I'm leaving the "atheist movement". My hearfelt sympathies to Rich Woods and others who may feel the same.
At first the atheist groups were for me quite fun and entertaining. All the good stuff of bashing the supernatural and sticking it to the fundies. Dawkins, Dennet, Hitchens, Harris and Ali are still icons for me. But now I find that atheist groups are devolving into extremist ideological camps that do not tolerate dissent. The expulsion of Thunderf00t from FreeThought Blogs is a good example.
I'll be blunt. There is a disproportionate amount of time and energy dedicated to the extremist fringes of social justice. I consider myself socially liberal and wholeheartedly agree with the general principles of human equality and I feel I'm preaching to the choir on this with the majority of atheists. But I absolutely refuse to acknowledge that atheism must be hamstrung by some specific ideology even if it champions social justice. When atheist groups latch on to extremist dogma, then there is no place for me among them. I'll give you an example.
Some time back on a skeptic blog it was stated that we should boycott any meeting or group where the panel is made of soley white males. We are asked to disregard the fact that these individuals on the panel are experts in their fields and have something interesting to say. Indeed, it is mandated that the panel and the audience must be at least 50% women and there should be some representation of other marginalized groups ie. African Americans, Latinos, LGBT, etc. Furthermore the topics at hand need to acknowledge these sociologic factors even if the topic is the Higgs-Boson particle discovery. I don't conform to this sort of ideological stupidity.
I am dark skinned and of Indian origin and I recently went to a Roger Waters concert ie. The Wall. I thoroughly enjoyed it and guess what? 90% of the audience were white males. What these self-defined social justice atheist nuts recommend I do is shun the progressive social justice message that Roger Waters preaches and instead boycott the concert because of lack of diversity. The irony is so fucked up. In the name of social justice, I should boycott a singer who champions social justice because there weren't enough women or blacks in the audience. Well fuck off!!!
I can go on about several other issues that relate to what I see as a radical feminist hijacking of atheist groups. It is the endless and annoying diatribes of how oppressed they are from the evil "patriarchy" and "privilege" that has led to a lot of self-reflection. I really don't belong with this crowd. And by the way, they take great orgasmic pleasures in pointing out the privilege of others as they mount and fuck their moral high horses but are never self-critical of their own privilege.
And these fucktards are now dominating the atheist blogosphere with anecdotes of alleged sexual harrassment because a couple hands a card to a speaker to invite her for group sex. Or there will be threads about whether a movie like "Brave" is feminist enough. What the fuck does that have to do with atheism or skepticism let alone the price of cheese? And if you come across even in the slightest way as being contrarian, you will be regarded as a troll and banished like Thunderf00t. And yes there are scores of lobotomized men on these forums who slavishly agree with them like the poor sheep in Animal Farm ie. "four legs gooood, two legs baaaaaad".
Folks, the atheist groups are headed in a downward spiral because of whiny brats that champion victimhood and reject personal individual freedom and civil liberties. We are not going to be united in securing our freedoms in a rational secular society. Instead we are going to caged and gagged by repressed harpies who hyperinflate "Go Daddy" ads as a patriarchical Super Bowl plot to oppress women. Guys like Thunderf00t who has done an exemplary job in promoting atheism and reason should have never been booted off simply because he has a different opinion regarding sexual harrassment at atheist conferences.
Thus far Rational Responders seems to be immune to this and thankfully, I'll still be occasionally writing posts on this site. And don't worry. I'm still an unbeliever but I won't be cavorting with fellow unbelievers who reject one form of fundamentalism in favor of another.