Some people act like european colonialism all ended over a century ago. Like … just read the Wikipedia article at that point.

“Just before France conceded to African demands for independence in the 1960s, it carefully organised its former colonies (CFA countries) in a system of “compulsory solidarity” which consisted of obliging the 14 African states to put 65% of their foreign currency reserves into the French Treasury, plus another 20% for financial liabilities. This means these 14 African countries only ever have access to 15% of their own money! If they need more they have to borrow their own money from the French at commercial rates! And this has been the case since the 1960s.”





Plenty of people have outlined what’s fucked up about that “white male atheism is fundamentally different from Marginalized Atheism” post, but I just hit on the main reason it bothers me:

It positions religion as the human default, from which you are excused only if you’re sufficiently damaged. Like “I guess it’s okay if you’re shipping to cope” – if it’s just a consolation prize for being broken and pitiable, it’s not really okay at all. It’s okay if you can’t be religious because of trauma, but always remember that this is a personal flaw, a result of your damage, and that *healthy people* are religious.

Under this schematic, atheism isn’t simply another way to be human and think human thoughts. It’s a deviation from the “natural”, i.e. religious, state, and you’d better have a damn good reason for going against the grain. You think you can defect from normal society just because you *want* to? That’s just your white male privilege talking. Marginalized people have suffered enough to earn the right to defect, but you’re gonna shut up and praise God like a normal person.

This is exactly it! I’m not an atheist because I’m damaged, or because I don’t have numinous experiences, or because I haven’t enjoyed them.

I’m an atheist because when I think about the question of whether gods are beings or stories, my answer is consistently that I think they’re most likely cool stories.

Like, I try to tell myself “think they’re not stories for an hour or two, just to understand people better!” And my brain goes “but I’m pretty sure they’re stories…?”

I know people find this insulting, and I think I get why, but honestly… I’m in fandoms, and those fandoms have literally saved my life. “Megatron is fictional” and “Megatron is unimportant” have different truth values to me. So me thinking your god is probably a story too actually isn’t me thinking “your god shouldn’t matter to you.”

I get that it’s something you still might not like! And that’s okay!

But calling religion made up and calling religion stupid are actually different things.

And if this is referring to the post we think, it also is kind of insulting to religious people too? Like the ways it links trauma in is weird like it’s the same thing where trauma determines too much of how you think so it can end up invalidating.  Plus it really flattens down religion to Christianity or even only certain kinds of Protestant Christianity while claiming to speak for a wide swathe of people.  And tbh, the whole “only the default because you haven’t examined enough” thing is just meh.

Can only have sympathy for how it must sound to you as an atheist. : /

You mean implying that religious people only believe because they’re naive from not experiencing trauma? Yeah.

People believe the things they do for reasons.

You can think someone is incorrect about something while still respecting *why* whatever it is matters to them, ffs.




The most commonly accepted age range that I have seen for Millennials is, in fact, Chris Evans to Tom Holland. (1981 to 1996)

At this point, the Millennials are, for the most part, no longer the kids on your lawn; they’re your slightly-younger friends also complaining about the kids on the lawn.

The Holland-Evans Range sounds vaguely astronomical. I like it

While we’re at it, can we stop calling everyone over 40 a fucking baby boomer? Baby boomers are in their 60s and 70s. Late 50s, at the very least.