During my 30 years as a public person, here, I’ve been called many names.Â I don’t mind it. Â It’s part of the deal.
Last week, I was called a new one here, a “closet gay-devil worshipper”.Â I don’t know what that is, but I do have a little issue with the writer.Â I don’t like being considered secretive, as in “closet”.Â So, if anyone calls me this again, I’dÂ appreciate being called an “open”, “out” or “admitted”Â GDW.Â Â
While calling politicans like me nasty names is a fun form of recreation, it is notÂ the same with groups of people.Â It’s not considered acceptable any more to call women or black people stupid.Â Derogatory labels for people of races and gender are mostly notÂ acceptable anymore.
But,Â atheistsÂ are still called Communists and Nazis.Â This is done even though atheists have nothing to do with those two politican movements. And,Â Communists and Nazis had no intellectual investment in atheism.
That is to say, there is noÂ writing byÂ either politicalÂ group that spells outÂ the origin of the universe, meaning of death or the afterlife.Â These kinds of ideas are what make up a belief system.Â
The CommunistsÂ didÂ not likeÂ religion, butÂ said little else.Â Atheists did not like HitlerÂ and Hilter embraced religion.
InÂ these ways, the Nazis and Communists differed greatly from atheists.Â The name calling like “atheist Nazis” or “atheist Communists” is misleading,Â immature and inaccurate.Â
ItÂ reflects a shallow understanding of these terms.