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Government and religion bashing is grand, but…

Regular readers know very well that this blog’s themes are more or less as follows:

The list is in no particular order and largely reflects personal political leanings that have been defined over my adult life. I naturally gravitate to the left of the spectrum. I am also an atheist and cannot now and never will understand why otherwise sane and smart people are drawn so deeply into religious mythologies.

There are, of course, exceptions to these themes. I will often talk about my kids, my travels (another set of China entries coming up in a couple of months!) or just random stuff. But by and large, my scribblings have been pretty negative most of the time and over the last couple of days I have reflected on this.

I am not normally a negative guy. It’s just that discussions about politics and religion bring out that side of me. I guess it’s because I am really passionate and have deep-seated beliefs about both of these subjects and like to get up on the soapbox to scream out loud about how I know better.

And the bitch of it is that these types of posts garner a lot of traffic on my site. The more vindictive the post, the more visits I get. I normally average about 40-50 hits a day. But when I pen a vicious diatribe that equates Stevie to something less than a corner-dwelling sewer rat, the traffic doubles or triples.

But after reading a few of the notes I have penned over the past few months, I have decided to stray away from the negative, attack-ad style posts in favour of something different. I don’t yet know what that “something different” will look like – it will evolve over time.

I started this blog as a creative outlet that I could use to write about things that were different in style and substance from what I do for a living. So I am going to return to this for a while and write a little more about the things that drew me to blogging in the first place.

No, Trashy ain’t gonna let Stevo completely off the hook! I will still lambaste him, his ReformCon cronies, right-wing politics and stuff of a non-secular nature. But just not quite so much.


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  1. Of course, if people with religious beliefs weren’t always trying to manipulate governmetn and law to restrict the freedom of others, there might not need to be much criticism of the beliefs. We don’t, for example, see many web sites criticizing a belief in leprechauns or selkies. But religion demonstrably hurts people, although the particular religious practices of any individual may not hurt anyone but that individual. If you replaced religion with “swinging a chainsaw”, nobody would think twice about whether or not that should be criticized: it’s irrational, possibly dangerous, and serves no public good unless there happen to be trees nearby that need cutting down, and even then. Many (most?) religious people can never answer the question “Why should your religion be above criticism?”

    I think it’s necessary to criticize religion at every turn, much like I’d criticize an adult who believes that homeopathy saves lives, or that reiki actually heals people. Religion poisons thinking, and that ultimately hurts everyone, even if they aren’t religious.

    Unfortunately, religious belief has been granted respect far above its station. Criticizing it is a sort of taboo, and people who do so are looked down upon… even though religious people have no problem criticizing those who don’t follow the same delusion. And, of course, because religion causes thinking to be atrophied, deeply religious people won’t (not can’t… won’t) see any logic you put in front of them regarding the irrationality of faith.

  2. XUP says:

    There was a discussion somewhere once decrying atheist bloggers. No one could figure out why they exist – ha ha. Because mostly all they did was criticize other people’s beliefs.

  3. trashee says:

    Sry – I meant – atheist “blog”.

  4. trashee says:

    If you wanted to sent up an atheist post and wanted a contributor…

  5. Heh. We do think alike.

    I find the same general traffic patterns on my blog for similar subject matter (although, oddly, the math posts bring the most traffic, but I don’t write those often). I haven’t been happy with my last few anti-religion posts either… I pulled one back and some of the others, on re-reading, didn’t really hit the core message I was after.

    It’s really easy to attack Christianity, for example, because, well, it screams out to be attacked. But does attacking it achieve anything beyond the initial “heheh” among rational people?

    So my plan for the coming year is to soften the message a bit. I write less political stuff than you do, and I make an effort to be fair an balanced (not in a Fox News way), so I think I’m OK there. I want to get more science and space stuff up there as well.

    I write my amateur radio stuff mostly on a separate blog dedicated to that purpose. I almost started a fully atheist blog last year, but I didn’t think I’d have enough material.

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