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Heehee, I said “coming”!
Ahem, as I was saying, the continuation of the very stimulating intellectual intercourse that began here is on its way. I have been struck down by what I suspect was malaria for the last few days and have been unable to do anything but lie in bed, shivering, begging the FSM to touch me with his noodly appendage and save my life. Oh, and finish Season 5 of Buffy. Apparently my supplications were successful, since I am now almost fully recovered. Just like Buffy at the start of Season 6.
At any rate, subsequent discussion, including imaginary arguments that I make up myself are on their way.
Seriously, I have no idea and I’m completely unfocused. There are tons of things I want to pontificate on, but I can’t seem to break through the thought patterns that tell me that it’s all been said, much better than I can, by other people. So if there are still subscribers to this lonely feed that have even a smidgeon of interest in my peculiar (and perverted) point of view, give me a shout in the comments. Tell me what you want to hear about: Atheism? Sex? LEGO? Politics? LEGO minifig politicians having sex with atheists? Or maybe I should turn this into an advice blog: Ask the CyberLizard… Heehee! That would be fun! I could really screw with peoples’ heads that way! Mwahahahahaha!
Let me know. Even if what you want to hear is silence. Because then I’ll know I’m really ticking people off by blogging!
Yeah, that’s right. Ignore it. Everything is fine. And dandy. Along with peachy and keen. So don’t sweat it, your conduit to the stuff falling out of my brain remains intact.
Also, boys and girls, always remember:
I use Feedburner.com to manage my RSS feed. Those of you reading this in Google Reader or something similar will know what this means. Therefore, I’m only talking to you. The rest of you can go look at pr0n or something.
Way back when, Google bought Feedburner. Also way back when, I became a lot less active with the blogging. Fast forward to now. I go to log in to Feedburner and I’m greeted with a Google account page and it wants me to use my old Feedburner username/password to claim my feed. Ok, no biggie. Only it won’t take my username. Or any variation thereof. And it doesn’t recognise any of my email addresses to send me a new password. Fuck me with a chainsaw.
Why do you give a shit? Mainly because my feed URL is probably going to change and if you’ve subscribed to the old one you won’t get any more new posts from me! I’m sure that, to some of you, that sounds like a fantastic thing, but I am assured that there are at least 3 people for whom this will be a problem.
So be prepared. It may change soon as I wrestle with how to get control of my feed again. In the meantime, just keep my blog open in a tab in your browser and hit refresh every hour or so. Better safe than miss one of my posts and have the chupacabras after you. #justsayin
Oh, yeah, you read that correctly. I’m jumping back into the blogosphere with both feet, kicking and screaming. I’ve slacked enough, gotten my head screwed back on relatively straight and now I’m ready to kick some ass!
So, what amazing posts are going to come from the mind of the CyberLizard in 2010? What incredibly insightful, astounding, thought-provoking things are y’all going to hear about this year? Beats the fuck out of me. What, you think I plan this shit? This is all off the top of my head, baby; extemporaneous (wow, I just spelled “extemporaneous” correctly the first time! Go me!)! But I will tell you this: there are several broad areas that I intend to explore this year. They are, as follows, in no particular order:
- Atheism and freedom from religion activism
- Sex, culture, QGLBT, BDSM, polyamory and other unconventional topics
- My incredibly adorable kids (this is MY blog, after all)
- My incredibly adorably sexy wife (again, MY blog)
- Really funny/stupid/awesome shit that I find on teh intertubes that tickle my amusement bone
- Anything else. And I do mean *anything*. You have been warned.
Ahem, on a more serious note, I’m going to endeavour to make at least 2 real posts a week, plus however many bullshit links to videos or other cop-out, lazy-ass blogger tricks as I feel like. So sign back up to the RSS feed, ’cause I’m gonna be comin’ at you again, live and in stereo!
Wow, two blog posts in two days! Aren’t you the lucky ones 😉
I was basically pressured into informally participating in this NaBloPoMo copycat of NaNoWriMo but for losers who can’t hack a whole novel. What’s next, NaTweeMo? 30 140-character tweets in 30 days?
Since I’m currently babysitting a recalcitrant document conversion process, I can’t come up anything interesting. So you get this perfunctory post instead.
I am engaged in a discussion over at Attempts of Rational Behavior where an asshat theist commented in a condescending and arrogant manner that the blog owner should get to know god the way he knows god before condemning religion. This was in response to a piece about the significance of 9/11 and how it influenced her emotional journey away from religion. I chimed in and, in my usual charming way, managed to offend the commenter, who called me “violent, unreasonable, uncivil, and inappropriate”. Go read the comments for the whole story. It’s a fun ride. He ends up by suggesting that I am going to strap explosives to myself and blow up a cathedral.
