Thought this was an interesting perspective.
Trying to help my newly-atheist friends sound less pretentious at parties. It’s like there are stages of being an atheist: the initial phase of watching hours of debates on youtube and reading atheist blogs to build up an arsenal, testing that new arsenal out at even the slightest mention of God or the Bible, slowly realizing that’s a quick way to lose friends, letting the small ones go, and finally just saying ‘live and let live.’ These days it takes a lot for me to get pissed off or really choose to speak up. If I think a difference can really be made I’ll say something. I don’t mind a good argument, but really who cares if someone says “bless you” when you sneeze. As someone who is pretty firmly in the “live and let live” stage, I urge new atheists to have a little fun poking and prodding to stir up good conversation, but know when to chill out. The world is obnoxious enough, let’s not add to the pretentiousness.
This is a major part of my “ehhh"attitude when it comes to American Atheists. The organization just seems perpetually stuck in the second phase of ongoing battle.
Kind of ties in with the Nye v Ham debate. It’s fucking 2014, there is no longer a debate about evolution. Has no one ever read about the Scopes Monkey Trial? This debate has been had. If someone wants to believe in creationism, fuck ‘em. Lost cause. Educate the children and those people will be weeded out. I doubt any serious life changes were brought about by the debate, as well conducted as Mr. Nye was.
Hope everyone is having a good week, keep on keepin’ on folks.