But I repeat myself...
At this juncture, despite various attempts at silending me and people like me, I am still quite free, legally speaking, to express myself.
I made a channel on a site I own on a server I rent to express myself on a matter in which I and many like me have long been silenced, hated, ridiculed, oppressed, murdered, imprisoned, and despised.
I have not, in any way, impeded or attempted to impede those with opposing opinions, who are in the vast majority, who have enjoyed free expression and social acceptance of their ideas for the majority of human history, from expressing their ideas.
I have not tried to deny them their rights, hindered them from participating in society or government, denied them their freedom, jobs, food, medical care, the practice of their religions, the reading of their ancient texts (frankly, I encourage they read them, fully, and examine them minutiously), the celebration of their birthdays, or any other thing.
I've expressed my disdain, which I am well within my rights to hold, for their childish, backwards insistence to clinging to outdated, stone-aged dogmas and the harmful practices they've perpetrated as a result of said insistence, their oppression of those who differ with them, and even their contempt prior investigation of opposing ideas, and contempt of which I can most decidely not be accused, having given ample opportunity to their ideas, having explored their literature and attempted their practices, and thoroughly investigated their claims. I have denied nobody their rights. In fact, despite my disdain for religion, I have often defended the rights of the religious to hold their beliefs and practice their rituals, etc., provided, of course, that they do no harm to others, do not force themselves on others, afford others the same peaceful right to choose to believe or not believe as they see fit.
My expression of my disdain in this context is no more a crime that expression of disdain for, say, facebook, or diaspora, or hipsters, or skinny jeans or Honey Boo-Boo, or Justin Bieber, or whatever. It is no more a crime (and I would argue, less offensive) as the religious crusades of vegans, constantly demeaning those who consume meat, and it's certainly far less harmful than the religious denying people dominion over their own bodies, or the right to love whom they love.
People are so quick to defend the religious, who have perpetrated a million deaths, genocide, wars, who have ruled the world for 1000s of years, who have imprisoned, ostracized, banished, beheaded, burned, stabbed, shot, dismembered, and buried alive those who disagree with them,
but the minute an atheist expresses himself, the world jumps on his back and tells him to STFU.
Seriously.I have never been a militant atheist.
I know little of Dawkins or the "new atheists", or any of that, and it doesn't interest me much.
But the more I seek to simply express myself, to vocalize openly, to acknowledge my lack of belief, the more I become subject to such attacks, the more I begin to see the rationale for militant atheism. More and more, militant atheism is making sense to me.
Everybody else is free to express themselves and participate in society and try to impose their ideas on others, but the minute we simply acknowledge our lack of belief, we become subject to attack.
I will continue to use the @godless
channel as I see fit.
Don't like it? Don't follow it. Add "godless" to your NotSafeFW filter. I don't care.
I'm not asking any of you to believe anything. I'm not asking any of you to let go of your beliefs.
I'm merely expressing myself.