You’ll be given love, you’ll be taken care of… Unless you’re an atheist with a billboard

We atheists don’t do ourselves any favours.  We really don’t.

Here’s the President of the American Atheist Society, David Silverman, in conversation with Bill O’Reilly (Warning: It’s painful viewing)

At no time should an atheist make Bill O’Reilly look sane.  Even when he’s babbling about tides or some crap, O’Reilly still appears to be the sensible one in the conversation.  ‘Oh, calling a religion a scam isn’t an insult.  Don’t be silly!  We’re trying to reach out to all the secret atheists who are going to Church.’  Uhhhh… right.

I prefer to think of O’Reilly as performance art.  How do people in the world respond to brute silliness?  In the case of the President of American Atheists, the response is to claim that people are secretly atheist and secretly agree.  It’s completely rational to believe that an invisible group of secret, anonymous people believe with you.

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Author: Mark Fletcher

Mark Fletcher is a Canberra-based blogger and policy wonk who writes about conservatism, atheism, and popular culture. Read his blog at OnlyTheSangfroid. He tweets at @ClothedVillainy

3 thoughts on “You’ll be given love, you’ll be taken care of… Unless you’re an atheist with a billboard”

  1. Silverman is referencing an actual phenomenon, but he’s also greatly exaggerating the extent of it and approaching the issue in a completely tone-deaf and aggressively stupid way.

    There are in fact many churchgoing individuals who can’t come out as unbelievers to their communities, families, and yes in some cases themselves. Calling all religions “scams” is not a good way to improve their situation, and it’s also patently false.

    The American Atheists have unfortunately put secular activists in the position of having to do damage control for a campaign that most campus groups would have rejected.

    1. You have an awesome blog (though — and I’m sure you’re completely shocked — I disagree with you on a few things). Are you cool for me to post a link from mine to yours?

      Outspoken morons like Silverman make it difficult for me to even discuss my atheism with my religious friends. We’re our own worst enemies.

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