While the Atheist Activist community sells itself as a group of people who place priority on evidence and critical thinking, the community instead thrives by peddling propaganda and negative stereotypes about religious people. Activist Hemant Mehta effectively admitted this when offering advice on how to be an atheist activist by encouraging atheist journalists to “Write about problems within the church. Tell stories about people who deal with religious oppression.” In other words, employ the propagandistic technique of cherry picking, which is not hard to do thanks to the internet’s ability to record every infraction or outrageous claim that occurs around the globe.
Mehta, of course, relies on this technique as fodder for his popular activist atheist blog. For example, in a recent thread, Mehta posted a blog entry entitled: The Jehovah’s Witnesses Allowed a Sex Offender to Proselytize Door to Door… Then Someone Noticed.
To help atheists understand how this propagandistic cherry picking works, imagine of the atheist activist approach was used against another large group of people – educators. What if I were to create a blog that sought to demonize educators? Let’s call it, “Teacher! Leave Those Kids Alone!” Would it be hard to follow Mehta’s advice and regularly find stories that put teachers in a bad light? Not at all. Let’s say, for example, my anti-teacher blog was trying to sell the message that teachers can’t be trusted around children. One way to sell that message would be to post, on a fairly regular basis, stories about teachers being arrested for sexual misconduct with their students. Thanks to the internet, let me show you how easy it would be.
On August 11th, I could have posted the following:
A substitute teacher in the borough’s public school district has been arrested and charged with having sexual contact with a 16-year-old female student, Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a news release Thursday.
Twelve people were arrested or cited in Lincoln on July 29 as a part of the National Johns Suppression Initiative aimed at reducing sex trafficking.
They included a Lincoln Public Schools teacher, and a man who taught classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a Lincoln attorney, according to the Lincoln Police Department.
A high school teacher and former school board member in Tennessee are accused of having a sexual relationship with the same 15-year-old student.
Houston County sheriff’s deputies say 43-year-old Richard Tyson and 70-year-old Ernest ‘Tommy’ Beechum were arrested on multiple charges including sexual battery by an authority figure.
The previous day, August 10th, I could have posted about the following:
Lafayette Parish deputies arrested a former Acadiana High algebra teacher Tuesday morning for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
And on August 9th, I could have posted:
A former Ecker Hill Middle School music teacher who sent hundreds of explicit emails to a student will serve up to 15 years in prison.
Derek Spitzer, 54 and last known to live in Salt Lake City, was sentenced last week to two one- to 15-year prison terms, to be served concurrently, after he pleaded guilty to two second-degree felony counts of enticing a minor.
According to charging documents, Spitzer sent approximately 500 emails, many sexual in nature, to a student at the middle school between October of last year and January. Spitzer’s actions came to light in January, when the student showed the emails to a school counselor.
A Malden High School staffer is accused of sexually assaulting a student.
Steven MacDonald, 46, was arraigned Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.
MacDonald, a paraprofessional, is charged with multiple counts of rape of a special needs student. He was assigned to help the 16-year-old student in the bathroom, which is where the DA’s Office said the crimes occurred.
For August 8th, I could have posted the following:
A former Davidson College professor is under investigation, accused of using online chats to communicate with underage girls.
According to a search warrant, the investigation into former Davidson College professor Michael Edwin Dorcas began in February 2016 when the state was contacted by investigators in Wisconsin.
A 12-year-old girl from Wisconsin told investigators she had become online friends on a video game with someone she believed to be a 15-year-old boy. She says the two began chatting online via Skype.
“Once the two started web chatting via Skype, the suspect was able to convince the victim to remove articles of clothing in order for the victim to expose her breast for the suspect’s sexual gratification,” the search warrant states. “The suspect requested the victim to remove her panties, however, the victim did not comply.”
A former Arundel High math teacher convicted last week of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old student faces similar charges in Baltimore County from an alleged incident that took place 13 years ago.
On and on it goes. You get the idea.
So if I were to set up an Anti-Teacher blog and posted stories like that daily, while adding in other stories about teachers being bad, while soliciting comments from people who had bad experiences with teachers, would that justify the message that the teaching profession is evil and teachers should not be trusted around children? I think not. I think most people would instead think I had this odd obsession with hating on teachers.
Well, the same lesson applies to the activist atheist community. Yet they are oblivious to the fact that they come across as people with this odd obsession with hating on religious people.