The Book That Sparked My Atheism

While I have contended that I never really believed in God as a kid, and still hold true to that, there was a book that really got to me when I was thinking about what it meant to believe in a deity.  A lot of atheists have books by Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris or people like that, but to me there was one book that truly took my thoughts about a religious being and calcified them into a perfect blend of terror.  That book is what I believe to be the best work by H.P. Lovecraft “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”  A story that tells of a man who goes into an isolated community and learns things that slowly distort his mind until he doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore.

Can you think of a perfect metaphor for religion?  A values system that those who follow it believe in whole-heartedly and never have even a moment’s worth of criticism.  A belief structure that gets people so wrapped up in its narrative that they eventually cannot tell what is real unless it is the reality that they are told to believe in.  And any threat to that reality is actively attacked by its members.  Yup, religion in a nutshell.

But here’s the difference – in “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” the narrator finds out that the deity that this cult believes in is real.  He realizes that they are worshiping, communing, and even trying to cross-breed with being who are ancient and powerful.  Beings who are massive and beyond comprehension.  The Deep Ones are found to be real, but this knowledge destroy the minds of everyone who comes into contact with them.  See, the gods of this story and the Cthulhu Mythos surrounding it are not beings who care about if you stick your dick in another man’s butt.  They are creatures who are ageless, unknowable and see humans as so far beneath their concern that they act as they see fit without any input from those in the cult surrounding them.

When I think about a being that is capable of creating the entire universe, do you know what comes to mind – the Deep Ones.  I mean, why on Earth would a God give five shits about us?  What would be to it?  In the span of time that this universe has existed, with all the countless civilizations in the stars who have risen and fallen in the billions of years that this cosmos has existed, this idea that a divine being actually created us and watches us close enough to the point that they care if a man has sex with another man just makes me laugh.  It’s the pinnacle of absurd.

Something the book was very good at was portraying the narrators as small, and their lives as meaningless.  In the scope of the universe, that’s true.  We are insignificantly tiny.  We aren’t even a pixel in the massive image of the cosmos.  Given the size of the cosmos, we aren’t even an atom in it.  We are a subatomic particle.  If the size of the universe is our model, humanity isn’t even that.  We are NOTHING in the face of reality.  So when my religious friends tell me all about how God has our backs and cares deeply about us, it strikes me as complete hubris.  After all, since there is no possible way that countless civilizations better than us haven’t risen and fallen, then how exactly is it that a being with the power to create all of this finds us so fascinating?  What quality does humanity have that the rest of the universe does not?

And as the book points out, the answer to that question is – nothing.  We are NOTHING in the face of that kind of power.  The Deep Ones see us as meaningless, and so would any kind of god that could conceivably exist.  That reality shook my young mind up when I read the book, but then it made a lot of sense.

Here’s the truth – God is a fairytale that is created because the universe is a scary place.  It’s scary to think that we are so pathetic that we are one cosmic disaster away from not existing anymore.  One asteroid away from letting the octopus have its chance at sentience and living in the world we leave behind.  When people are faced with that kind of helplessness, it’s easy to just reach out to whatever source of moral comfort you can find in order to not feel so small and meaningless anymore.

Just like at the end of the book, however, we all must realize that religion is a delusion, and the God that you worship wouldn’t give a single fuck about you anymore than the Deep Ones did about that community.  Unknowable, infinite.  And when you think about the fact that infinite realities probably exist with infinite possibilities, then God would probably end up like Rick from Rick and Morty.  The only reason he is so cold and cruel is because he realized how meaningless his own life is because of the sheer amount of existences that he has been able to see.

But that’s just me.

Until next time, a quote,

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Peace out,

Maverick

YouTube is Strangling the Talent From Their Site

I remember back when I first started really watching YouTube.  It was 2008 or 2009.  I was into college and I remember hearing about this YouTube personality called The Amazing Atheist.  I tuned in, and I remember really liking what I saw.  So I decided to see what other voices there were.  There was Thunderf00t, King Heathen, Dark Matter 2525, Coughlin 666, gogreen18, and others.  An atheist movement came together on YouTube.  And it was awesome.  This little community that was fighting against organized religion.  What’s more – it was winning.  In the end, organized religion lost out.  Atheism won.

From there, I had personalities that were fun to watch and I got invested.  I still watch The Amazing Atheist.  I still love his content.  I love the podcast he is on.  It feels like I have some friends.  What’s the term now?  “Para-social relationships,” I think?  Yeah, I feel that.  It’s what led me to briefly be on a livestream show.  God how I miss that.  I have been with TJ and my compatriots through it all.  I have seen the destruction of the YouTube atheist community from SJW influence.  I watched the battle go from YouTube to gaming.  I have seen the battle go to the news.  All the drama, all the turns of what was happening.  It feels so familiar to me.

