You Don’t Believe in God! You’re Just in Denial!

I haven’t done a post about atheism on this site in a VERY long time.  Years, by my reckoning.  But recently I saw something that just got me rolling my eyes enough to make a post.  See, I’ve watched the Drunken Peasants back when they were a big thing, and one of my favorite of their crazy people was The Vigilant Christian (I almost wrote in The Vigilant Christina.  I should just run with that) Mario.  A religious idiot whose worldview is impossible to stand up to the least amount of criticism.  Because when he went on The Drunken Peasants and Paul decided to throw in his face some of the contradictions of his values system and the religious text it’s based on, his go-to defense was always “I’m just hear to give you my worldview!”  Yeah, and they were criticizing it with you having no rebuttal.  Mario is at his best in an echo chamber.

One of Mario’s biggest argument about atheists like myself is that we actually do know that God is real, we just choose to be in denial.  He says that the Bible talks about this and brings up passages claiming that there will be doubters.  Yeah, a book about a desert sky wizard is going to have doubters.  That’s a shock.  That would be like if the Harry Potter books said that there will be people who doubt magic’s existence and we should have faith that it does exist.  On both counts it’s wrong.

See, I have family who thinks this way too.  They think that I am in blatant denial of what is so absolutely evident.  Except, it’s not.  Where is the evidence for it?  Where is the evidence for God?  I’m sure that Mario will bring up things about the perfection of creation.  That’s a bullshit argument.  There are plenty of things about creation that are downright wrong.  Like birth defects, the fact that humans eat and breathe through the same tube, and the fact that our reproductive organs are right next to our bowels.  As Neil DeGrasse Tyson put it – it’s like having an amusement park next to a sewage plant.

Not to mention the fact that there are so many bad things in this world.  Mario is a subscriber to the belief in presuppositional apologetics.  This  idea that if we just assume that the answer is God that all the questions then fall into place.  A belief so unfathomably stupid that is defies reason.  Let me tell you why.  See, I got a friend who was the victim of years of sexual violence by a family member.  Here is my question, Mario – why would an all-powerful, all-loving, all-kind and all-seeing God allow that to happen?  Mario’s argument is the same that an uncle I have is – that it’s all part of a plan.  What was the plan?  What’s the plan there?

Or maybe you’ll get the response – it was Satan that did it.  I hate this argument.  Why is Satan allowed to do his thing?  God is supposed to be all-powerful.  That means that he can wiggle his nose, and Satan and his followers are destroyed.  So why doesn’t he?  If I had the ability to destroy all the bad things in the world and cause the world to be a great place for everyone, I would.  Anyone would.  Unless you completely devoid of empathy, you would help if you saw something being raped by a family member.  Anyone would, Mario.  Anyone.  So if us imperfect humans would use this power to step in and do the right thing, why is the all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God not?  It’s basically the Epicurus argument, but I have yet to hear a compelling answer to that question.

Mario likes to say that us atheists refuse to tackle the arguments that he is so sure are going to DESTROY our atheism.  I just destroyed the fine-tuning argument, so that’s already done.  I presented the Epicurus argument for evil’s existence, for which I have yet to see a single Christian give me an answer that doesn’t come in the form of “God has a plan,” which is bullshit, or “mankind has free will,” which doesn’t answer why God doesn’t destroy evil if he has the power.  So there’s that.  I’ve destroyed the Cosmological Argument (link here).  I have yet to hear an argument from Christians about God’s existence that doesn’t ring hollow to me.

I look at this universe and I see there being no real perfection.  This universe is about chaos.  Did you know that there is a black hole zooming around the cosmos?  It could be anywhere, right now.  There probably are more than one.  This universe is about chaos, and then order coming, only for new chaos to disrupt that order and then order to be found from that chaos.  Give and take.  Push and pull.  Yin and yang.  This idea that all of that was created just for us dumb little humans is so unbelievably arrogant.

Here’s the thing – I get where people like Mario get their beliefs from.  In Mario’s case, it’s because the man is a Section 8 who bawls on camera saying that God will cure him of his crippling anxiety problems, along with bawling at a pool when he is being baptized.  This man has mental problems that have gone untreated for a very long time.  Now they manifest in insane conspiracy theories and hyper-religious beliefs.  And if his beliefs ever faltered, his mental health would die instantly.

For people like my hyper-religious family, they each have their own reasons.  For one of them, it’s that life REALLY gave him the shaft and he has to believe that it was all for some greater purpose.  For another it’s the fear of death and the idea that once we die, that’s it.  That our existence blinks out and we are done.  Such is the case for a lot of people.

But I am not in denial of the existence of God that I believe deep down in my heart.  If I actually believed that God existence, and that Heaven and Hell are real, then why would I choose to not follow that belief structure?  Oh, right, so I am free to sin.  Oh wait, that’s bullshit.  What sins am I looking to do?  I’ve never killed anyone.  I have never raped anyone.  I have no desire to do these things.  What sin am I looking to do?  Well, I do like kinky sex, but I like it with people who are consenting, because I like my partner to be satisfied as well.  It’s kind of a big deal for me.  Is that the sin?  Maybe my predilection toward smoking pot?  Yeah, I like that.  But that’s hurting no one.  Not even myself.  It’s the safest drug in the world.  What exactly am I looking to do with this desire to sin?

Mario, on the off-chance you see this, there has NEVER been a religious argument put to me that I have bought into.  I have refuted all of them pretty handily.  You start with the view that God is the answer, so now you have to craft the questions to fit that.  I start with the belief that I have a question, look at the evidence, and if the evidence proves to one thing, then I will go in that direction.  To date, your belief in God has not met my burden of proof.  And since you have the belief, it’s up to you to convince me of that.  You’re the one making a positive statement.

Oh right, you have the belief that God is so absolutely evident that not believing in him is tomfoolery.  I forgot.  My bad.

Until next time, a quote,

“Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.” – George Carlin

Peace out,

Maverick

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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