|Some of those smug atheists.|
Go read it and I think you'll see. I can only imagine he's trying to one up Rex Murphy's latest anti-atheist screed. Perhaps he's going for honourary title of anti-atheist or mis-atheist-ist.
How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet
You know, the atheists, all of them a bunch of smug and annoying people. Let's write them all off.
He starts out by pinning for that long-past day when saying you were an atheist didn't make people think you were a self-righteous loather of dumb hicks given to making pseudo-clever statements like, "Well, Leviticus also frowns upon having unkempt hair, did you know that?"
Oh yes, what a dismal situation, indeed. Never mind, people losing their jobs or being shunned and disowned by their relatives. These are pretty minor things in the grand scheme of things now aren't they? Buck up people! Bear witness to the true persecution! Apparently, Brendan can not attend a party anymore without having to pretend his a theist so people won't think he's a smart-ass or a Dawkins drone. Jesus wept!
As for these Bible statements I presumably spew ad nausea. I get plenty of Biblical references from my presumably non-smug non-atheist Christian relatives. They bring them up nearly constantly. So what is Brendan's point precisely? I think he's rather he's lucky to have these problems, because I have no clue what my pious relatives will do to me if I brought up my atheism. I suspect it wouldn't be the same reaction he's getting.
You may not think it, but apparently Brendan has quite a few atheist friends and they apparently annoy the hell out of him.
Atheists online are forever sharing memes about how stupid religious people are. I know this because some of my best Facebook friends are atheists.Hey! "I'm not prejudiced! Some of my best friends are atheist!" But I doubt he would be any fun at the next Skeptics in the Pub.
To that end if you ever have the misfortune, as I once did, to step foot into an atheistic get-together, which are now common occurrences in the Western world, patronised by people afflicted with repetitive strain injury from so furiously patting themselves on the back for being clever, you will witness unprecedented levels of intellectual smugness and hostility towards hoi polloi.I don't think there is any problem there, Brendan. You do your own thing now and give the meetings a miss then.
If we all lived in presumably highly secularized Britain there would be less need for the safe havens that North American atheist clubs and groups provide. I'm not certain, but I think that something is getting lost in translation here and Brendan doesn't seem to recognize how embattled and marginalized non-believers are in North America and possibly also rural UK and Europe.
I think that there is a need for these communities and as such an atheist identity is inevitable. As for positive outcomes of atheism, we do have Secular Humanism and, for some, Atheism+ for others and just being a decent human being counts for a lot.
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