After all the scandals about Christian clergy, believers might be happy to learn all within atheism is not harmony and happiness.
Recently, there was a dust up involving an atheist blogger, a woman, who ridiculed Islam conservatives. She challenged other women to dress provocatively on one day as a protest against the conservative Islam cover up of women.
To her frustration, what she received from atheist men on her site was not so much the praise for her gutsy blog, but degrading sexual propositions, many, many of them. It points out that as the number of self-identified nonbelievers has surged, it has revealed a group of people with the desirable and undesirable characteristics of any large assortment of human beings.
If there is a positive outcome of this event, it is efforts to articulate the “highest minded” parts of atheism. I’ll summarize a bit of it here and you can read the rest.
We are not atheists to engage in self congratulations and collective back slapping. It is because “…we care about creating a world that’s more just, more peaceful, more enlightened…” and organized religion stands as an obstacle. Also, that religion “…often has been used as an excuse for cruelty, inequality, ignorance, oppression and violence.”
This is not to say all of religion includes all of the above, nor, that all strands of atheism has worn white hats. But, we continue to have high hopes for a secular society.