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A Reminder: Internet Atheists Fucking Suck

Yes, I knew that would get your attention. It's the title of the article and not my words!

I had no idea this was going on. I found this article on the Facebook "Atheist Safehouse" after joining that group and reading a lot of nasty posts about Islam. The posts were not just criticizing the epistemology of another batty Abrahamic religion, but they were bigoted and racist attacks on every person born into Islam. Any poster who objected to the over the top language was verbally assaulted as being an apologist for terrorists.

The Facebook profiles of the nastiest members had articles posted by the "nationalist" sites of the "alt right". Profile pictures included variants on the Pepe frog mascot. They totally revealed themselves when one of them referred to me as a "cuck", which is a term only used by them.

Somebody actually posted this article in the Atheist Safehouse. Predictably, it led to denial and a postings of nasty memes and name calling. The moderators of that site are fools. The article is from the perspective of an Old World Muslim who became a skeptic and dealt with writing that denigrated him for his origins. Excerpt:
...Like the majority of young people who grew up in religious environments – particularly those from non-Christian backgrounds – my first interaction with atheism was also my first meaningful engagement with the internet. In these atheist forums I found a race and class-blind safe space, one in which I could express a private contempt for the theological doctrine I had been forced to study during my years in religious school. Indeed, in those atheist communities on the now defunct Totse.com, eBaum's World and, eventually, the darker corners of Myspace, I found a community in which I could reject the identity I was born into, and instead forge a new one on my own terms.

Yet, for a growing number of people who turn to the internet to talk about leaving religion, the online atheist / sceptic community has become more alienating than accepting. Atheism – like most online communities – has always had characters who enjoy being confrontational; Pat Condell – the former comedian, turned old man shouting at clouds – existed long before Reddit. However, recently, rather than remaining an outlier, content like Condell's – which disregards theological critique for snarky racial and orientalist tropes about Muslims – has become a staple of the online atheist community. And thanks to the rise of populism across the western world, connections between the internet's atheist community and far-right identitarians have never been more clear.


big sigh


Goddamned Greenwald revealed Reality Winner to the feds, now she is in detention

How it all came to light

On May 30, three weeks after Winner allegedly printed the classified document, The Intercept (Glenn Greenwald's current mode) contacted the U.S. government, likely through the NSA, to discuss an upcoming story based on the intelligence document it had obtained. The Intercept even shared a copy of the document with government officials, who confirmed that it was indeed classified at the top secret level, "indicating that its unauthorized disclosure could reasonably result in exceptionally grave damage to the national security," the affidavit said.

Two days later, the FBI was notified of the matter and initiated an investigation to determine the source of the leak.

Further analysis of the documents showed that they "appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secure space," according to the affidavit.

Winner was one of just six individuals who had printed the intelligence document, according to an internal audit of the agency that housed the report. The audit also revealed that Winner was the only individual of the group that had email contact with the news outlet.

FBI agent Justin Garrick said in the affidavit filed with the court that he interviewed Winner at her home on Saturday and that she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and sent it to a news outlet.

The news outlet was not identified in the charging documents, but a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed that the charges were connected to The Intercept’s Monday report titled: "Top-Secret NSA report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election."

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