In the States sometime in the last few months thousands of people gathered in a common cause, a common mind and parked in Pay Parking allotments. They all paid their few bucks entrance fee, they gathered and discussed their idols. They lamented the recently deceased, they praised the recent text of their latest favourite and they bought souvenirs.
At the top of a large field a stage had been erected. The overnight rain reflected off the metal framework, the crowd surged forward. Music blasted out of massive speakers as the people talked. The music died and a spotlight illuminated an opaque podium on the stage. The buzzing sound of the crowd gradually reduced to a gentle murmur. Then, in a predetermined order as that is the best way to run an event, speaker after speaker came onstage to declare his unquestioning love of Reason and his utter disbelief in God. Then your man from Mythbuster’s came on and gave a slightly nervous and laboured speech pretty much saying the same thing.
That was, from an outsider point of view, was the recent Reason Rally. A grand festival of atheism were smug people declared themselves mentally superior to people with Faith. They then swamped Twitter and other social media with tales and videos. Hence my viewing of the Adam Savage video.
Now, I am a rather out and proud atheist (has any one ever said that: an atheist = aTHEIST, I hope not) and I live in a country that declares itself as about 83% Roman Catholic. It also has religion enshrined in the Constitution and refuses to open a debate about abortion without referring “to scripture”. But the idea of a large festival such as this seems to be nothing more than a large circle jerk.
It is just as much indoctrination as a Holy Communion or large Papal Mass. Scientists explain why there version of reality is deffo the right one, I mean they have fucking Phd’s and what have you got? Huh?
They have the right to Free Speech, of course, and they have the right to say that the existence of an all-powerful, yet lazy and prejudiced Creator Deity who watches whilst you masturbate and judges you for it, is utter bullshit. But do they need to have a rally? And does it need to be so fucking smug?
I prefer to keep my atheism to this blog, occasional catty comments in the office and my reading. As I am sure many theists prefer to keep their religion to Mass, books and occasional blind hatred of homosexuals.