Many thanks to Dale McGowan for giving me a shout-out today on his Parenting Beyond Belief blog . For those who are visiting from there, let me tell you a little about how this blog works.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on atheism, etiquette, or anything else. And I tend to take a “live and let live” attitude, and to try to avoid passing judgment (a holdover from my born-again Christian days — luckily, I was one of the liberal, non-fundie ones). I’m interested in how people can get along with other people, not so much in how to win arguments or confrontations (and to whatever extent I do take an interest in such things, there are many others who can provide better arguments and ammunition than myself).
Some people may think that what I mainly do is provide shy or closeted or just wimpy atheists with excuses for not standing up for their worldview in public. Maybe that’s accurate. I don’t have a problem with it. It’s not like non-God is going to send you to non-Hell for failing to non-evangelize for your non-belief.
I’m currently unemployed, and I have a “regular” blog (yet another link blog), and I know that blogging can be a major time-suck, so I try to avoid spending too much time blogging, so as not to take away from my job search.
As a result, I basically only update Atheist Etiquette twice a week, and one of those is my “Sunday Sermon,” where I indulge myself and rant semi-spontaneously about something about religion that amuses me or pisses me off. During the week, I try to focus on various questions or issues that may arise as atheists try to live (and hopefully let live) in a world that is often ignorant of, or openly hostile toward, those who don’t believe in any deities.
So, basically, you get one blog post a week on the subject of etiquette for atheists, and one a week that’s the same sort of religion-bashing you could find at pretty much any atheist site.
If I ever get a job, I might pick up the tempo (or I might be too busy), but for now that’s what I’m doing. I’ll probably do another post during this week (consider this one a freebie), and then a Sunday Sermon on Sunday.