So when I see what YouTube has decided to do to the people who got them where they are today, it legitimately hurts.  What’s more, people’s lack of being upset bugs me too.  See, the old media has decided that since they can’t win the war against new media on a level playing field, they will attack their main platform’s money and then try and bankrupt the competition.  The really depressing part is it worked.  All of the major anti-SJW YouTube personalities are talking about how they can find a way to keep their content going.  Others are already saying that they are going to throw in the towel.  That they won’t try and make content if they can’t get paid for it.  New media showed how weak they are, and instead of having to up their game, they instead are trying to just burn down their competition.

And they’re winning.  Corporate old media is winning the online war.  What’s more, they have the people who view this content siding with them.  Lots of these fucking assholes going “better go out and get a REAL job, YouTubers!”  Yeah, because what they do isn’t a real job.  If it’s so easy, then why doesn’t your uniquely lazy ass working at Starbucks go out and do it?!  Go ahead!  Show me what you got!  Since corporate media is turning YouTube into a PG zone so no one’s fee-fees are hurt, show me what you got.  The old media is winning, and no one seems to care.  That just blows my fucking mind.

I love the YouTube personalities I watch.  Sure, most of the ones I watched long ago are gone.  I don’t even know what Coughlin is up to these days.  Probably getting no views as he keeps spouting SJW bullshit.  Haven’t seen a GrapplingIgnorance video in years.  King Heathen, whatever happened to him?  We all know what happened to Laci Green.  So many personalities, and they’re gone.  TJ continues.  So do others, who have found a way to make a living putting out incredible content.  Content that has been with me for so long and even helped me get through rough times.  These people’s livelihoods are threatened, because YouTube has decided that instead of standing up for YOUTube, they are going to try and be another Netflix or Hulu clone.  They want to have content that only caters to people who bring in Coca-Cola ads.  Like TJ and his ilk didn’t do that.  Like the people who say that SJWs are full of shit didn’t do that.

If this the direction that this platform that I love is going, then I won’t be a part of it.  I don’t go on there to watch fucking cat videos.  I go there to watch content about political and social issues.  I go to watch personalities I like make fun of the butthurt losers who feel the need to have their feelings be deified.  That’s what I am doing on that platform.  YouTube wants to take that away from me, and they have the support of the people who do NOTHING to try and stop them.  Who else is complaining?  Who else is saying that this is wrong?  Does @TeamYouTube even care what their audience thinks?  Probably not.  After all, every sign points to them planning to weather this out.  They figure that people will come back.  Well, I don’t mean to.  I can go to ACTUAL Netflix and watch something else.  I can go to whatever platform comes up next for the people I love to watch to migrate to.  Hell, I’ll blow hours upon hours of time on Drunken Peasant’s new monthly subscription site.  $5 a month to watch the content I want to watch?  Fuck yeah!

I am a patron of The Drunken Peasants.  I love so many personalities on YouTube.  If I get to see all of them go because they can’t make a living on this anymore, then fuck it.  I don’t want to watch the fucking cat videos.  Guess I am one of the few who feels that way.

Until next time, a quote,

“It’s better to burn out than fade away.” – Kurt Cobain

Peace out,

Maverick

Feminism is a Religion, and Now We have Proof

Many of the anti-SJW crowd have long contended that modern feminism is a religion.  It is EVERY bit as dogmatic as issues of faith.  And as we have seen in Phoenix, Arizona, they are now even arming themselves.  No joke, there was a battle of words between a left-wing and right-wing armed group at the capitol.  That was one of the most funny things I have ever seen.  It would be hilarious if the end of America’s credibility comes when we have left-wing and right-wing radicals shooting it out in the street.  It’s at that point that we are pretty much dead as a nation and waiting for our version of the Visigoths to take us out.  Modern feminism is a religion of intolerance.  It’s one where, if you dare to speak out against the faith, their leaders will attack you like rabid dogs.  Now they are becoming more and more violent in their faith.  It’s a marvel to watch.

The University of Regina, however, has added the final component that I needed to prove once and for all that this ideology is a religion – Original Sin.  The great mark of Catholicism is that they are firm in the belief of Original Sin.  And you have to confess your sins in order for God to forgive you.  A university in Canada has taken the same approach.  During a four-day event where they are decrying everything about manhood, they have set up honest-to-Groj confession booths.  No shit, here’s a link.  Check this out for yourself.  They are actually setting up places where they allow men with insane guilt complexes to tearfully confess all their misdeeds.

