My Letter to the Editor In the Free Inquiry Magazine on Greta Christina’s Op-Ed
The following letter appeared in the Dec/Jan issue I received yesterday:
Greta Christina’s Op-Ed (“Infighting or Healthy Debate?”) made some good solid points. What I strongly object to is a type of McCarthyism based on specific ethical, economical, or political issues, when the real enemy is religion. Until we are a majority in the world we need the efforts of every non-believing voice. Otherwise, a minority such as ours will become even less effective in the world.
As someone who was falsely accused of rape I can testify that it is not always reasonable to accept what an accuser says without some evidence, and I don’t see any evidence that a leading atheist, author, or blogger is sexist or misogynistic. If there is such an atheist then produce the evidence. Sure, there seems to be evidence of this among the rank and file and it should definitely be addressed. Sometimes all that’s need is to point it out and show why it is wrong. But this obnoxious behavior mostly comes from anonymous online trolls. How seriously should we take them? How old are they? Why are they lashing out? Is it because they hate all women or because they hate those women who accuse them of hating all women? Of course this is still despicable, but it is a difference. Do they actually attend atheist conventions? Do we know they’re all atheists? I have Christian trolls following my online footsteps posing as atheists who falsely characterize me as a liar. So I have reason to think at least a few Christians are involved, stirring up the pot here as well. Divide and conquer, you know.
In any case, let’s not become like a church that divides over power, greed, influence and personality under the guise of important “principles” without a reasonable debate based on solid relevant evidence. Atheists should unite together against a common enemy, the religious faith embraced by an overwhelming majority of outspoken people who are causing the world harm. That recognition alone should be good enough for us to do whatever we can to keep our debates healthy.
John W. Loftus
Fort Wayne, Indiana