Max from Red Pill Religion and Deflating Atheism recently had a debate of sorts with the CEO of Atheist Republic, Jim Majors.
While we found Mr. Majors rather defensive and evasive, and prone to dismiss things quickly, he overall seemed like an decent fellow who also was willing to look at references and books which challenge his worldview.
He even told us he would definitely read anything we sent him. So, we will have some suggestions for reading for the Atheist Republic CEO and his staff, as well as Atheist Republic’s membership generally.
Why are Atheist Republic & other Atheist Groups part of a Hate Movement?
To start: Hate groups often deny their actual agenda
Members of the Atheist Movement (which is irrefutably a religious movement) have a very specific and definable set of beliefs, and they clearly do not “lack belief.” And we are skeptical of Atheist Republic when it claims, per its “About Us” section, that:
“Atheist Republic advocates against religious and dogmatic teachings that promote violence and oppression. However, we also believe that most people in the world, whether religious, atheist, agnostic or just spiritual, are kind and peaceful by nature. We believe that by coming together, rational people can create a powerful force that cannot be ignored.”
Anyone can claim they are against religious and dogmatic teachings that promote violence and oppression. Yet we see no effort by Atheist Republic to stop dogmatic, easily debunked claims from the Ideological Atheist Community that lead to violence and oppression towards religious people, such as:
- The notion that religious people are stupid or have lower IQs than atheists.
- The notion that religious people are or have been a serious impediment to science in a way that non-religious people and ideologies haven’t been.
- The notion that belief in God, spirit forces, etc. is a sign of mental illness or is a delusion.
- The notion that religion is the enemy of reason and progress for humanity.
- The notion that religion has been used as pretext for war and oppression, but atheism has not.
- The notion that teaching children about God, and to defend themselves against Atheist aggression, is child abuse.
- The notion that we would have a better world if we “wipe out religion.”
We would ask Mr. Majors and others at Atheist Republic to avoid meaningless denials like “I have never said these things.” Whether you have said them or not, your coreligionists have, and we see little to no denunciation or even debate on such matters on Atheist Republic–even though these are common beliefs you can see routinely in the comments of members of Atheist Republic, on other Ideological Atheist sites, and coming routinely out of the mouths of Indoctrinated, Ideological Atheists.
All of these are beliefs with little to no scientific or historical justification, but obviously meant to spread a message: “Religion and Atheism say nothing about your personality at all… except religion makes you stupid and dangerous.”
But when we look at the data, it often looks like it is ideological Atheists who are the most dangerous. We don’t particularly care if Ideological Atheists are offended when we note just how hateful bigoted shallow and dishonest their opinions and behaviors often are, either.
Persecution Committed By Atheists
We see no evidence that Atheist Republic works with rational people to oppose bigotry and discrimination towards the religious by the non-religious. Where is Atheist Republic in calling out religious persecution of Muslims by Atheist regimes, of Fulan Gong by Atheist regimes, of others by Atheist regimes? If Atheist Republic wants protection for atheists by religious people, shouldn’t atheists be ready to defend religious people?
If Atheist Republic is not a hate site and does not support oppression and bullying of the religious by the non-religious, we challenge Atheist Republic to denounce the officially Atheist government of China for its horrific persecution of Muslims, Fulan Gong, Christians, and others, and to pledge to work with other Atheist and Religious groups to end this sort of horrific religious persecution.
Cyber Bullying and Atheism
As Deflating Atheism noted in our debate, and as many religious people (Christian and non-) have reported, social media on YouTube, Twitter, and elsewhere is littered with swarms of Ideological Atheists who run in packs, using sock puppets and other methods, to harass, intimidate, bully, and censor critics of Activist Atheism. If Atheist Republic doubts this is true we will be happy to bring them eyewitness testimony from multiple religious people (not just Christians) who have experienced this.
Perhaps Atheist Republic would like to show that it stands against bullying by Atheists and its members, and would like to take a strong stand against cyberbullying of the religious by the non-religious? We’re happy to work with them, and to bring forth many who have experienced persecution by Ideological Atheists online.
Atheist Pseudoscience and Pseudohistory
Spreading the easily-debunked lie that religion is responsible for wars and oppression but ideological Atheism and rigid anti-Religious Secularism are harmless is still more one-sided bigotry. It is not merely “offensive.” We don’t care whether it’s offensive or not. It’s ignorance and pseudoscience and pseudohistory, period, and no religious person should be expected to take such hateful abuse. Those making these claims should be mocked and repudiated.
Atheism and Mental Health
Given that many Ideological Atheists like to spread the meme that religious people are delusional and stupid, it becomes fair to start looking at what the atheist population looks like on mental health issues, and when we do, it appears that there’s a little problem:
Science shows atheism is linked to a number of psychological issues, especially those associated with children of broken families, and that atheists tend to struggle with mental health more than the general population. As Atheist Republic does purport to look after the interests of atheists, and to defend them, should it not share vitally important public health information to its members?