And what misdeeds are those?  Why, being manly, of course!  I am plenty in touch with my feminine side, so I am not one of these Red Pill, “Men must be masculine!” types.  However, there is a HUGE difference between being in touch with your feminine side and hating your man-parts so much that you are willing to go to a fucking confession booth and decry your very existence as a man.  That article I posted is fascinating.  A four-day ceremony where the religion of Feminism gets to have their priestesses come out and tell you why your Original Sin is bad and you are making life worse for women.  It’s incredible.

You know what the funniest part of this is, to me – that you have the likes of Steve Shives and other atheists who are part of this.  It just goes to show that really, all these people did is abandon one dogmatic way of thinking that controls their behavior for another.  These people are EVERY bit as controlling, judgmental, and heathen-shaming as the Westboro Baptist Church was at their worst.  Hell, we now have them going to events in Arizona with guns.  Here’s a link to an article about that madness.  Where could that have ended?  Where can it still end?  Lots of questions worth asking.

What’s more, these people’s version of Original Sin is just as gender-vindictive as Christianity.  It’s just the reverse.  Instead of all the world’s ills being the fault of a woman with an apple, it’s the fault of men and their penises, along with said urges to use penis and that testosterone to do man things (that aren’t crime.  I can already hear some SJW coming into the comments saying, “like rape?!”  These people are predictable as the sunrise).  They want us men to feel ashamed of who we are and how we live.  We are to be shunned and castigated just for the fact that I find boobs attractive, along with a nice ass.  Sure, if the girl is dumb as a brick, I am immediately turned off, but I got no shame in admitting that I like to fuck and like sexually appealing parts on women.  Like no women has ever liked the appealing parts of a man.  Or other women, for that matter.  After all, despite what your friendly neighborhood SJW would say, lesbians are a thing.  Though Groj-forbid they enter the subject of flaunting their sexuality.  Oh, but I guess if they are drooling over a girl and overtly hitting on her, it’s okay.  With the doctrine of the Church of Feminism’s Original Sin, it’s only bad when men do it.

The reality is that I am not ashamed of my masculinity.  I am not ashamed of the fact that I see a girl with a nice ass, I think it’s hot.  I am NOT ashamed of the fact that I am sexually attracted to women and like certain things on them.  Nor am I ashamed of the fact that I like violence and the occasional bit of masculine indulgence.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Since I also enjoy books, and some of my favorite films are thematic artistic works, it all balances is.  All of these things part of who I am.  And since I’ve never raped, murdered, or felt any inclination to do so, I think I’m doing alright.

I also am an atheist.  Do you know why?  Because I abandoned the dogma of religion a LONG time ago.  I am a skeptic.  I challenge viewpoints.  I don’t buy into this narrative that all of life’s problems are caused by men and “hypermasculinity.”  There is NO proof, anywhere, that such is the case.  Just as much as there is that you could stop rape by telling men not to do it.  Yeah, let’s ask all serial rapists if they would have stopped raping if they were told that it’s wrong.  They knew.  They just didn’t care.  I have no interest in going into yet another stupid religion.  I left the one I grew up in.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.” – Gregory House, House MD

Peace out,

Maverick

God Does NOT Show That Murder is Wrong (A response to Dennis Prager)

I haven’t talked about religion in ages.  The arguments against religion have been ripped apart to the point that it isn’t even fun now.  It’s just mediocre and played-out.  However, recently the founder of the Prager University (which, neat fact, has no school attached to it) decided to make a video that has made a bunch of waves in the online community for how stupid it is.  In hit, he argues that the reason that we know that murder is wrong is because of God.  A statement so asinine and easy to destroy, let’s show you his video, and then respond to it.

His first question – do you believe that good and evil exist?  As a concept, sure.  But as a true thing that is harder.  See, it’s totally open to interpretation.  Is the person who stole bread to feed themselves evil?  They did commit a crime – theft.  But does that make them evil?  There are behaviors that I believe are more right and more wrong, but my line is in one place and other people’s lines are in another.  There is no concrete standard to what is good and evil.  At least not in secular society.  But Prager has a different perspective.  He believes that the answer to that question divides America up into sides based on how you answer.  See, in his mind, there an answer to that question, and he is about explain what it is.

His second question – is murder wrong?  Well, that depends.  Am I killing someone to save the life of someone I love?  I would argue that that is permissible.  Am I killing someone for sport?  I believe that is wrong.  Context matters.  That’s why people who have a black and white view of morality are always amusing.  Nothing in life is that simple.

