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15 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - A Post I Wish I Had Wr... · 0 replies · +2 points

Yeah, the modern approach to politics is something else. We're too busy demonizing anyone who dares to hold different views to hear what they are saying, and we don't seem to realize the harm this is causing. The notion that we might be able to learn from someone with different opinions seems like it has become obsolete.

15 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - A Post I Wish I Had Wr... · 0 replies · +2 points

I think you are right to highlight the issue of incivility in social media. It seems to me that this is the issue Smalley is addressing, and I don't read his post as suggesting that there is something unique about atheists that makes this any worse (or better) than it is elsewhere. If we are going to treat one another this way, it makes little sense that we'd be interested in coming together with others to work on shared goals, whatever they may be.

15 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - A Post I Wish I Had Wr... · 0 replies · +2 points

Yeah, I have been rethinking my use of social media lately. I rarely use Facebook for the reasons he addresses in the post. And while I have enjoyed Twitter, it seems that more and more people of those I see there are using it primary to argue with others. That might be fine for them, but it certainly isn't what I'm interested in.

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Stop the Christians Fr... · 0 replies · +3 points

Some probably believe that they are helping to "save" us, but I suspect that many others do it more for the approval of their fellow parishioners. But like you suggest, some measure of reassuring themselves also seems likely.

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Stop the Christians Fr... · 0 replies · +2 points

Some of the door-to-door salespeople used to annoy me even more than the religious proselytizers. Then again, they were relatively easy to get rid of so I can't complain too much.

My recent post A Post I Wish I Had Written

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Christian Privilege in... · 2 replies · +3 points

The last time I had to go in for mandatory jury duty, the judge led us prospective jurors in explicitly Christian prayer in which Jesus was referenced repeatedly. I found myself reflecting on how I was there against my will and now being subjected to this by a judge who was about to preside over a murder trial. Needless to say, I did not feel particularly comfortable.

2 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Christian Privilege in... · 0 replies · +3 points

True. I suppose I've had the good fortune to live in some areas where I would not have had to think twice about the sort of decals I'd like to put on my car. But yes, I've also lived in some towns far away from the South where this would have been asking for trouble too.

3 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Best Thing I\'ve Seen ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Me too, especially the part about having to take a bath afterwards!

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Best Thing I\'ve Seen ... · 0 replies · +3 points

You mentioned my favorite thing about his show: exposure to views that are often very different from my own without people screaming at each other. I guess conflict and high emotional expression sell, which is why we see so damn much of it. I'll take the calm and reasonable approach he offers over that any day.

5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - The Left Needs to Ackn... · 0 replies · +4 points

I think it is possible to value someone's opinions without necessarily agreeing with them. I think what many of us are seeking is the space to express opinions that may not always fit with some of the social taboos around criticizing religion. I think that your opinions can be valued as part of that discussion.