Books and other references worth pursuing
While a religious movement like Ideological Atheism is sometimes contentious internally, with various Atheists adopting or rejecting various positions common within the Atheist Fold, we offer some books worth pursuing which go against the standard anti-Religious propaganda that passes for discourse on Ideological Atheist sites like Atheist Republic. Here are a few references on various areas:
Debunking the claim that no one commits violence in the name of Atheism
Storming the Heavens: The Soviet League of the Militant Godless by Daniel Peris. Establishes the irrefutable fact that ideological Atheism can be and has been used as a political weapon.
The New Atheist Denial of History by Borden W. Painter Jr. Extensively documents how leaders of the New Atheist movement, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Carrier, Michael Shermer, Stephen Pinker and others colluded to craft a phony anti-religious Narrative, using Nazi and Stalinist propaganda techniques. Much of the false information from these sources still circulations in online Atheist circles, and is used to bash religious people.
The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists by CJ Werleman. Professional Atheist advocate CJ Werleman documents extensive corruption and political agenda-seeking within the Atheist Movement. Note all the downvotes/poor reviews on Amazing–from Atheists who don’t like CJ Werleman.
Bogus Science and History by Ideological Atheism
Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths About Science and Religion by Ronald L. Numbers. Irrefutably establishes that most of the stories about Christians being anti-science are simply lies and distortions.
God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam. Definitively destroys the idea that there was ever a “Christian Dark Ages.”
Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History by Rodney Stark. Sociology professor debunks countless claims about the Christian Church in Europe and false historical claims often found even in mainstream publications.
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill. Demonstrates that it was primarily Christian monks to preserved most of what we have of ancient philosophy and science.
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Tom Woods. Debunking both the idea of the “Christian Dark Ages” and the “Enlightenment” that supposedly freed us.
Atheism and Mental Health
Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Paul Vitz. Shows with extensive research that >90% of committed atheists are males and come from broken and dysfunctional families. Also that most atheists suffer from the psychological effects of Father Issues, including some of the most famous.
The Irrational Atheist by Vox Day. Demonstrates that statistics commonly found in Atheist literature are warped, and hide the reality that the non-Religious are more likely to go to prison, more likely to suffer depression and anxiety and chemical dependency, and more likely to suicide. Also debunks the ludicrous notion that Religion has been a primary cause of war throughout most of history.
Religious Affiliation, Atheism and Suicide. Shows that in reality, atheists are the religious group at highest risk of suicide.
God and the Ivory Tower by Scott Atran. Debunks claim of religion as major cause of war. “Moreover, the chief complaint against religion — that it is history’s prime instigator of intergroup conflict — does not withstand scrutiny. Religious issues motivate only a small minority of recorded wars. The Encyclopedia of Wars surveyed 1,763 violent conflicts across history; only 123 (7 percent) were religious. A BBC-sponsored “God and War” audit, which evaluated major conflicts over 3,500 years and rated them on a 0-to-5 scale for religious motivation (Punic Wars = 0, Crusades = 5), found that more than 60 percent had no religious motivation. Less than 7 percent earned a rating greater than 3. There was little religious motivation for the internecine Russian and Chinese conflicts or the world wars responsible for history’s most lethal century of international bloodshed.”
Atheism by Ken Ammi: Atheist leaders kill: “Is a 58 percent chance that an atheist leader will murder a noticeable percentage of the population over which he rules sufficient evidence that atheism does, in fact, provide a systematic influence to do bad things? If that is not deemed to be conclusive, how about the fact that the average atheist crime against humanity is 18.3 million percent worse than the very worst depredation committed by Christians, even though atheists have had less than one-twentieth the number of opportunities with which to commit them. If one considers the statistically significant size of the historical atheist set and contrasts it with the fact that not one in a thousand religious leaders have committed similarly large-scale atrocities, it is impossible to conclude otherwise, even if we do not yet understand exactly why this should be the case. Once might be an accident, even twice could be coincidence, but fifty-two incidents in ninety years reeks of causation!”
The Myth of the Smarter Atheist. Debunking the “Atheists have higher IQs” trope.
Do Atheists Really Have Higher IQs than Believers? The answer is no.
Debunking the Atheists Are Smarter myth. Atheist egos need to be kept in check.
Typical shallow disingenuous Atheist memes
The below are of course only examples; defenders of Atheist Republic will try to evade by saying these are “just a joke” or to “lighten up” or to defend the contents, without acnkowledging: These sorts of hateful lies result in discrimination and abuse of Christians and false ideas of Christianity and history in the culture. They should be repudiated as bullying hate propaganda by people who are obviously NOT “kind and peaceful by nature” and that Atheist Republic is NOT interested in rational people getting together for positive purposes.
It is not refutable that Atheism as we have it in 2019 is a religious movement with doctrines and dogmas and propaganda of its own. It is also not refutable that Ideological Atheism has been and is used as a political weapon, and that anti-religious bigotry from Atheists is a thing. The real question for Atheist Republic or any other sites is: will they stand up against Atheists who bully the religious? Will they stand up against hate propaganda against the religious by the non-religious?
Or are they merely there to mock religion and religious people, and demand that Atheists get special protection and consideration while no one else does? We’ll wait to see.
Note: We reserve the right to update this article to fix typos, glitches, add or remove sources, etc. and will probably update this article periodically with more resources. –Eds.