Third question – how do I know?  As I said, since the answer the right and wrong nature of murder varies from person to person (I bet the BTK Killer has some thoughts about the nature of murder), what informs my worldview is how I have been raised and the perspectives I have come to after looking at all the evidence.  For example – I look at different scenarios and I make judgements on whether or not an action is justified in that situation.  I think the person who punched a guy because he is a “Nazi” (A term so flagrantly used that it has lost all meaning) is in the wrong because he was doing nothing violent or threatening toward that person.  He was no threat to them, yet he was attacked.  That is wrong.  What informed my opinion of that are my values and my respect for freedom of speech.

Prager postulates that, without God, there are no “moral facts.”  This statement is laughable in every way.  For starters, to what standard are you holding that to?  The Ten Commandments?  Sure, they say that murder is wrong, but you also bring up rape.  NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that rape is wrong.  In fact, the worst that happens is that the man has to marry his victim and pay the father 15 silver shekels.  That’s the value that not only does God’s voices on Earth put the crime of rape, but also the opinion of the woman who was the victim of rape.  Makes God look like a real piece of work, doesn’t it?

God has, on numerous occasions long after the Ten Commandments are written, broken his own rules.  He destroyed the cities of Soddom and Gamorrah, killing all men, women, children, toddlers, and babies.  What did those last three groups do wrong, exactly?  He commanded his armies to kill all the men of a village, tear open the bellies of pregnant women, dash the skulls of babies against rocks, and take the virgin daughters as sex slaves for themselves.  God even sent a bear to kill a bunch of children.  What was their crime?  They made fun of the baldness of the man.  For that paltry reason, the divine being who is supposed to be a moral authority condones murder?  That seems like a really bad standard that all of society is supposed to be beholden to?

But I can already hear the apologists – “God is a higher being, so we can’t judge him based on the standards he’s given us!”  So, do as he says and not as he does?  That seems like a really shitty standard for the supreme being of the universe.  What kind of leader asks that the people under his dominion live up to a standard that he himself does not?  It’s basically like a murderer who kills people out of spite (and if you look at the bear story that is EXACTLY what it was) telling you that killing is wrong.  Why is God exempt from society’s criticism?  The apologist argument basically tries to make God immune from the cruel reality – that his holy book are full of rape and murder, often which God commanded, and he is for some nebulous reason innocent in that.  Prager makes the argument that it is through God that we know that murder is wrong.  I disrespectfully disagree, because if that’s the case then I should be able to go out and rape a girl and pay the father 15 shekels and be okay.

Not to mention, Prager says that all we have are opinions about morality without God.  Well, since the last time God did anything where he was seen in a way of clear documentation, it was before the days of video cameras, who do we have to give the statements about his morality now?  We have people.  People like the Pope.  People like Ray Cumfart.  People like, of all people, Brett Keane.  Hell, people like Gail Chord Schuler, who says that she and God are fighting back against Jesuits who rape Brent Spiner.  These are the people who are telling the world exactly how God feels.  Can hear the apologists – but we have the Bible!  Yeah, but the Bible is full of contradictory verses.  In fact, it’s so easy to find verses that forbid or condone everything that pretty much everything is wrong somewhere in the Bible.

Liberal Christians try to pass it off as Jesus and the New Testament make it all better.  I have my issues with that way of thinking.  After all, it’s bullshit.  Jesus outright said he did not come to abolish the Old Testament law, but came to fulfill it.  Apologists try and argue that it is still written, but here’s the other thing – there are translation errors.  Since the original language that wrote most of the Bible is dead languages (and that’s not even accounting for the parts that were straight up plagiarized, like the Jesus story).  The versions we have now have been proven to be full of translation issues.  So we have to rely on people and their OPINIONS to tell us what God wants now!  Prager’s entire point is fucking stupid!

He then says that all us atheists will admit that without God, there is no objective morality, and no “atheist philosopher” has said otherwise.  Sam Harris actually has, but I guess Prager has a limited atheist perspective that he gets.  No surprise, he’s a far-right conservative.  I’m surprised he’s talked to ANY atheists.  For my part, I don’t believe there is truly objective morality.  Since morals are behaviors that a society or doctrine deems are right or wrong, they are just a system of control from the top down.  Here’s a video by my favorite YouTuber where he lays out the closest that we’ll ever come to objective morality – empathy.  When we can empathize with other people, we are able to make behavioral decisions as close as it can get to right and wrong.

I think that pretty much sums up all of his arguments.  I’ve destroyed him without even getting one and a half minutes in.  Not too shabby.

