I’m not a scientist, a famous speaker, an activist, vlogger, or the host of a television show. But I do have things to say that aren’t being said in the other blogs. This is my cyberspace soapbox and I intend to speak to matters of importance to the secular community from my own unique perspective.
A former fundamentalist’s fundamentalist of the Pentecostal persuasion, I am passionate and excited about being here in the first steps we’re taking towards a secular world. I’m a working man who is going back to school for a degree in Cultural Anthropology. I’m divorced with one teenage daughter who inspires me daily to be a better person. So I will do my best to tell the truth as I see it straight from my trailer-park home amongst the tumbleweeds of Bakersfleld, California.
My commitment to my readers:
I will endeavor to temper my criticism of people with whom I disagree. I don’t want to hurt anyone. I just want to get my ideas and thoughts out there. And since I seem to disagree with almost everyone at one time or another, it also seems prudent from a security standpoint not to rattle cages more than I have to.
I will be objective about my arguments. If skepticism were a religion, objectivity would be the holy sacrament.
I will evaluate arguments on their merits. If someone disagrees with me and shows me that I am wrong, I will have no problem admitting it. I started admitting I was wrong when I left the Church, so it isn’t like I haven’t had any practice.
The only catch is that I refuse to give a platform for any type of lunatic fringe hate speech. I won’t tolerate threats–even if they’re “just making a point”. All manner of foul language is welcome here, though, since I’m a proponent of free speech and the free sharing of ideas. But there’s a difference in saying “fuck” once in a while and calling someone a vile name like “cunt”.
So please, feel free to love me, hate me, rip me a new one. All I ask is that you remember that as atheists we’re on the same team and you try to keep your posts on topic and not attack people in a personal manner. I want to see critical thought in action here, not a soap opera where everyone is labelled as good or evil based on how they line up with your sacred-cow beliefs. State it and defend it. But refrain from ad hominem attacks. Mr. Hominem gets enough grief from the Christians, let’s not attack him further.