I think it’s time for a NonAtheist movement. AndI need your help.
I’ve been having fun for a while on this blog and on Social Media (a lot of it here on Twitter) educating people on what authentic human spirituality and theology look like, and what the history of religion (especially the Christian religion) actually looks like. I do that while challenging shallow atheist propaganda about God and spirituality.
I’m also working on a couple of books, draft samples of which semi-regularly appear on this blog. As a handicapped man (I hate the PC term “disabled”) who can only work part time, I am trying to expand my income through writing and advocacy for the NonAtheist Majority.
A lot of atheists get mad at me–they say I’m hateful and mean and divisive. Some atheists even want to shut me up. I’ve had thinly veiled threats, considerable harassment, multiple efforts to hack my accounts, people contacting my current or former employers and associates, people issuing weird reports about me, and more.
I’m not afraid of them of course; I don’t play Damsel In Distress like a Feminist. I just need some good NonAtheist art.
But it’s ironic to me, it shows that atheists are pretty think-skinned when someone is blunt and logically critical of atheism. Some atheists claim I’m offensive and divisive.
But as Atheist Cult Leader Christopher Hitchens said:
I just look at empirical reality, and I notice how many atheists are shallow bullies and superstitious fraidycats. Oh, and they say a lot of stupid stuff any logical person can easily debunk.
Most of what I write is jokes, although they’re jokes that I think have a Penn Jillette or George Carlin or Seth MacFarlane barb to them. Except we are not all as intelligent or talented or honest as each other. And I am certainly not a Mainstream Media Darling.
Since most atheist and antireligious entertainers these days seem to think it’s “admirable” and “brave”when atheists oversimplify, mock, scapegoat, distort, question-beg, and shit all over religious people–and act like that makes them “brave” and “daring”–I thought fair would be fair.
Time for the NonAtheist majority to be “brave” too.
You may have noticed there’s a lot of Atheist propaganda art online. And brother, most of it is shallow and stupid beyond belief:
So anyway, what was I saying about art? Oh, right. I suck at art. I have a damaged visual cortex and can’t draw anything. I’ve tried. But maybe you’d like to do some NonAtheist art.
Some atheists have tried attacking my own religion. While I’m not ashamed to be an ex-Atheist orthodox Catholic (and I wish everybody was), I support anyone who believes in God or at least strong unapologetic spirituality–Hindu, Buddhist, a Shintoist, Pagan Animist, Deist, Muslim, Pantheist, God-loving Pagans like Socrates, or anything like that–all non-Atheists are invited to help.
The truth is, Atheism has been an ideological cultural movement for the last generation or so. They have professionals and nonprofessionals doing endless art for them.
So I say, it’s time for a NonAtheist Counterculture.
And I’m having a contest.
I have no resources to create art. Since I’m a broke handicapped nobody, I can’t pay. But I can offer prizes! As the sole and arbitrary judge of this contest,
I challenge my fellow NonAtheists who are visually artistic to create a NonAtheist logo. Submissions will be automatically my property and then immediately issued under Creative Commons Attribution–Sharalike 4.0 International, with attribution to deanesmay.com and to you the artist under whatever name you want.
Or you the artist may specify that you’d prefer it be Public Domain. That’s OK too.
Since I have gotten multiple hack and harass attempts by atheists, and know others who have as well, I won’t accept submissions to my email. Instead, I’ll ask you to send them to me On Twitter, or in the Comments to this article.
Prizes for the first NonAtheist Logos Contest!
First prize: A free copy of my upcoming book on Science, Science Fiction and God, a Skype conversation or Google Hangout with me if you want, plus, I will write at least a 1000 word essay, with references, on any subject you ask, and publish it here.
Second prize: Also a free copy of my upcoming book on Science, Science Fiction, and God, and a Skype conversation or Google Hangout if you like.
Third prize: I don’t know yet, suggest something!
Once again, you don’t have to be any particular religion to participate. I’ll close entries on August 1, then will begin deciding the winners. I may or may not open voting to readers, depending on how reaction to the contest go.
Let’s get to it! Most people aren’t atheists, and it should be OK to say you’re not an atheist. Let’s start a meme. Let’s start a trend: are you a NonAtheist? Let’s see if we can get a logo to encourage people to show it!
If this works out well, I’ve got even more ideas, so stay tuned. 🙂
I’ve had people tell me I should condemn them as heretics because they teach or believe things contrary to orthodox catholic Christian teaching.
To be a heretic, you must:
1) Be a baptized practicing member of the Church.
2) Still in the Church and not having left it.
3) Claiming to speak for the Church.
4) Claiming an opinion you know is contrary to Church teaching as if it’s revealed irrefutable divine truth and not just your opinion or idea.
5) Refuse to back down when challenged and shown evidence that what you’re saying is not Church teaching but keep lying about it anyway.
As you can see, in reality it’s a lot of work to be a heretic.
By the way, this was also true during the notorious “Spanish Inquisition.” The Spanish King–i.e. the secular authority, not the Vatican–had wanted all heretics burnt at the stake. That was mostly a corrupt deal between secular and religious authorities within Spain–and anyone who knows the history knows that multiple Popes tried repeatedly to get the Spanish government and Spanish clerics to stop with the brutal extremism, only to be ignored or lashed out at.
Meaning: you can even stop blaming the evil Catholic Church for “The Inquisition.” Catholic authorities were desperately trying to shut down or tame those Inqusitorial extremes for centuries before they stopped. Furthermore, Church authorities eventually succeeded over the objections of the secular state.
So you can stop fearing Catholics are coming for you and your different ideas, OK?
Christianity has long had dissenters within the Church. For all its 2000 years. Dissent and contrary but nonhostile ideas are common and the Church has always recognized that people can and do have such opinions.
Shorter version: Just disagreeing with the Church doesn’t make you a heretic. So don’t worry about it.
*Update*: This Conclavist “Pope” and other phonies like him are the only examples of modern heretics I can think of. And we don’t persecute them, we ignore them or laugh at them and hope they come to their senses. Killing heretics is what happens mostly when you have the state and the Church too closely tied together.