Until next time, a quote,

“Marge, everything is a sin.  I mean, have you ever sat down and read this thing?  Technically, we’re not allowed to go to the bathroom.” – Reverend Lovejoy, The Simpsons

Peace out,

Maverick

I’m Not Alt-Right, Dusty (A response to Dusty Smith)

Anyone remember the good old days of YouTube?  The days before it became a corporate cash-cow and before SJWs had so much sway in the media?  I remember those days.  They were good times.  You had a “community” of skeptics kicking the ass of creationists and life was alright.  There’s someone else who remember those days.  Another person who pines for the era before the modern one.  His name is Dusty Smith, aka Cult of Dusty.  I know that I’m not the first to come to this party bus, but I wanted to make my position to this ill-informed buffoon very clear.  Because the thing is, I pride myself on the fact that I take the time to learn about people and groups before I mock them.  It’s the reason why I am certain beyond any doubt that Anita Sarkeesian is no feminists.  She’s a con artist.  Likely the greatest who has ever lived.  Although, maybe I’m wrong.  The real greatest con artist is Donald Trump.  He actually convinced a bunch of conservatives that he is one of them, when his ENTIRE history up to this point was as a centrist.  Funny how that works.  But I digress.

Dusty is making the argument that the online skeptic “community” is now full of people who are “alt-right,” and how he thinks that is just the worst.  Ah, I remember the days when Dusty’s channel wasn’t a giant sack of shit.  There’s something I pine for.  Let me share the video with you, so you can have all the necessary context, and then I’m going to rip this guy a new asshole for lumping all people who are part a community that he takes umbrage with into a category when some of them clearly do not fit.

We first have Dusty bitching about the way things used to be in such a way that makes me think that he has the “back in my day, sonny” mentality.  He is a southerner, after all.  Then he makes one of the most bafflingly-stupid statements – that the alt-right has taken over the YouTube atheist community.  He goes off to list a series of YouTubers, and I am in shock of how little research Dusty must have done for his video.  He lists Sargon of Akkad, who has openly said that he is left-leaning, Chris Ray Gun, who has openly said that he is left-leaning, Armoured Skeptic, who has openly said that he is center-left leaning, and The Amazing Atheist as being members of the alt-right.  That last one baffles me.  TJ has made very clear that he is part of the libertarian-left.  As am I.  TJ openly calls himself a liberal and has no shame about that.  Do you research, Dusty, or did you need to just list off names to make a point?

I think the problem here is that Dusty doesn’t get how the alt-right works.  He’s a guy who yells into a video camera, so I don’t expect him to get into the nuance with people.  The thing about the alt-right as I have come to understand it is that it is full of all-kinds of opinions.  You have flamboyant gay men like Milo Yiannopoulos, some angry MGTOWs, some crazy white nationalists, you got all kinds.  The reason is because these people see themselves as right-wing, but not the right wing as it has been in American discourse.  They seem themselves as kind of a counter-culture to that.  But the thing that all of these people have in common – they call themselves alt-right, Dusty!  It’s a designation that they chose.  I guess your dumb hick ass didn’t realize that to be a part of this community, it has to be something you choose to be, rather than something foisted on you by a southerner who can’t logic much.

The video goes on about how the atheist community used to go after religion, but now all it does is go after SJWs.  Dusty, here’s the thing you need to understand – the atheist community did go after religion.  But then something happened.  Atheism + happened.  That little cabal of radical feminists and social justice warriors ripped the atheist community, such as it was, right down the middle.  It got us fighting each other.  So the big names at the time, Thunderf00t, Mykeru Media, and The Amazing Atheist decided that they were going to fight back against this.  Because religion was no longer the big issue that they had to deal with in their daily life.  Creationists had gotten their ass kicked and limped their way back to their little hovels in obscurity.

And the reality is that social justice did become a bigger problem.  It still is.  Social justice warriors are like ideological locusts.  They invade communities, co-opt them, and they destroy them.  That’s what they did to atheism.  They took over the community, got us to fight among ourselves, and left.  Then they spread their wings to every outlet.  They have completely taken over education, though there are signs that some universities have decided to stand their ground and not let these infantilizing bigots take over their campus.  Props to them.  They took over the media, with virtually no resistance.  Then they turned their eye onto a medium that I dearly love – gaming.  But something happened when they went after gaming.  Something they didn’t expect – gamers stood their ground.  The gaming community said, “NO!  This is our hobby!  You can’t have it!”  And the battle has been raging ever since.  But there are signs that the tide is turning here too.

I say this because Dusty has this ignorant idea that we all just decided that social justice is bad one day and to talk about it.  Wrong, dumb-dumb!  We saw the real negative effect that these people were having, and chose to fight back against it.

