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Atheist Drama

A lot was going on this past weekend. Americans celebrated our independence from England, American Atheists flew banners over half the nation, and atheists celebrated our independence from gods. Yet despite all of this, most of the e-mails I got this weekend were asking me my opinion on Rebecca Watson’s 4am elevator encounter.

Let me be clear here, I respect Rebecca and support her right to blog about her experiences. I don’t think every atheist blogger needs to comment on her experiences. I recently wrote about my thoughts about the death of Ryan Dunn because I met him and lived in the same town as he lived in and died in for many years. That was my experience, but I don’t think Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, or Hemant Mehta (among others) should comment on my experience.

In short, I wasn’t there and I really don’t care. So I want to take this opportunity to talk about drama. Sure, everyone loves a good drama. But it really isn’t productive. I am glad Rebecca talks about her experiences and feminism within the atheist movement and if atheist bloggers want to discuss feminism in more detail and perhaps come up with suggestion on being more welcoming to women within the greater community of reason, I am sure Rebecca would be thrilled and that would be worth writing about. But the drama just gets in the way.

Let’s be rational and leave the drama to reality television. Now, I am still taking suggestions for tract ideas (see previous blog post).

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  • http://nogodz.wordpress.com/ Mark Pogue

    Overreaction to everyday activity is rampant in our society.
    Paranoia has become our worst enemy.
    Everyone is looking for that “gotcha” statement or gaffe.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    I wasn’t there Mark, so I can’t say it was an overreaction. In fact, from Rebecca’s video it seemed that she was just pointing out the irony. I haven’t read anything she has said since them because i really don’t care but I can understand if a woman felt intimidated being approached at such a time and place. My point is that I shouldn’t be expected to blog about this and I don’t think anyone but the people involved should have either.

  • Durr De Hurrr

    The problem with this whole non-event has been that many of the people commenting (and some of the bloggers feeding them) seem to think that if you aren’t absolutely outraged and foaming-at-the-mouth furious because some guy in an elevator at 4am asked a woman back to his room for coffee, then you are a horrible, disgusting, sub-human misogynist who needs to be purged from the ranks of the official atheist league.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    I’m not horrified, I just don’t care.

  • Durr De Hurrr

    Then according to the hysterical comments I’ve seen, you are misogynistic sub-human scum.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks


  • Cogitator X

    This type of BS sensitivity keeps Rush Limbaugh & Fox News in business. Western women live in the safest society for women in history thanks to sub-human misogynistic men who fought & died to make it so.

    The day asking someone out in an elevator becomes a threat is the day I stop caring & start voting Republican.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Again, I wasn’t there. I don’t know how threatening the guy might have been. Only Rebecca knows how threatened she felt. I also don’t really care. The experience is for her to blog about.

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