There is a view that is widely held in the atheist community that atheists are critical thinkers, freethinkers, scientifically minded, sensible people who are both liberated from taboo and practical, down-to-earth pragmatists.

This is complete and utter horseshit. It can be true. In my experience though, many atheists are just
people with one less stupid idea than theists. I admit that when I came across
the Atheist Nexus I was quietly hopeful that the thinking here would be that
bit clearer and more sensible. In some cases it certainly is, there are so good
thinkers here, but in general, the level of illogical, defensive, muddled
thinking is not much above average. I knew intellectually that atheism in no
way even suggests that this should not be the case but I still held out a
little hope.

The worst thing about irrational, ill-considered bullshit or rhetoric from an
atheist is that they are often labouring under the opinion that they are
"freethinkers", rational and logical. For the most part, the only
thing I can say that seems collective to me about atheists is that they are
almost (almost, not entirely) all contrarians. The only consensus that is ever
reached is about how superior atheists are to theists. An axe that needs
grinding has come to the right place. (And yes I do get the irony of this

The amount of times that arguments here are down to reading comprehension as
much as actual points being made is bordering on shocking. I am definitely
guilty of the presumption that the IQ range would be generally above average amongst

Note: There are some exceptional thinkers on here, I am not suggesting that
everyone here matches the description above, it is just depressingly prevalent

I have been wondering for a while now (several years) if atheism might not just be the
rebellion du jour amongst young contrarians? Anyone else
think this might be case? Or not?

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Comment by Prog Rock Girl on August 12, 2010 at 9:29am
Just a few things I roll my eyes at:

1. You can't be an ex-atheist. (Why is this any different from "you can't be an ex-Christian"? The claim is "after you've discovered critical thinking, logic, etc..." which isn't too different from "after you've found the love of Christ...")

2. Atheists would never commit violence in the name of atheism the way theists do in the name of their religion, because we have logic, critical thinking, etc.

3. We should ban religion because its extremist followers commit violence. (I think this is the same mentality as prohibition: some people on alcohol act stupid and kill people, therefore let's ban all alcohol. Except it's easier to ban a substance than an idea.)

4. In general "logic is on my side". Logic is our downfall when people assume that b/c they're atheists they're logical and then turn off their brains. When backed into a corner in an argument, just accuse the other person/people of being illogical or not using critical thinking, without backing up what is illogical about it.

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