But then Dusty makes one of the stupidest statements I have ever heard.  He claims that the atheist community decided that instead of supporting Hillary, which he claims is the “traditional liberal candidate,” we all joined the alt-right in supporting Trump.  Sit down, Dusty.  We need to have a talk.  I did not support EITHER of those people.  But I especially did not support Hillary.  Why?  Because that woman is a two-faced snake in the grass.  She has been proven by leaked emails to have used all the power and clout she could with the establishment to get her way.  She is a corporate insider of the highest caliber, who basically wears on her sleeve that she can and will be bought, if you give her enough money.  What on Earth would make you think that I will support a candidate who has no charisma, no trustworthiness, and who has been saber-rattling with Russia to cover her ass with WikiLeaks?!  As for Trump, I saw him as a troll who is having fun with the conservatives and probably never expected his little game to get as far as it did.  I cast my vote during the primaries for a candidate I could believe in.  I refused to help support ones that I do not.

The reality is that all of Dusty’s bitching stems from this idea that all the YouTube skeptics are doing this for money, and they are making a lot of money off it.  Dusty sounds salty about it.  He goes on to say that instead of focusing on SJWs, we need to be more critical of Islam because they are a bigger threat.  My response to that is – not where I am, Dusty.  Here in the good ol’ US of A, we are pretty safe.  If I was in Germany or France, you bet your ass I would be much more openly critical of Islam.  Islam is a real threat to them, and I genuinely do wish that their governments would stop tip-toeing around the issues.  Though here’s something that I guess Dusty either didn’t know or didn’t care about – the people who are the biggest apologists for radical Islam right now are the fucking SJWs!  Because these people think that Islam is a race and if you insult Islam, you are a hateful bigot.  I have seen people in this community actually say that the Prophet Muhammad (gays be upon him) was a feminist.  One publication said he was likely the very first feminist.  Did that ever occur to you?  Oh, right, you can’t logic much, so I bet you either didn’t know, or didn’t care.

I get that nuance is hard for Dusty, so he has to yell and hope his point gets across, but it makes you look really stupid when you make a blanket statement about people in the YouTube atheist community for what appears to be salt that they are making much more money than you.  And finally, another thing – I am NOT part of the alt-right.  I am part of the libertarian-left.  Want proof?  Here ya go, son.

PoliticalI think we’re done here.

Until next time, a quote,

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

Peace out,

Maverick

The Bible Reloaded v The Christiano Brothers

For those who didn’t know, the awesome guys behind the YouTube channel The Bible Reloaded are taking their battle with the Christiano Brothers to court.  They made a video where they detailed everything that happened, and are asking us to help them out.  I am totally behind this, and I will elaborate, but I will first let them tell you what’s what (in the butt), so enjoy the video.

I feel a lot of empathy for this, because believe it or not, but I recently had my own short-lived battle with a religious group trying to shut me up for having an opinion they didn’t like.  No shit, I was threatened with legal action by a different group called Rapture Right for a post I did about their response to Jaclyn Glenn (linked here).  I called them out for the disgusting bigots that they are, and a person claiming to be their legal counsel came to me and threatened me with legal action if I didn’t delete the post.  It’s all in the Comments.  See that for yourselves.  It’s nuts.  What this guy didn’t count on is that I know quite a bit about Communication Law, and I was not afraid of him.  Not that I could afford a lawyer, but I know a girl who just took the bar exam who I would have gotten to help me out in representing myself.  I was not afraid of those jack-offs and their legal action against me.  So I stood tall and they backed off.  It was a brief stint, but part of me still felt a little twinge of fear at the idea of having my financial health in danger because of religious asshole who don’t like what I have to say.

So, I have donated to Hugo and Jake’s GoFundMe.  I would have given more, but my budget is more than a little crunched right now.  $25 is all I could afford.  They have so much farther to go on their way to their ultimate goal, and while I know my audience is minuscule in comparison to theirs, I am posting this here to help.  Every voice helps.  Here is a link to their GoFundMe page.  I invite you to stand with me in standing with these two in their fight to help set legal precedent against these kinds of bullies.  Let’s show these people that the non-religious can stand together to fight these scumbags.  It’s time that somebody took them down.

