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Warning: The views expressed in this post are entirely my own.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of meeting quite a good number of Kenyan atheists. Most are pretty awesome people; intelligent, interesting, fun to be around. But then there’s another kind of atheist that I’ve encountered, one I’ve christened The Bitter Atheist.
Let’s get some things straight before I delve into this issue. We are all entitled to our little bursts of frustration/ anger/ bitterness about life. But when that frustration/ anger/ bitterness becomes your life, then you have a problem. I know that atheists have a lot to be bitter about, but for the love of everything, don’t let the bitterness consume you. Is your life exclusively dedicated to pondering and attempting to prove God’s non-existence, mocking religious people and expressing how angry you are at the religious levels in your locality? No? Then why on earth are you acting like it is? Jipe shughuli, for fuck’s sake. Put all that energy into something productive. There’s a way to be pro-active about atheism and/or free thought, and no, bitching about God/ religion/ theism in every single status, tweet or blog post is not it.
Here’s the thing: the more bitter, angry and frustrated you portray yourself to be, the more unattractive what you stand for looks. I think the most important thing you have to ask yourself is why you’re putting up those statuses, tweets or blog posts.
Is the point to get religious people to let go of their delusions? Then let go of your condescension. Nobody likes an arrogant person, and the fastest way to get religious people to hold on stubbornly to their beliefs is to behave like a bitter, angry psycho who’s arrogant to boot. Check out Truth Saves for tips on how to get your point across without sounding like an emotional and intellectual trainwreck.
Is the point to connect with other atheists and keep track of the current state of atheism in your region? Then enough of the repetitive “Religion X is stupid” posts. We know that already, that’s why we don’t follow Religion X. Check out Friendly Atheist for pointers on how to keep other atheists interested in your blog.
Is the point to get some comic relief out of religious people’s beliefs? Then please try to actually be funny/ interesting. Godchecker and the no longer updated Atheist Cartoons are examples of good atheist humour websites.
On a related note, I’d like to officially announce that I am no longer an administrator/ official of the group Kenyan Free Thinkers. The group started out with noble intent, but unfortunately has become associated with all the characteristics of a Bitter Atheist group. I do not agree with the caustic approach that the KFT administrator(s) are using to promote atheism, as I find it counter-productive and off-putting. I no longer wish to be a leader in the KFT group, although I may participate in their regular meet-ups as an ordinary member.
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