Hello, I’m the person who asked about your view on Anti-Theism, and…I’m really confused? Your response seems unprofessional and kind of rude… How is anti-theism a ‘hobby for assholes’? Religion has been used as a means to oppress since the beginning of time. It’s a way to control, to discriminate. Racism/sexism/political hierarchy is basically built into every mainstream religion and is very, very often cited to back up similar political ideas.
They’re almost always the leaders and/or creators of oppressive organizations and perpetrators of harmful propaganda in media.
Is it possible to defend and raise up oppressed people while also working towards the slow dismantling of their religions? And to say that these religions are *NOT* inherently sexist/homophobic is to be ignorant. Nearly every religion is this way and has acted upon these beliefs. You can’t just separate the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religious people. A nun handing out food to the homeless is just as homophobic and sexist as a member of the westboro baptist church, because, after all, they read from the same text and that text is homophobic and sexist.
The same with any muslim, wiccan or jewish person. Their base texts and beliefs surround transphobia, misogyny and homophobia. You can HAVE culture without religion! You can celebrate any religious holiday and not be of that faith, if it’s a part of your history/culture!
I’m just really confused as to why you would think Anti-Theism is a ‘hobby for assholes’. It makes me think you don’t…know what it is? Or that you don’t view religion as oppressive? I would venture the latter and then ask, why don’t you? All it takes is a quick Google search to solidify such beliefs. (Such as ‘misogyny quran’ or ‘homophobia bible’, and then to search maybe ‘religious wars/murders/beheadings/sexual assault’)
I don’t want to come off as ignorant, I’m just trying to understand your POV, especially since I love this blog so much. (I spent about an hour writing this and going over it, just making sure I’m not being rude or ignorant and im sorry if I messed up.)
Honestly, one of the grossest well-intentioned messages I have ever received. Am I supposed to couch my words in academese? You seem to veer pretty closely into tone-policing. Do not dismiss my anger and frankness as incoherent. What I wrote is still true. Antitheism is profoundly violent, colonialist, and white supremacist. This is white feminist drivel:
"Free the oppressed savages from themselves!!!"
I’m tired of it. You do not understand the ways in which our ways of knowledge and beliefs are deeply intrinsic to our cultures. Yet you seek to erase them without the barest understanding.
You generalize mainstream religions, as if you can erase thousands of years of difference in billions of peoples’ lives, and then go on to generalize all religion. You analyze western culture, white supremacy, whiteness. And then apply those judgements to our own. This is a literally a “You know nothing, John Snow" situation. Straight up, ‘splaining: a perfect intersection of arrogance, confidence, and ignorance.
Is it possible that we don’t need you to free us? Is it possible that we are, and have been addressing systemic issues in our communities? I don’t know how many times I have to repeat that if you are not a part of that community you do not get a word. It is not your work to do. It is not your critique to make. Just as if you are white, you have no say in what racism is. You claim I’m ignorant, as I sit here: my ancestors chopped up and fed to dogs when women, ‘homosexuals’ and ‘gender-diverse’ people were always an important part of our beliefs. Of our communities. Of our cultures. It is profoundly sickening. It is profoundly insulting. A nun handing out food to the homeless is literally a fucking nun handing out food TO THE HOMELESS. What kind of false equivalence even is this?
You lump in Islam, Wicca, Judaism. I am almost shocked with rage. These are not the same. These are not the same. Each one has issues in its communities unique to them. These are not the same. Your assertions are egregious.
We can have culture without religion. Are you aware that’s not always the case? Did anyone ask you? Are you aware that we are aware of that? Did you know that right now we have atheists in our communities? Do you understand that our beliefs, our understandings of reality, our ways of knowledge and knowing are often inseparable from our culture?
This message makes me think you don’t…know anything about us. That tens of thousands of years of what we are should be dismissed merely because you deem your ways better. Congratulations, this is alignment with white supremacy.
All it takes is a quick Google search to begin to understand this. All it takes is a quick Google search to begin to see how varied religion is, and that you generalizing like this is erasure. This is in many ways the same violence that has been wrought on our communities and which continues to be perpetrated.