Until next time, a quote,

“Where there is unity, there will always be victory.” – Pubilius Syrus

Peace out,

Maverick

This Needs to Stop, Dude (A response to Steve Shives)

I’ve talked about this guy in the past, and I was thinking that that would end there, but I honestly wanted to make this post responding to his latest video where he basically does everything but name names in an effort to express how angry and butthurt he is about how little he is regarded in the community that he believed he would have a prominent place in.  Where once he was liked and respected by the atheist YouTube community, now he is a laughingstock and is destroying his channel one video at a time.  After years of getting more and more upset, I guess the pressure got to him and he couldn’t take it anymore.  In what will be his magnum opus of butthurt anger, we have Steve Shives talking about “5 Toxic Things About YouTube Atheism.”  Let the salt flow…

This was painful.  But not just painful.  It was also just sad to watch.  It’s been made abundantly clear with this video that Shives is not bothered on some professional level or just a little confused or anything that could approach objectivity.  He’s angry.  He’s so angry.  All over this video is rage at the people who have finally taken off the gloves with him and destroyed him quite thoroughly.  Now that his channel is hemorrhaging subs, it’s clear that his time in any kind of spotlight is about to end.  And given how personal it has all been made, it’s pretty clear that he’s angry beyond a point that’s healthy.  Let’s list his points that he makes and go through ow each is bullshit.

It has a sexism problem

No, Steve.  It has a feminism problem.  A mistake that you make throughout this entire video is that you equate attacking feminism with attacking women.  Those things are not connected.  When people in the YouTube atheist sphere attack videos made by feminists, they are attacking the points that they make.  These aren’t people coming on video and saying, “Fuck you, you stupid cunts!  You should go back to the kitchen!”  While The Drunken Peasants Podcast is a humorous show, they do talk about the videos that they’re watching and the content within them.  TJ, Thunderf00t, The Armoured Skeptic (it’s so clear who he’s talking about.  He’s doing everything but naming names) have all made videos attacking the ideas of content creators that they don’t like, but it’s just that – the ideas that they espouse.  While some of them are indeed bad people, such as that black chick who hates all white people because we’re all terrible in her eyes or the con artist Anita Sarkeesian, we talk about the things they have to say.  That’s the point.  Steve is equating what everyone says with a grand statement about women and a hatred of them.

It’s telling that he never uses evidence.  Like video clips, for example?  That would be a good place to start.  Show some video evidence of all these people that you hate (because they are more liked and successful than you) hating women.  Could it be that you can’t?  Could it be that your attempts to do so would lead people to maybe seeing through your narrative?  There’s a reason that TJ and all the rest use video clips to prove their points.  That way people can’t say they are taking things out of context.  Funny how you can’t do the same.

It also has a racism problem

The level of transparency about who he is talking about is unbelievable.  I just wish he would come out and say it.  This has EVERYTHING to do with the recent video and the follow-ups to that video that TJ made about the questions that black people not of BuzzFeed had for white people.  That video blew up with people all over saying that it’s a sure sign that TJ is racist.  Why?  A couple of reasons.  First, because TJ said that gentrification isn’t a bad thing.  He said that he would much rather see nice buildings as opposed to a slum that is likely to have a higher crime rate than a not slum.  Never mind that that is what happens with gentrification.  They do actual good.  And it isn’t just black people displaced by it.  There have been plenty of trailer parks that get that treatment too.  As TJ rightly pointed out in a follow-up video, the problem isn’t gentrification, it’s the poverty that leads to that.  Groj forbid that we might want to do something about that.

Then there is the point that TJ made about how a large portion of the black community who is all about the BLM kind of activism are part of a victim cult.  He’s right, Steve!  The response that Martin Hughes made to him proved him absolutely right.  You have black people in wealthy universities telling people in trailer parks that they have power and privilege over them.  You have people trading on whatever victim points they possibly can in order to capitalize on victimhood points.  It’s a currency in the First World now, and that is complete bullshit.  Pointing out that these people in-particular have a victim complex is not making a statement against all black people.  You keep extrapolating between a group and the whole.  It can’t just be TJ talking about certain people.  No, he has to be hating on all black people.  The implication of all of this is that TJ would feel just at home palling around with skinheads and white nationalists.  A notion so stupid and insulting that you might as well just call him a Nazi and get it over with.

It has a religious bigotry problem, too

When Martin Hughes did his first diatribe in Patheos, he came out and said that he wished that he could just turn in his atheism card and go back to church.  Someone I held among kindred intellects recently went the distance and did it.  I wish Steve would just come out with the same.  Here he again makes the logical fallacy that anytime we insult one element of a religion, we are insulting all of it.  Taking the talking points that Islam is a race or a culture.  It’s not.  It’s a religion, Steve.  We are attacking that religion for the stupid things that it espouses.

