Based on news from the war zone, Atheism+ is writhing like a bloodsucker covered in salt.
I’ll apologize in advance for this comment, but it occurred to me that feminists running an atheist movement is like a science study group run by evangelicals. No good can come of it.
I wonder when everyone will get tired of the back-and-forth and just go off and forget the whole thing ever happened.
When Matt Dillahunty fumbled his way into their forums anonymously he tore the veil off the scorpions’ nest. Still, he makes apologetics for them, complaining that they want him to apologize while still maintaining that Atheism+ is a good thing. He says that he dutifully exposed flaws in their system which were subsequently fixed while ignoring the obvious: he’s still being punished because of the flaws.
What’s a newbie poster on those forums to do if they make a mistake? Banning is the only option. No one can say, “Oh, you broke a rule and now that you’re aware of it don’t do it again.” Instead, just ban. Atheism+ is such a safe place that even its strongest supporters can’t get into it. They’re eating their own.
I was a bit uncomfortable when I began to see feminist talks at atheist conventions. It’s not that I don’t think women should have rights; it’s that feminism is a polarization with its own set of polemics. At first, I thought, well, it’s good that atheists are aware of such things, that they’re being brought up, but the discomfort remains.
And what does this Atheism+ movement accomplish? What good do they do? Nothing. Nothing except to build a fence and put everyone outside it unless they swear fealty oaths and know the secret handshake. A+ is a totalitarian mindset where even the slightest variation on opinion is met with a zero tolerance and almost violent response. (Watching John the Other being approached by people with box cutters and threatening manner leads me to think that violence isn’t far beneath the surface.)
Once again I’ll ask: is Atheism+ divisive? Why even ask the question? The people who have fallen into this useless ideology become more shrill by the day and are being isolated from the larger community of atheists and they have become those who one shuns, sort of like backing away from a crazy person.
For those, like Matt Dillahunty, who think that Atheism+ is still a good idea, I have to ask just what is it that Atheism+ could ever accomplish that atheists in general could not? What was not being done before that is being done now? What successes have come from the movement?
Its greatest success is that a number of rising stars in the non-believing world are falling from the sky. It has become an us-vs.-them fiasco. The best outcome for everyone would be complete dissolution and a memory purge. Let’s all just pretend it never happened and go back to what we were doing.