For the past few months, Atheists on Twitter have been dropping like flies. In an act of desperation, the #AtheistRollcall trend was created to voice support for the #atheism trend and its tweeters.
A Tweeter on the blog (http://957chatterton.blogspot.com/p/suspended-twitter-atheists.html) writes his frustration regarding Twitter’s action of suspending Atheists. He whines about this course of action but refuses to accept that suspension results from the actions of these Atheist tweeters, not censorship.
I understand debates and discussions can bring about great passion and emotion; however, there is no need to bully, put down, harass, stalk, or mock those who believe in God just because you don’t.
There is no reason to be condescending and disrespectful by calling someone a moron, idiot, retard, backward; or by attacking beliefs in an immature manner.
One can present reasons for not believing in a calm intelligible and polite manner. This is where Atheists fail greatly. They claim to be intelligent and rational, but intelligence and rationality cannot co exist with immaturity.
Atheists on twitter roam around harassing believers and bullying them to the extent that it can be criminal. In this time, where so many anti-bullying campaigns are surfacing in order to prevent the aforementioned, it is absurd to think that these so-call rationalists contribute to the bullying epidemic.
Twitter has every right to suspend any account that is breaking its rules, harassing others, bullying others and spreading around ignorance, hate, anger, and profanity.
If you are an Atheist reading this and you harass believers, mock them, curse at them, bully them, invite others to bully them, spread around ignorance and hate, what do you expect Twitter will do?
- I invite everyone to report Atheists who cannot keep their composure and online etiquette in check.
- Report Atheists who only seek to bait and insult.
- Report Atheists who only seek to offend, bully and mock believers.
- Report Atheists who spread falsehoods and ignorance that promote bigotry.
- Get them suspended. They are providing nothing but hate and ignorance to the discussion.
Here are some encounters I’ve had:
Alexander Aan, an Indonesian Atheist was arrested and fined for posting Atheistic rhetoric on Facebook.
As a former Atheist, I know how harsh we can be in presenting our views to the world. We can be very confrontational, very arrogant – in a word – snobbish.
Aan made a big mistake posting on Facebook in a nation that is very religious and bases its laws on religion in a fundamentalist manner. Indonesia is a Muslim nation. Islam is known for being a no nonsense religion. The Catholic Church is often attacked as being stubborn, unchanging and what not, but Islam can go to the extreme in order to prevent dissent; whereas in a Catholic parish one can find all kinds of views, even among the clergy.
Indonesia is NOT the United States of America. Freedom of speech and expression exists there solely through the filter of Islam. In spite of this, Aan still voiced his views and now is facing the heat, so to speak.
He has been beaten by mobs, arrested, harassed, and beaten by other prisoners as well. He faces charges for breaking the “blasphemy laws,” inciting hate, and fines.
Aan is facing what many Christians have faced and are facing even today in 2012 – religious persecution.
This is unfortunate indeed. Despite Aan’s Atheistic views, he is still a human being and is being denied his basic human rights.
A petition was started by Atheists in order to get the White House involved, but the petition was a failure. Only about 8,000 signatures were collected which was not even close to the amount needed for the White House to get involved. Ironically, Atheism advocates attempt to silence religious beliefs in the public square; so in a sense, it is hypocritical to attempt to force Indonesia to exonerate Aan with American political power on the basis of “religious freedom.”
Nevertheless, I still participated in the petition and here is why:
- He is a human being with rights
- Despite leaving Atheism behind, I do not wish ill to those who still follow that belief system.
- Jesus would have done the same by reaching out to the “Gentile.”
- This sends a message that free speech and human rights must be respected everywhere.
All religious people should join in helping Alexander Aan. Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Rite Orthodox, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists – We too face religious persecution and are targets of censorship by governments or groups that solely want to be heard and obeyed.
Christians in America have great power as demonstrated in the recent LGBT vs Chick-Fil-A events. We must use that power not only to help ourselves, but to help others – even those who may hate us.
Jesus wanted it that way:
A big drama scene is taking place between the LGBT movement and restaurant Chick-fil-a. The issue began when President of Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy voiced his support for natural marriage between a male and a female. The LGBT quicky cried out “discrimination” and “bigot!” To further escalate the matter, Mayor Tom Menino of Boston vowed to ban Chick-fil-a from Boston. He claims that Boston will not support any business that “discriminates.” Chicago’s politicians also joined in this boycott as well as the company that owns the “Muppets.”
To counter this, former presidential candidates Mike Hucklebee and Rick Santorum voiced their support. Many others are also holding Chick-fil-a appreciation days in support of the franchise.
This is unfortunate indeed. The LGBT tyranny has got to stop. Freedom of speech is under attack and must be defended. It is not discriminatory to speak one’s mind. No governments have the power or right to regulate the political positions of businesses that function in its territory. This is a scary thing that is happening. If an elected official can weed out businesses based on politics, then freedom will be a thing of the past.
***UPDATE*** (July 30, 2012)
Mayor Menino has said that he will not block Chick fil-a from opening in Boston. He has no power to do this and the backlash is obviously hurting him politically.