How to be a Good Atheist Activist

The “Friendly Atheist”  offers advice to his flock concerning how they can become better Atheist Activists in his Atheist Voice video from Apr 7, 2015.

He writes:

But here’s a completely different idea: Don’t worry about doing anything I just said. Figure out what you want to do. Do it. Become really freaking good at it. Then use that platform to promote atheism.

Hmmm.  How does the activist go about promoting something that is supposed to be akin to not collecting stamps?

Here’s how:

Are you a journalist? Write about problems within the church. Tell stories about people who deal with religious oppression.

See?  It’s not “write about the good the atheist community is doing” or “tell stories about atheists who have served their community.”  To “promote atheism” you’re supposed to highlight stories that put Christianity (the church) in a bad light. Which, in essence, is what Mehta’s blog is all about as it seeks to widen the gap between “us and them.”  Bashing and mocking religion are the hateful traits that define the atheist activist.

This is just further evidence that atheist activism and intellectual honesty are incompatible.

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10 Responses to How to be a Good Atheist Activist

  1. Kevin says:

    Conversely, Mehta the Oh So Friendly Atheist would implore said journalist to not report on the good being done by religious people or organizations. Because the Friendly Antitheist dosent care one bit about truth.

  2. SteveK says:

    The virtues of not collecting stamps (atheism) are illuminated by the act of tearing down the virtues of stamp collecting? I think this is false and Mehta knows it. I’d like to see him list the virtues of ‘not collecting stamps’ so I can see them clearly.

  3. dognillo says:

    Michael, you’ve convinced me that there is no such thing as a good atheist activist (and as you know I’m an atheist). It would be one thing if these people were pointing out and opposing specific instances of religious oppression or intolerance. But then they wouldn’t be atheist activists, they would be activists against religious oppression or intolerance. Atheism doesn’t need any activists. The title of your post reminds me of the John Loftus book “How To Defend The Christian Faith, Advice From An Atheist”, which I found to be entirely stupid from start to finish. Loftus is not interested in defending, only in tearing down.

  4. TFBW says:

    This is what happens when an anti-theist pretends to be a mere non-theist in order to evade demands for justification.

  5. Tim L says:

    When Leah Libresco converted from atheism to Catholicism there was an interview with her on Unbelievable (I think it was Unbelievable)…. And, they had Mehta as the counterpoint on the interview. But, it was the most embarrassing counterpoint view ever offered. It came entirely to Mehta being incredulous over Libresco’s conversion. He knew he couldn’t go point for point with her…. she’s by far the better intellect of the two. So all he had to rely on was “you seriously are going to believe this?…. really?!”.
    I suggest anyone to find that interview and listen to it simply to have your jaw drop at the cringe inducing replies of Mehta.

  6. Billy Squibs says:

    Yeah, that was Unbelievable? Mehta also appeared on the same show with Randal Rauser. It was on another appearance on the same show that Rauser commented that Mehta really didn’t live up the friendly part of his assumed moniker.

  7. Michael says:

    dognillo,

    Got your email. Thanks.

  8. Dhay says:

    > It’s not “write about the good the atheist community is doing” or “tell stories about atheists who have served their community.” To “promote atheism” you’re supposed to highlight stories that put Christianity (the church) in a bad light. Which, in essence, is what Mehta’s blog is all about as it seeks to widen the gap between “us and them.” Bashing and mocking religion are the hateful traits that define the atheist activist.

    The idea that Christians must decrease that atheists might increase is straight out of “honour-shame” culture, such as prevailed in the ANE at the time of Jesus and which prevails today in many parts of the Near-East, Africa, India and the Far-East.

    Here’s Jerome Neyrey and Richard Rohrbaugh commenting how extraordinary it was for John the Baptist to take a contrary stance.

    https://www3.nd.edu/~jneyrey1/LimitedGoods.html

    So instead of promoting modern Western Enlightenment scientific-rational (WEIRD) values, the mindset Hemant Mehta is actually promoting is the mindset driving a Pakistani honour-killer.

  9. Ryan says:

    Dhay: Here’s Jerome Neyrey and Richard Rohrbaugh commenting how extraordinary it was for John the Baptist to take a contrary stance.

    https://www3.nd.edu/~jneyrey1/LimitedGoods.html

    Thank you for this link. It was a very edifying read.

  10. pennywit says:

    Hmph. If you’re a journalist and religion is your beat, you cover a negative story about a church if that story is news. Not because you’re anti- or pro-religion. But because the story (whether it’s embezzlement, political activism, or whatever) has an impact on the wider community.

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