In defense of the white male atheist
Folks, this is going to be long winded but I think deservedly so. For some time I have pondered over the issues of race, gender and atheism often put forth on other sites (eg. pandagon, skepchick, Greta Christina, etc..). My overarching sentiment is annoyance (much like having only one arm, hanging from a cliff and unable to scratch that itching hemorrhoid) over this. And I happen to actually respect and admire those atheists most of the time. But, contrary to their opinions, race and gender have nothing to do with atheism.
As a Godless, brown skinned Indian, I would like to irrefutably state that atheist groups are not white male organizations. Barring the few a-hole atheist white supremacists, overall atheists are IMO the most tolerant bunch. So why all the fuss over demographics? So what if a particular group has mainly white males with white speakers (which for the record is not true)?
I think that those atheists who get their panties in a knot over this are really trying to subordinate atheism under specific ideological umbrellas (eg. feminism) because of the urge to make atheist groups "inclusive". That women and minorities have atheist narratives wholly different than white men should be the justification for diversity. It's not that white male atheists are overtly sexist and racist. Indeed, the argument goes that white men collectively occupy a position of privilege and shape the atheist discourse. And this patriarchical programming leads to unconscious biasing against traditionally marginalized groups ie. white male atheists are covertly racist and sexist. And I can defecate more of this postmodernist crap but I think I'll halt.
It's quite appalling the immaturity of such racist and sexist claims by these folks. I liken them to those who are outraged when women are not enrolled in clinical trials for prostate cancer. And despite their obvious high intellect on various atheist and rationalist matters, their intelligence vanishes as they ignore inexhaustable list of atheist/agnostic women and people of color:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Neil deGrasse Tyson
And some of these folks are presidential speakers of the so called "white male" atheist groups. And I suspect that those on this list are casually ignored by the PC atheists because they don't conform to a specific ideology. For example, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a feminist but she also defines herself as libertarian much to the ire of mainstream feminists. Similarly, I'm sure feminist Amanda Marcotte of pandagon would not stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow atheist and porn star Nina Hartley.
So what is the the fundamental mistake of calling an atheist group with mainly white members a "white male atheist group"? It is the notion that atheism is an ideology. Sorry Greta and Rebecca, atheism is the exact opposite of religion in this regard. There really is no racial or gender narrative that shapes atheism. Simply put, it is the unbelief in God. Period. It's all about the individual (NOT THE GROUP) who stands in opposition and defiance to the supernatural. It's an individual who favors science, reason and rationalism over superstition. And just because a group happens to consist of mainly white males does not mean that the path to this enlightened view is colored white or shaped like a penis.
Indeed it is religion! RELIGION! FUCKING RELIGION! It is religion that unfortunately shapes the atheist demographic. Women and minorities have been historically more subverted by this mind virus. If the goal is to diversify atheist groups then stop bashing white males as being the road blocks. Every white male atheist I know is tolerant, pro-choice, pro-diversity, pro-porn, anti-racist, pro-LGBT, etc.. And if Greta (who I do adore) still thinks that the discourse is shaped by a caucasian androcentric hegemony then I'M SO PROUD TO BE AN OREO COOKIE!!!!!!!!