Im going to try to cut back on ripping on theists, and instead move towards positive atheism. Being negative is a wonderful vent for me, but it ends up leaving me more depressed. Thus Id like to introduce a new meme.***
A few descriptions of me Ive heard:
- New Atheist
- Fundamentalist Atheist
- Militant Atheist
- Radical Secularist
Because the one thing I cannot do is sit on my hands while bad things are happening. Thats what originally drew me to the medical profession, and what ultimately drew me to HIV and cancer research. When everything goes wrong, I dont cry, I dont pray to Jesus, I dont play blame games, I dont run to Mommy to make things better (Okay, Im lying with that one. When Im really sick, I want Mom.)-- I do something. Maybe a nice side effect of growing up nontheistic ;) Want to get something done, you do it yourself!
So my new descriptor, whether you all want to use it or not, is Active Atheism. It means when Fundies intimidate homosexuals, Im going to be there to defend the rights of homosexuals. It means when Fundies attack, Im going to offer to help their victim any way I can. It means when Fundies start stalking science like the reanimated undead, Im strapping on a chainsaw.
hehehe Edited to add because I got excited about The Simpsons:
It also means that Im going to take preemptive action against potential Fundy behaviors, such as science outreach, women empowerment and encouragement, and just putting it out there that Im an atheist so other, closeted nontheists know they have someone to talk to. And supporting my fellow nontheists and their pro-reason projects any way I can.
I dont expect all atheists to be Active Atheists, not everyone has the interest or are in a position where it is 'safe' to be active. But I expect to be able to go to all other Active Atheists for help when I need to get things done.
*that someone else has probably thought of before
**that probably wont catch on, ie Brights