A movement supposedly committed to science and reason has decayed into racism – misogyny and intolerance.
Although the new atheist movement once filled me with a great sense of optimism about the future of humanity this is no longer the case.
Movements always rise and fall — they have a life cycle of sorts — but the fall of this movement has been especially poignant for me.
The new atheists of today would rather complain about ‘trigger warnings’ in classrooms than eliminate rape on campuses.
They’d rather whine about ‘safe spaces’ than help transgender people feel accepted by society.
They loudly claim to support free speech and yet routinely ban dissenters from social media – blogs and websites.
They say they care about facts yet refuse to change their beliefs when inconvenient data are presented.
They decry people who make strong assertions outside of their field and yet feel perfectly entitled to make fist-poundingly confident claims about issues they know little about.
And they apparently don’t give a damn about alienating women and people of color – a truly huge demographic of potential allies in the battle against religious absurdity.