Hi all, I am going to be out of town until next Monday night. I plan to post on Tues. I spent some time tonight catching up on blogs and dug into the new Atheism+ movement that is being created by some of the FTBers.
The basic idea of it, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is, according to Jen McCreight of blag hag:
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women’s rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I am all for that. One hundred percent. I am proud to be a feminist. I am proud to fight racism. I am proud to fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. I do it regularly. Social Justice is important to me. I blog about it, and donate time and money to many social justice causes.
I think that much of the vulgar misogyny that seemed to run rampant this past summer in reference to Surly Amy, Rebecca Watson, and others was disgusting.
I also think the entire situation grew out of control and many people who were just asking questions and offering some comments were mistakenly labelled as misogynists. In short, I did not have time to comment on it while it was happening (my regular readers know that I did have time to blog much at all this summer). My opinion of the matter is that there were a lot of nasty things said and done on both sides of the issue. It is a shame that it played out the way it did.
All that aside, the various threats, rape jokes, misogyny and the blatant sexism that was hurled towards some female bloggers is unacceptable. The Atheism+ movement seems to have grown out of that. In fact, a key aspect of the Atheism+ movement is to marginalize those people. I have no problem with marginalizing misogynists and racists. None. My wife deals with misogyny and sexism on a daily basis at work. It is a common topic at our dinner table. I have close friends and family who are homosexual. LGBT rights of paramount importance to me. I feel that racism is simply not excusable under any circumstance.
As much as I want to support this movement, I am having a lot trouble with Richard Carrier’s blog on the topic, particularly his treatment of people in the comments section. I greatly respect Richard as a scholar and have read a decent amount of his work on history/the bible. I find that I always come away from his writings having learned something about history.
I am all for ignoring blatant assholes, but I am not for reacting in the manner that Carrier has. That rhetoric and language goes way to far for me. As things stand now, I can’t sign on to Atheism+ for that reason alone. Which is sad in a way, because I support all of the social justice causes that they want to support and the result of my not signing on is that Carrier thinks I am douchebag, C.H.U.D.(Canibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller), part of the problem, illogical, the enemy, retarded (really classy with that one), and I don’t recall what other descriptive words he used for people who didn’t immediately sign on. One thing is clear though, I should apparently Get The Fuck Out of the atheism or Atheism+ movement or something.
That is not going to happen. I do not know where all of this will land. I don’t know if my opinion will change (though it won’t if Carrier’s attitude stays the same). I suppose I will see when I get back in town and to a computer. Let me make one thing clear. Carrier is wrong to assume all of those adjectives apply to people who do not join the Atheism+ movement. Not one of those words applies to me, I know that, my regular readers know that, and I don’t give a shit what Richard Carrier thinks of me. I will continue my push for social justice either way.
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