Do You Think Atheists Today Are Angry?

Well, if you want to get pissed off then listen to MMO excoriate lazy atheists way back in 1971

All I have to say is that this is an inspirational speech. Listen to it several times. Fact check her speech. Then try to figure out how to dust off your broken pride and put it back in your chest.

  1. Great to see you back, MAL. Hope all’s well.

    I’m not so sure about Madeline’s ideas here. They might have been accurate in 1971, but the noisy decline of religion and subsequent growth of humanism since the early 90’s would, I think, even have surprised her. Another thing to bear in mind is that she’s only speaking from the U.S vantage where religions roots run far deeper than in the rest of the developed world.

    • Although we see a decline in religiosity (thanks in large part to young people’s connection to the internet where religions come to die), I see the same problem MMO raises: the willingness to sit on one’s ass while religious incursions into the public purse and usurpation of governmental power to promote religious privilege are made… now under the excuse of tolerance and respect for differences. Although religiosity itself is in decline, the pernicious influence of religious privilege throughout the West continues unabated.

      • True, but I generally see this as the death-throws; the fearful and noisy bickering heard as worlds collapse.

  2. Listen to this talk. It’s worth it.

    I have long pissed into the wind telling faitheists of all kinds that the example of political atheism is not North Korea or China or Cambodia or Russia… long predating any of these totalitarian anti-human systems was a little experiment called the United States of America. That is the Great Satan of political atheism so vilified by religious apologists and conformists and atheist accommodationists today. It’s nice to hear a speaker mention unrevised history to bear out this fact. Why don’t more people know their history? Better yet, why don’t more Americans realize their subsidization of religious privilege now costs its citizens upwards of a hundred BILLION dollars a year… and increasing? Is that what a national soup kitchen – the most advertized form of religious ‘charity’ – should cost? Or is the public being duped while being fleeced?

    As far as I can tell, only New Atheists take up the challenge of publicly criticizing religious privilege in the public domain. As far as I can tell, this is the only bastion of organized atheists willing to try to disestablish publicly funded religious incursions into every aspect of our culture. The weapons are reason and reality. Yet I find more atheists willing to condemn Dawkins and Harris and Dennett and Hitchens for their tone than support the fight for human advocacy against the rising tide of religious submission they lead.

    I love the way MMO describes the various kinds of atheists and their level of diminishing courage as they self-describe their non belief into the various forms of distancing agnosticism and other more secular terminology (rationalist, skeptic, humanist, and so on). I see myself in reverse and better appreciate the progression I have had to go through without such authors to show me the way to reach my advocacy for New Atheism.

    Thanks for posting this.

    • She was brutally forward in that assessment of atheists in general for the 200 years prior to the speech. There are many who will talk about what atheists should be doing and how they should behave but I rather like her assessment of what they should be doing – fighting religion’s efforts to build theocracies.

  3. I liked this speech

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