I thought one of benefits of being an atheist is that you didn’t have to care about church camp. Not so: “the children of Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, Brights, or whatever other terms might be applied to those who hold to a naturalistic, not supernatural world view” can go to Camp Quest. This is one of the many things I learned after visiting Blag Hag, the blog of an interesting, intelligent capital-A Atheist who was on the Savage Love podcast this week.
As a non-card-carrying, definitely lowercase atheist, I don’t get organized Atheism. I don’t want to attend seminars, read magazines or drop in at meetups to discuss how I don’t believe in God, Buddha or Krishna. I realize that people feel really beat down by the oppressive Christianity in our society and may want some support, but I don’t see how organizing some kind of counter quasi-religion is a happy solution.
I thought the point of atheism was that you just didn’t have to waste your time on the bullshit that occupies the life of true believers. You don’t have to care whether you’re going to heaven or hell, or wonder if some sky fairy will smite you for this or that indiscretion. Your sexual experience isn’t clouded by guilt over whether the placement of your sexual organs is in accordance with the oral tradition of some illiterate desert tribe. You don’t need to spend years of hard work to get schools to teach your horseshit theory of how humans were beamed into existence. And, as for the disposition of the contents of the uteri of every gravid woman on the planet: Absolutely none of your concern.
Those are all wonderful benefits, but the big win is that you don’t have to sit in an uncomfortable chair for physical hours that stretch into mental eternities, listening to someone talk about religion. To put that back in your life seems to me to miss a major benefit of the whole enterprise.
And what the fuck is a Bright?