Journalists and journalism shouldnt exist anymore.
In todays world of Twitters and Bloggers and YouTubers– there is no point in getting a ‘degree’ to be a journalist, when we all have the capabilities of being ‘civilian’ journalists. Civilian journalists that are, flat out, better than the for realsies journalists that exist today.
Case in point: Tom Krattenmaker
Toms just a dude. Degree in journalism. Writes articles for USA Today and other dying forms of media. Nothing against him.
Except for this idiotic, insipid article he just wrote, Atheism, a positive pillar.
Its not ‘bad’– blips on how people/groups are assholes to atheists just because we exist, atheist groups are starting to make themselves more vocal/visible, yes thats nice. Tom really does try hard. But he spoils a nice-but-forgettable article with this:
The reputation of atheists has not been well-served by the surly attacks on religion by some of atheism’s highest-profile torch carriers. From the best-selling atheist manifestos of recent years to Bill Maher’s new Religulous movie, the loudest voices of non-belief have exhibited much of the same stridency and flair for polemics as the religious fundamentalists they excoriate.
Really? Honestly? A guy who graduated ‘with a concentration in religion in public life’ can only regurgitate tired ‘atheist’ cliches?
Yes Tom, atheists are all angry men typing their manifestos (a la Unabomber) and bullying poor defenseless Jesus at ‘The Holy Land Experience‘. And black people like watermelon and rape white women, and gay boys never leave the house without a thick coat of glitter on (easier for luring children into their pedophile rings– THEYRE COMING TO YOUR TOWN!!!).
Atheists like Dawkins are just like religious fundamentalists.
Yes, welcome to ten years ago, Tom. Congratulations.
But I forgive Tom for being trite because he made me lol. Derisive lol, but a lol none the less. Okay, so atheists acting all religious like is bad, right? WRONG! Tom speaks highly of Margaret Downey… BECAUSE SHES ENCOURAGING ATHEISTS TO ACT ALL RELIGIOUS:
At last year’s convention, Downey presided over a baby-naming ceremony, where parents and their supporters exalted wisdom, love, honesty and the beauty of nature, and the newborns were given not godparents, but “guideparents.”
But in a holiday-season episode last year, Downey and her free-thinking allies responded to a crèche and menorah in front of the Chester County Courthouse outside Philadelphia not with a lawsuit, but a display of their own — a “Tree of Knowledge.”The 22-foot-high evergreen was decorated with color copies of book covers, the titles included the Bible, the Quran and numerous other works on religion, atheism and evolution.
Reason Baptisms? Guideparents? Naming ceremonies? Reason Trees? Reason mitzvahs? Debaptisms? Winter Solstice parties? Reasonover, where we nail copies of ‘Why People Believe Weird Things’ over our front doors so chiropractors and homeopathists cant get in? Reason Balls, where our daughters vow to lead reasonous lives? Reasonmadan, where we dont read a Dawkins book for one whole month?
That shit is stupid.
I dont know why Downey not only encourages, but presides over that crap.
Christians pounced all over this, Tom, thanks. Like this asshole:
Atheists may attempt to create rituals, ceremonies, and practices that mimic Christian traditions, but this serves only to point to the infinite emptiness at the heart of the atheist worldview.
And this asshole:
Tom Krattenmaker says it’s not easy being an atheist. Because of anti-atheist prejudice and some atheists who perpetuate negative stereotypes (i.e., Religulous), Krattenmaker said other atheists are trying to give atheism more positive PR…
Anyone who actually saw Religulous couldnt have said that. Oh, but TOM said it, and hes in USA TODAY! That means its okay for Miss Polly Pocket to perpetuate the ‘ATHIESTZ BE ARE MEAN!’ meme.
You suck Tom. Get a job, sir.