Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Secular Leaders' Open Letter to the Secular Community

I'd have changed the title to communities because we agree on only one thing, or non-thing so we come in many stripes.  But otherwise I like this statement linked below:


Having experienced scathing incivility at a blog that's moderated by someone who thinks it's okay to insult people, I'm rather skeptical of the success of this statement.  Nice people will behave nicely.  The rest make us look bad as a whole, rather than representing only themselves.  They need to be reminded how to be civil.  This statement is a good start.


Infidel753 said...

It's rather sad that they felt a need to remind people to check into the evidence and facts behind claims before believing and re-posting them. I thought that going by evidence instead of just blindly believing was kind of the whole point?

LadyAtheist said...

There are credulous atheists, they're just credulous about stuff other than deities. I've been snookered by a few dumb things myself. Like, I used to believe that wedding rice could kill birds.

Before I saw this letter, I saw this video, which is a little convoluted at times, but addresses exactly the issue. Matt Dillahunty at the American Atheists conference last weekend on atheism vs. skepticism: