Atheism∞: The Logical Counterpart to Atheism+

Perhaps the most poignant criticisms of the ideas of Atheism+ I criticized almost a month ago come from this parody:

The video above describes the introduction of Atheism∞, a third movement of New Atheism that includes not merely LGBT-and-women-and-blacks should be protected by the Government and the rest of society issues, but issues nearly all Atheism+ers consider to be of importance, such as Global Warming, non-human-life rights, nutrition, declining bio-diversity, the “re-emergence of tuberculosis” and gun control. While I don’t know of any sane Skeptic who isn’t concerned about nutrition, Global Warming, and declining bio-diversity, it is clear that, as Atheism+, Atheism∞ is all about introducing not-clearly-necessary baggage into the Atheist movement. The video above also satirizes the idea that organized blogging collectives do not create divisions between those collectives and other bloggers and blogging collectives (thankfully, there are no organized YouTube collectives!)

C0nc0rdance’s reply to Atheism+, however, misses the whole point of the movement. Atheism+ is all about purifying the atheist movement from the lack of complete agreement with the FTB positions on LGBT-and-women-and-blacks should be protected by the Government and the rest of society issues the Four Horsemen of New Atheism have. It is all about naming & shaming, ideological tests, and restricting speech in comment threads. To ask its founders to oppose ideological tests is like asking them to oppose religious tests, or tests of belief in an old earth and the safety of vaccination. Also, on the Internet, the community chooses its command structure-all popular decisions made by the command structure are by definition supported by the community.


Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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