But that isn’t what I want to talk about. The exchange mentioned above led to an interesting conversation IRL (yes, I do actually speak to people in real life. Just not to you). This person I was speaking with was someone who knows me well and had a completely different take on what the asshat was saying. She felt that the commenter had some valid points and that I came across as extremely rude and offensive. Which kinda was my intent, but be that as it may, it upset her to think that people would read my comments and, not knowing anything else about me, think I was basically a giant asshole.
I made a valiant effort to explain the source of my anger and my loss of patience with the condescending treatment of atheists by theists. Unfortunately, I tend towards incoherent babble when trying to speak extemporaneously, and so I didn’t convey my points very well. So I’m going to babble about them here, hopefully more coherently.
My first point was that I interpreted the comments as being extremely condescending and arrogant and that I felt he was basically telling the blogger that they were doing it wrong, that she should just get to know god. As an atheist, we hear this crap all the time. One of the most basic techniques of the theists is to tell the non-believer that they just didn’t have enough faith, or that they didn’t really want jebus to come into their hearts, or that they went to the wrong church or listened to the wrong preacher on TV. Anything to turn the problem around and make it the atheists fault for not believing, rather than face the fact that they’ve provided absolutely no evidence to support their belief or to convince others to believe. This particular commenter couched this with all kinds of philosophical crap and intellectual-sounding lines, but the bottom line was that the lack of belief was the bloggers’ own fault. I get tired of that shit, and am going to smack it down whenever I run into it, probably quite uncivilly. ‘Cause that’s the way I roll, bitches.
My second point was that, in the real-life discussion, I felt that my right to anger was being questioned. I have lived my entire life unwittingly experiencing the benefits of privilege. I am a white upper-middle class male who, for most of his upbringing, identified as a WASP. Coming out as an atheist has introduced me to a whole world of discrimination and being treated as a second-class citizen that I’ve never directly experienced before. I am beginning to have a deeper understanding of what it is like to be part of a marginalized community. And I now realise that one necessary voice from those marginalized communities is the “angry” voice. Greta Christina expresses this much better than I can:
Because anger has driven every major movement for social change in this country, and probably in the world. The labor movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s suffrage movement, the modern feminist movement, the gay rights movement, the anti-war movement in the Sixties, the anti-war movement today, you name it… all of them have had, as a major driving force, a tremendous amount of anger. Anger over injustice, anger over mistreatment and brutality, anger over helplessness.
She goes on to explain why telling the marginalized not to be angry is effectively participating in the marginalization of that group:
So when you tell an atheist (or for that matter, a woman or a queer or a person of color or whatever) not to be so angry, you are, in essence, telling us to disempower ourselves. You’re telling us to lay down one of the single most powerful tools we have at our disposal. You’re telling us to lay down a tool that no social change movement has ever been able to do without. You’re telling us to be polite and diplomatic, when history shows that polite diplomacy in a social change movement works far, far better when it’s coupled with passionate anger. In a battle between David and Goliath, you’re telling David to put down his slingshot and just… I don’t know. Gnaw Goliath on the ankles or something.
My efforts to explain the similarities of the atheist movement with other communities wasn’t an attempt to portray myself as a martyr. Rather it was an effort to highlight the fact that atheists are a marginalized community and that it takes a certain amount of effort and energy to overcome the inertia of centuries and bring the issue to the forefront of public consciousness so that something can be done about it. Expressing our anger is a valuable tool in accomplishing that.
In addition, my verbal sparring partner also suggested that, by expressing anger the way I do, I was not helping the cause, that I was just reinforcing the true believer’s ideas about atheists. PZ Myers took on this trope a little while ago. In response to the opposition to the comparisons between the atheist movement and the feminist movement:
Try reading the literature of the feminist pioneers. They weren’t just rude, they were howling at injustice, they were breaking deep social mores, and they were abused, despised, and imprisoned for it — and they still are. Jebus. You think all women had to do to get recognition of their basic rights was to be polite? You think they got the right to vote by asking nicely? That soft voices and meekness are the answers?
I take it back. I should be embarrassed for us atheists. When I look at the history of feminism, I see a ferocity and a record of sacrifice that puts us tame godless people to shame. Maybe we need to get more outraged and outrageous.
I wholeheartedly agree. Twisted Sister had it right when they sang, “We’re not gonna take it!” It may be uncomfortable, it may be rude, it may even be aggressive, but it has to be out there. Otherwise we let them continue the status quo and keep us marginalized.
Here is some further reading by some bloggers who are much more coherent than I:
Fracking WordPress iPhone app just swallowed the totally awesome post I just wrote about Cyberlizard*Con. FML
I’m such a slacker. I completely forgot about the latest Carnival of the Godless, hosted by Radical Atheist. Go read it while I go hang my head in shame for being a bad blogger 😛