I think we’ve all heard the religion is like a penis expression, if you haven’t, I’ve very thoughtfully included it below.
However, I believe the same can, and indeed, should be said about atheism. This by the way is not coming from somebody who prescribes to religion, belief in god, or a church. I have been an atheist myself for a very long time. This is quite simply an issue of respect for people of all beliefs (the exact same thing that atheists have been calling for in regards their beliefs for a long time.) And this is my point: Atheism is a belief. A belief that there is no God, and science is what we put our faith in. I’m not a fan of people who post religious things on my Facebook feed and enjoy pushing their agenda onto others, and in a few cases, mocking or looking down on those that do not feel the same way as they do. So what’s with the trend of atheists doing the exact same thing? We all see it. They put up pictures of Dawkins along with his more disparaging quotes about believers. How exactly is this any better or more accepting than the religious ones doing this? How is somebody making fun of you for not believing in the same thing any different coming from an atheist rather than a religious person?
The other issue I have with this is that, generally speaking, the people that they socialise with, or have on their Twitter and/or Facebook feed are people who already agree with them. They move in the same circles and tend to have similar pastimes and backgrounds. So they’re not exactly preaching to people who don’t think the same way, or at least are unaware of what they believe. The people reading their revolutionary statuses or tweets don’t care, or are going to comment saying that they agree. Those that happen to not agree tend to get shouted down by the majority of this particular social circle. Not a lot of room for discourse there then
The final reason why I’m getting sick of the “shoving of atheism down the throats of your friends” behaviour, is quite simply this: I live in Ireland. This is not the catholic, mass going, priest venerating country it once was. Ireland is in the top ten atheist populations in the world.
In other words, they are not saying anything particularly radical. All they are doing is just annoying people who don’t think the same way they do, or don’t believe what they think they should believe. There is such a thing as evangelical atheism, and when they’re that person who can’t stop posting their beliefs and why they’re right and everyone else is wrong, they are as bad as the bible thumping believers that nobody really likes.
So if you think you may be one of the people doing this, please stop. It’s very annoying, and it clogs up my News Feed with the same thing over and over again. I just came online to look at funny pictures and cats. I don’t want to have to look at stuff I already agree with. The internet is supposed to be about expanding your horizons and reading differing ideas and perspectives, not hearing the same thing shouted over and over again.
In other words, you’re being super boring. Just stop it.