizona by comparison seems like a significantly less religious place where the christians don’t harass you with their foolish witnessing techniques. (Ironically these remind me of what pickup artists call “day game.”) If some christians in Prescott want to use public property for their propaganda – well, it doesn’t bother me.
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    If FFRF and similar organizations wanted to challenge a law based on christian beliefs which causes actual harm, I suggest that they go after legal restrictions on teen boys’ structured sexual instruction with prostitutes, allowing that to happen legally between the ages of 15 and 18, if it looks like a given boy can’t figure out how to close the deal with a girl for the first time on his own. That would go a long way towards making sure that boys don’t fall behind and wind up as adult virgins.

  2. TFBW says:

    If FFRF and similar organizations wanted to challenge a law based on christian beliefs which causes actual harm, I suggest that they go after legal restrictions on teen boys’ structured sexual instruction with prostitutes …

    You have an interestingly Darwinian concept of “actual harm”. Also, ew.

  3. advancedatheist says:

    @TFBW:

    We can see starting in middle school (or its equivalent in your country) which boys naturally attract girls. They get girlfriends early, they get the best looking girls, they get the most girls, and they become sexually active in their teens.

    The rest of us boys basically get shunted aside, and our elders tell us to “develop ourselves and wait” until our 20’s, before our turn arrives for sexual relationships – even though by then the young women have had their early experiences with those other boys, who set the standard for their sexual expectations. (No wonder we see so many sexless marriages and divorces when women marry Mr. He’ll Have to Do.)

    And no one tells those other boys that they have to postpone their rapid skill development with girls, which they can pursue as an end in itself, because they have to build up their character first.

    Again, everyone has seen this in his own life, yet no one wants to talk about it outside of the Manosphere blogs and forums. I would like to abandon certain christian superstitions about sex so that the unfavored boys can receive some sexual training in their teens to make them feel welcome into the tribe.

    I don’t expect christians to go along with this, of course. They still want to pretend that every single teenage boy in their congregations has all of these opportunities for fornication to fight against. How many sexually abstinent adult men in the christian tradition wound up that way because women found them sexually yucky, not because these men showed some great moral fortitude in resisting sexual temptation? Probably more than you would care to admit.

  4. TFBW says:

    @advancedatheist: I’ll keep this brief, because you went well off-topic here. Let’s just say that I’m not convinced that your cure isn’t worse than the disease, and I believe that you’re projecting a great deal. Beyond that, I’d like to have a more meaningful discussion about the subject but this isn’t the place. If you’d like to take it up elsewhere, name the forum.

    I’d be all for FFRF taking up your cause, however, but my motives are somewhat Machiavellian.

  5. mechanar says:

    although they are technically right I always find myself asking How the flying horse cares!??!
    But okay far better question! The FFRF says it show a dominace of christianity over all other faiths. Well have they ever asked how it is intended? If it is a verse that Proclaims gods love for ALL human beings of good nature which then includes alls muslims hindus atheits and so forth Its a compliment.maybe its a verse from the bible that has been chosen like its being chosen in a movie and serves a completly different purpose. But no the moment it is from a religious text it is so That atheists are being offended because thats is everything what christians apparently do all the time, atleast in there heads.

  6. calebt45 says:

    The latest gaffe:

    Have a look at the comments…

  7. Allallt says:

    I feel a bible verse in a Gothic-styled building is a good style choice.

  8. UpstateIslandersFan says:

    “Most of what I’ve read of yours is material that has been sent to me about my alleged views, which is completely false. I don’t see any point in a public debate about misreadings. If there are things you’d like to explore privately, fine. But with sources.”

    Ouch!

    I really think this man is delusional. Saying there are millions who would love to hear a debate between Chomsky and himself is more than just a stretch. It implies people care that much about Sam Harris, which, well, I don’t think they do.

    The thing is, Chomsky seems to have a more of a moral basis and foundation to himself. Harris doesn’t. He comes across as more of a glib and arrogant blowhard better suited for a TED conference extolling something shiny and new but utterly meaningless.

    Michael has pointed out his boasts of being a neuroscientist, which are not really backed up by a serious range of work. Perhaps political philosopher should be added to that as well.

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