There it is – the big fat double standard elephant sitting in the middle of us.
With its rotundness and mockery.
Knowing this area isn’t known for it’s massive atheist/secular/freethinker population, I submitted my articles anyway. Luckily I haven’t received any death threats … yet. I don’t doubt that I will at some point for voicing my opinion and being honest. Odd how those characteristics are frightening to the point of threatening death to some people.
I have received two comments (one on each article) to let me know that at least one person is reading my posts in disgust and probably wasting time by “praying” for me.
In my A Teachable Moment In Secular Values post – I wanted to point out that, as a parent and an atheist, we ABSOLUTELY, have morals and values we follow and teach, and religion doesn’t own, create, or regulate morality. I received a comment from a female Reverend and another reader (and then the Reverend used my post to promote and link to her church – which I thought to be distasteful to do on someone else’s post)
And then this lovely comment:
Hmmm? I’m sad? There’s a difference between “sad” and “secure in one’s choices,” “happy with one’s path,” and “responsible for my own life.” And what exactly is sad – teaching my children how to be honest, kind, compassionate, integrity-filled members of society? I don’t think your definition of sad is the same as … oh, say… the dictionary.
In my Welcome National Atheist Party post – I was just welcoming the National Atheist Party. Founded in March 2011, the National Atheist Party is a diverse, all inclusive, progressive, secular political movement and a response to the lack of representation for all free thinking people who are legal, law abiding citizens of the United States.
Mr. Watson struck again:
Seeing as the deity you speak of doesn’t exist – I’m not sure why you would welcome me to his world. It’s like saying “Welcome to the world that PRIMUS built.” (this is a Transformers reference 😉 )
It is simply not true.
Regardless… my issue lies in the cowardice and disrespect.
If I went onto (for instance) the Reverend’s blog post and said anything remotely close to the pointlessly ignorant sentiments that Mr. Watson so lovingly left for me and others to read – I would be verbally attacked for being a bigot, working for the devil, evil, or any other number of wonderfully unoriginal slurs.
I have no problem engaging in discussion. I’ve done it on several occasions concerning atheism and theism.
It’s an unfortunate double standard that I will no longer allow to be “the elephant in the room”. People like Mr. Watson are aware of their intentions. I am aware of his intentions. This is a blatant case of sarcasm and ignorance. And I will no longer be quiet and allow the ignorance of others steamroll over what is right and what is wrong.
Wrong: Posting things on blog posts with a generally negative, sarcastic, and disrespectful tone, without really SAYING anything. Inciting irrational means of communication.
Right: Engaging in a reasoned discussion, asking respectful questions, being open to a rational and logical debate.
How did I learn these things you ask?
Elementary, my dear Watson!
Education and Tolerance.
I recommend reading my A Teachable Moment In Secular Values post for more ideas 😉
E Pluribus Unum To All, And To All A Goodnight!
**** UPDATE**** Mr. Watson Strikes Again!