posted on Aug, 1 2012 @ 03:16 AM
I don't know, but it seems hard for me to even wrap my head around the idea of an "athiest community."
Whether there is a "community" in being or not, both Thuderf00t and P.Z. Myers, the principals in the OP's video, are actively seeking to organize
one. Rebecca appears to think that there is one, or one being built, to whose men she is addressng her advice and complaints.
's post goes on to list tastes and opinions that, so far as I know, don't have communities. Until just the other day, I had no
idea that there is aa American community who actively advoctes that public monuments be designed solely in Roman-classical style. They are currently
mobilized in connection with the proposed Eisenhower memorial in Washington, D.C. At other times, they apparently console each other over their
outrage at the Viet-Nam War Memorial "wall" (the very epitome of a classical Greek war memorial, but I digress.)
The criterion by which a broad grouping is defined will typically leave open a great deal of interpersonal variation. Atheism is, indeed, defined by
how someone answers the question of God. There is no reason to think that people who answer the same way would necessarily have anything else in
common. All granted.
But it is also unsurprising that many people who agree about anything which is important to them might be similar in other ways as well. Both P.Z.
Myers and Thunderf00t think that the world would be a better place if more people answered the question of God the same way they do. So, both of them
do things which they estimate will foster that goal.
I can scarcely imagine anybody who has an opinion about anchovies caring what anybody else's opinion about anchovies might be. But religion, like
economic and political opinion, has a history of people caring about that. And I'm also confident that if you found somebody agitating against
anchovies, and asked them "Why do you care what anybody else thinks about anchovies?" that they, too, would have a story about why the world would
be a better place if more people answered the question of pizza toppings the same way they do.
In closing, it has been proposed that you cannot hate what you do not believe exists. This seems demonstrably false. There is nothing about believing
that God doesn't exist that excludes acknowledging a serious possibility that he does exist. Possible existence is sufficient to form a rational
opinion about something. Hatred is not especially demanding in its requirements for a rational basis anyway.