While the Atheist Activist community sells itself as a group of people who place priority on evidence and critical thinking, the community instead places priority on emotion that 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 entire globe.
Mehta and his team of propagandists, of course, rely heavily on this technique as fodder for their popular activist atheist blog deceptively named, “The Friendly Atheist.” For example, in a recent thread, Mehta posted a blog entry entitled: Triple-Murder Suspect Told Police He Didn’t “Know Where God Put” Victim’s Body. I guess the message there is that if you become a Christian, you’ll end up becoming a murderer who eats parts of his victims.
To help us all understand how this propagandistic cherry picking works, imagine of this 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. And then we could go from there. Thanks to the internet, let me show you how easy it would be.