We should no longer try and prove we our "civil" and "nice".
On MySpace and YouTube I post a lot of Christopher Hitchens links, and seem to have an unhealthy obsession with the man, but please let me explain why.
I don't have to tell any of you out there that we atheists as a whole are misunderstood, stereotyped, distrusted, and hated. There is ample evidence of this both personal and public for all of us I am sure. What has vexed me for some time now however, is how most of us react to it.
As the majority of us are more or less from the "Live and Let Live" school and are most likely left-leaning Liberals or Libertarians, I think it comes as no surprise that the largest portion of Atheists are not confrontational people. That doesn't mean we are spineless or will not stand up for ourselves and our beliefs, but it does mean that we generally don't get in peoples faces if it is not called for. Humanism/Confucianism principles dictate that tolerance and civility are inevitable results of being an open minded and informed person. Something most theists have no grasp of...
Admitting this "tendency" I feel that (and I am guilty of this also) many of us go out of our way to show that we really aren't bad people. As if, in a way, we are acting on some feeling of societal guilt to show that we are harmless, innocuous, stable, respectable people.
Richard Dawkins is the epitome of this approach. And while I think he is amazing and terrific human being and scientist, I can't help but wish he had a little more "pit bull" in him. Because when it really comes down to brass tacks, it doesn't matter a hill of beans what we try and present ourselves as to these Cretin Theists. I am finally full convinced, after almost 7 years of being an outright Atheist, that it is perfectly acceptable, perhaps even preferable, to be a Hitchenesque prick when it comes to theists.
Brian Sapient does a good job of it I must say....
No longer should we waste energy on trying to be "acceptable". We should simply be who we are.
I'm sure many of you may have watched the segment from Dawkins' God Delusion: Root of all Evil video wherein Pastor Buttstab Haggard gets in Dawkins' face. Dawkins performs the civil and respectable act of non-violence and simply leaves. That is fine. And in some manner, that probably is simply Dawkins' character. But you can't tell me you that you wouldn't have preferred it to be Christopher Hitchens in his place!
Because if it was, Hitchens would have taken a shot of scotch from his pocket canteen, grabbed Haggard by the head, and bitten his ear off ala Walter Sobchuk (John Goodman) v. The Nihilist at the end of THE BIG LEBOWSKI! Then kicked him in the nads, and quietly and calmly strode off into the sunset as he lit up another Marlboro.
And I can't help but think that all of us need more Brian Sapient/Christopher Hitchens piss and vinegar in us. People are going to hate us anyway.... Well fuck them. I'm tired of trying to accommodate them.
Enough is enough. Let us have the bravery to call it like we see it. Theists are simply either uninformed, ignorant, stupid, or intellectually stilted........and sometimes all of the above. The majority are simply morons, and I no longer feel like they deserve any "civil" explanation as to why they are.
-Jason, aka jimmylosanto