He then goes back in time to when the YouTube atheism sphere was starting out and how we had made attack videos on some of the more low-hanging fruit of the day.  The likes of Venom Fang X or ShockofGod.  Yeah, Steve.  We did that.  It was good times.  Back before all of this SJW bullshit when we could come together and stand as one.  Remember those days?  Oh, right, you weren’t around.  In fact, most who were around aren’t anymore.  There are so many names that are gone from that list.  Names like Rational Warrior, King Heathen, Mr. Filthy Rags, and countless others.  Again, the argument is made that it was nothing but just horrendous attack without any regard for the feelings of those we were just insulting.  Because it’s nothing but bigotry.  Let’s forget that users like Venom Fang X truly did ask for it when they went out of their way to bait people.  Kind of like what you’re doing now, Steve!  Baiting people!  It’s all you can do to keep your channel afloat.  You know that a video like this will get people to make responses, which in turn will get people watching your videos.  It’s all so blunt, but you won’t admit it.  You’re dick-riding, Steve.  So pathetic.

It’s addicted to drama and conflict

Well, yeah.  Sure.  There is a lot of talk of drama in the YouTube atheism sphere.  Why?  Because it gets clicks.  I guarantee, the pwnage videos of Venom Fang X got a lot of clicks.  Debunking videos were always fun to watch.  People wanted to be entertained.  Seeing personalities we like attacking the ideas of people that we do not like is enjoyable.  But again, they weren’t going after the people just because they were there.  It was also about attacking their ideas.  We wanted to make mockery of what they believe, which in turn would make one of them.  That was an incidental result of the mockery, Steve, not the cause of it.  I don’t make posts attacking Anita Sarkeesian just because.  I do it because something that that con artist has said is stupid enough for me to make sport of.  I didn’t go after Milo Stewart because she’s a transtrender punk who feels the need to tell me how I feel.  I went after her because I think her ideas are stupid and I think the way she sees the world is telling in respect to her personality.

Response videos are as old as YouTube itself.  The biggest irony is that you are currently engaged in piggy-backing off the drama culture in order to prop yourself up!  You’re hemorrhaging subs, Steve!  People don’t like you anymore.  This is all you can do to bring in those all-important clicks.  The whole reason I am doing this post is connected to that, but we’ll get to that when we get there.

It reflects poorly on the atheist movement

There is no such thing, Steve!  That does not exist!  For a time, it did.  There was a while there that YouTube atheism was coalescing into a larger movement.  Then Atheism + had to stick their ugly head into things and the community that could have been was torn right down the middle.  Those days are gone, Steve. Take a look at the last Reason Rally and tell me that it’s not.  People who were there said that they got 1,000 people to attend.  If that.  There is no atheist community anymore.  It’s gone.  You and yours have a good part of that because we were too busy fighting with each other and it got to the point that everything that was built up died.  The irony is that then Atheism + died, and now the community hasn’t come back.  People moved on.  Because it’s no longer about atheism.  Now the battle is against a larger enemy who has also moved on – the SJWs.  Your ilk has redrawn battle lines that existed since the early days of YouTube and now have conservative Christians allying with atheist liberals to attack a perceived greater threat.  In a way, Steve, you and yours should feel proud.  You took something with potential and destroyed it.  Nice work.

Then we get to the end, and the truth of all this is fully revealed.  It’s all in that last diatribe about how much YouTube atheists are “assholes” and you getting so angry about it.  In that last sentence, the look on your face is such pure, white-hot rage.  Which brings me to my point in this post – it’s time to stop this, Steve.  You need to calm your tits and walk away from this mess.  Your channel is doing terribly, and the whole reason it’s gotten here is because TJ had finally had enough and did a video that was hugely successful and where he used your own words to utterly destroy you.  Did it feel good, seeing TJ on the screen showing you for a would-be censor who would silence opposing points of view if you had the power?  I can already see you, sitting in that chair, fuming as TJ ripped apart how your channel is dying while he is on the cusp of getting over 1,000,000 subs.  I know for a fact that you hated that moment and it still burns you.  Even now.  But you need to stop this.

You did everything but name names in this video, because you know that if you had, it would have been slander.  You’ve defended Jenny McDermott in the past, and I’m just waiting until you get to the point that you are taking her method of keeping herself relevant and just making inflammatory statements about other content creators.  I see it coming, and you need to walk away, Steve.  Just step off and walk from this.  Go back into your echo-chamber and make more videos about SJW bullshit.  Because if you keep on this path, you will be at the levels of Jonathan McIntosh when it comes to pathetic.  Take a look at his Patreon and tell me I’m wrong.

Until next time, a quote,

“All art is knowing when to stop.” – Toni Morrison

Peace out,

Maverick