In an article outlining the importance of coming out, Silverman speaks of the ‘fear of rejection’, the ‘shame’ and the ‘mental and physical’ toll experienced by closet atheists. Admitting you’re a non-believer is, Silverman says, ‘the first step’, but he implores readers also to be ‘proud, open, honest’ atheists and not ‘another closeted victim of the Christian right’. The advice here reads like a 12-step programme for people recovering from religion. Rather than a positive clarion call for secular values, this is a self-help scheme for people who see themselves as traumatised abuse-victims.
If you are one of the pathetic creeps who needs a big, fat, atheist daddy-dictator to protect you from a so-called “non-existent sky-daddy”, you deserve all the angst and mental suffering you can get. Go have a big group hug and cry about it.
Yes, it’s true: I have no sympathy for existential cowards, and that is the typical position of the professing atheist.