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I love it when blog networks shift around, I always learn of several awesome bloggers. The formation of FreethoughtBlogs got me reading Stephanie Zvan, Mano Singam, Dana Hunter, Alex Gabriel, and (at the time) Ophelia Benson. The creation of The Orbit has led me to Tony Thompson, Feminace, Benny Vimes, Iris Vander Plyum, and now this guy:

I coined the term to classify a self-contained community of socially unaware atheists who reside within and reinforce a feedback loop of ignorance. This subset of nonbelievers is overly wowed by the low bar it requires to recognize the inadequacy of the God hypothesis. Meanwhile, in many ways, they preserve or encourage a bounty of beliefs that are just as oppressive and pernicious.

Ouch. Sincere Kirabo goes on a lengthy rant, naming a few names and otherwise warming the cold parts of my heart. He even nails a pet frustration of mine:

The systemic and systematic prevalence of social inequalities are continuously exposed in studies, explained by accessible, educational presentations conveyed in the simplest of ways, or revealed through direct, firsthand experience in everyday events.

But rather than sprain brain cells investigating issues that carry no personal, cultural, or social relevance, village atheists often dismiss matters they haven’t directly experienced. This is ironic, as these same people denounce the virtue of lived experiences.

A lot of people are quick to dismiss the social sciences without even a glance at Google Scholar. To name a few examples, there’s tonnes of studies on rape myth acceptance, a lot on how alcohol effects sexual assault, and a few gems on false reporting, and yet so many of the debates I’ve seen in the atheist/skeptic community don’t reference them. You can’t claim to be scientifically literate, and simultaniously dismiss sciences you don’t like without a solid appeal to methodology.

Hint hint, Sincere’s blog is over here, and your “bookmark” icon is somewhere up above this text.


[HJH 2016-05-24] Since writing that, Sincere seems to have taken some heat. While I’ve got a quick post covering that on my to-do list, Kirabo’s response is too brilliant to land anywhere but here.

Ever wonder why this official non-apology is appearing here instead of being featured at AHA’s The Humanist, where I frequently write? It’s because AHA is unconcerned with the bluster of dudebro blowhards and idle malcontents.

Further, the only reason why I’m wasting time saying any of this is to dispense thoughts I previously had about recent observations and experiences. The torrent of mainly white male tears in relation to AHA’s announcement gave occasion to flesh those thoughts out.

The American Humanist Association campaigns against injustice. The thing is, injustice comes in many forms. AHA knows this, which is why they’re adapting to better oppose prejudices baked into the social DNA of our culture. Just because certain inequalities don’t directly or imminently impact your life doesn’t mean those matters shouldn’t be examined specifically.

Whether or not this sits well with you is inconsequential.

Apply cold water to that burn.

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