Potential dates get wise too soon?
Closing out our religion news coverage for the week:
We learn from The Atlantic:
There aren’t many serious atheists, mostly geeky young men:
By numbers alone, American atheists really aren’t that big of a group. According to a 2012 Pew report, atheists make up only about 2.4 percent of the population. Even agnostics, whom you could maybe call atheistic-ish, only account for an estimated 3.3 percent of Americans. Although both groups have grown somewhat since 2007, the bigger change has been among those who identify as “nothing in particular”—roughly 13.9 percent of the population, which is an increase of 2.3 percentage points over five years.
So your social life might be limited. It gets worse.
Richard Dawkins, one of the keynote speakers, encouraged attendees to “ridicule” people’s faith. Not all atheists take this tone toward faith, but it’s a somewhat common posture, especially among some of atheism’s most vocal advocates, including Dawkins and people like PZ Myers and Bill Maher.
Think about it: They are encouraged to centre out your friends, neighbours, relatives, customers, clients, and guests for ridicule. Soon you might not have a social life at all.
Date? If you need a person in your life who alienates almost anyone who has ever cared about you, seek help. Honestly.
It’s a classic signpost: Trouble ahead. We’ll let the counsellor explain in more detail. For example:
There are also downsides to these kinds of anonymous online [atheist] communities. In a 2011 incident referred to as “redditgate,” a 15-year-old girl posted an image of herself holding a book on atheism she got for Christmas; a number of commenters replied with sexually explicit remarks. Other instances of sexual harassment in the atheist community have raised questions about how friendly it is for women.
Based on what we have seen over the years, if you are thinking of getting involved with new atheism, especially if you are a girl, do seek help first.
Whether or not there is a God, if the universe were really as destructive as these people sound, it would have died out a long time ago.
See you tomorrow. Lotsa science news coming up.
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