Over the last few days I have been looking for atheist bloggers who write good posts. Specifically, I have been looking for blogs that I’m not already following. In the course of doing this, I found a few things that disturb me. The first thing that I found was that there are hundreds of posts written daily that are by Christians talking about something pertaining to Christianity, but their are only a handful of posts written by atheists about atheism daily (at least in the three days I was looking). This on it’s own doesn’t bother me, but it did amuse me, since I’ve heard a lot of people say that atheists run the internet. But this led me to discover another trend: a good portion of the posts on atheism were defenses of atheist morality, and none of the posts I read contained any attacks directed at Christians, but a good number of the Christians (about 10-15) were written to be attacks on atheists. They were charges against atheist morality, charges that atheism is delusional, and straight up mockeries. And a good number of these posts made some claim about how atheists are attacking Christians. This trend really disappoints me (though it doesn’t in the least surprise me).
The second trend convinced me to start a bit of a project. I’ve picked out the worst of the anti-atheist posts and I’m going to write response posts to them. Clearly their are a number of Christian bloggers who want WordPress to be an Christian echo chamber. And it seems to me that right now they have just that. Personally, I don’t like being told that I am a bad person simply because I do not agree with someone. And I don’t like hate being spewed at me and then being told that I’m hateful. So I’m going to try to take the haters echo chambers away.
But I also found a third trend: I number of really good atheist bloggers have very few followers. This blog may not be huge, but we do have over 3000 followers, so I’m also going to draw some attention to some of the smaller atheist blogs. After all, I don’t want to drown myself in hate. Hopefully we can create a community that is more welcoming to atheists and less accepting of hate.