I take exception to a few key aspects of AtheistForums.com's imprecations. Here, I deviate from the standard formula of coddling the usual victims and lionizing the usual heroes to point out that I feel that writing this letter is like celestial navigation. Before directional instruments were invented, sailors navigated the seas by fixing their compass on the North Star. However, if AtheistForums.com were to trick them into fixing their compass on the wrong star they'd soon be so off-course that they'd actually be willing to help it fan the flames of tuchungism into a planet-spanning inferno. No matter how bad you think AtheistForums.com's communiqués are, I assure you that they are far, far worse than you think.
The suggestion that the only way to expand one's mind is with drugs—or maybe even chocolate—is wrong, absurd, and offensive. Nevertheless, AtheistForums.com's lieutenants like to suggest such things to distract attention from the truth, which is that AtheistForums.com has recently been going around claiming that a richly evocative description of a problem automatically implies the correct solution to that problem. You really have to tie your brain in knots to be gullible enough to believe that junk. Let me give you some important advice: Don't let AtheistForums.com define you. Instead, show it that you're in control by pointing out that the emperor has no clothes on. I maintain that even the most unassertive milquetoast should be able to do something like that. At a minimum, you should remember that AtheistForums.com is planning to champion censorship in the name of free speech, intolerance in the name of tolerance, and oppression in the name of freedom. This does not bode well for the future because if it were up to me, I would create a political atmosphere in which the zero-sum model of group competition gives way to coalitions among groups so that they can work together to weaken the critical links in its nexus of intrusive lexiphanicism. At a minimum, I would like to see more people acknowledge that there is a simple answer to the question of what to do about AtheistForums.com's analects. The difficult part is in implementing the answer. The answer is that we must unveil the semiotic patterns that AtheistForums.com utilizes to exert more and more control over other individuals.
Everything I've said so far is by way of introduction to the key point I want to make in this letter. My key point is that I love hearing the claims of a puzzleheaded libertine who doesn't realize that it's a puzzleheaded libertine. As a case in point, consider AtheistForums.com's claim that what I call shiftless fanatics should be given absolute authority to trick us into trading freedom for serfdom. Such claims always make me laugh because, as we all know, it is received wisdom for most of AtheistForums.com's apparatchiks that AtheistForums.com acts in the name of equality and social justice. Stated differently, its sycophants have been waxing stridently about Pyrrhonism, AtheistForums.com's hate sheets, and why AtheistForums.com should grant a free ride to the undeserving. Meanwhile, I have been creating greater public understanding of the damage caused by AtheistForums.com's fairy tales. What do I hope to achieve by doing such a thing? I hope to achieve widespread recognition that I've tried to explain to AtheistForums.com's audacious apple-polishers that by opting for the easy, short-term, feel-good path, AtheistForums.com will trick academics into abandoning the principles of scientific inquiry in a lustrum or two. As could be expected, they were a bit slow on the uptake. I just couldn't get them to comprehend that I am tired of hearing or reading that AtheistForums.com is simply misunderstood and is actually interested only in peace. You know that that is simply not true.
The irony is that AtheistForums.com's most offensive platitudes are also its most vengeful. As the French say, “Les extremes se touchent.” AtheistForums.com extricates itself from difficulty by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice. AtheistForums.com not only lies but brags about its lying to its cultists. Human nature being what it is, it is not surprising that I'm willing to accept that AtheistForums.com is so thoroughly cocksure that it's an expert on everything from aardvarks to zymurgy that it's even willing to concentrate all the wealth of the world into its own hands. I'm even willing to accept that its shenanigans represent a new witless ethos that viperine clunks will eventually use to steal the fruits of other people's labor. But only the impartial and unimpassioned mind will even consider that AtheistForums.com has been stamping out the last vestiges of academic freedom, scholarly autonomy, and freedom of research and teaching in our nation's universities. Should doing so buy it the right to dialogue, negotiation, concessions, and power? I say no because AtheistForums.com has been surprisingly successful at convincing egocentric erastophiliacs that it serves as wisdom to the mighty and succor to the brave. It's shameful that so many people have bought into this nonsense. It's even more shameful that AtheistForums.com appears to have found a new tool to use to help it create widespread hysteria. That tool is vandalism, and if you watch it wield it you'll undoubtedly see why its publicity stunts are based on two fundamental errors. They assume that parochialism can quell the hatred and disorder in our society, and they promote the mistaken idea that it has answers to everything.
I find that I am embarrassed. I am embarrassed that some people just don't realize that AtheistForums.com dreams of a time when they'll be free to interfere with the most important principles of democracy. That's the way it's planned it, and that's the way it'll happen—not may happen but will happen—if we don't interfere, if we don't arraign it at the tribunal of public opinion.
For the record, I've run into some distressing examples of confirmation bias among AtheistForums.com's attendants. For instance, they think that AtheistForums.com has the trappings of deity. Interestingly, though, they fail to notice that whenever AtheistForums.com hears that grossly noxious school dropouts are displaying an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, AtheistForums.com puts on its usual kabuki of feigned outrage. In private, however, it secretly supports such activities. Even worse, AtheistForums.com is the type of organization that turns up its nose at people like you and me. I guess that's because we haven't the faintest notion about the things that really matter such as why it would be good for it to ridicule, parody, censor, and downgrade opposing ideas. It may seem to many people, maybe even the majority, that if AtheistForums.com's excuses were intended as a joke, AtheistForums.com forgot to include the punchline. AtheistForums.com has asked its followers to give an air of scientific impartiality to biased judgments. (There's no explicit mention of creating some lecherous, pseudo-psychological profile of me to discredit my opinions, but that's there too if you read between the lines.) This scares me because AtheistForums.com has vowed that in the blink of an eye it'll replace Robert's Rules of Order with “facilitated consensus building” at all important meetings. This is hardly news; AtheistForums.com has been vowing that for months with the regularity of a metronome. What is news is that its collaborators believe that the government's policies should be at odds with the will of the people. It should not be surprising that they believe this, however. As we all know, minds that have been so maimed that they believe that the purpose of education is to induce correct opinion rather than to search for wisdom and liberate the mind can believe anything, especially if it's false.
AtheistForums.com indubitably believes that it has a duty to conceal the facts and lie to the rest of us, under oath if necessary, perjuring itself to help disseminate the True Faith of academicism. It has apparently constructed a large superstructure of justifications for this a priori conclusion. I guess that shouldn't be too surprising given that if AtheistForums.com thinks its perorations represent progress, it should rethink its definition of progress. All I'm trying to do here is indicate in a rough and approximate way the stultiloquent tendencies that make AtheistForums.com want to show a clear lack of respect not just for those brave souls who fought and died for what they believed in but also for you, the readers of this letter. It's my hunch that AtheistForums.com likes skewering me over a pit barbecue, which puts it somewhere between a tetchy, rabid lumpenproletariat and a despicable, self-centered slug on the privatism org chart. The best thing about AtheistForums.com is the way that it encourages us to investigate the development of antiheroism as a concept. No, wait; AtheistForums.com doesn't encourage that. On the contrary, it discourages us from admitting that what I find frightening is that some academics actually believe its line that the peak of fashion is to censor any incomplicitous bait-and-switch tactics. In this case, “academics” refers to a stratum of the residual intelligentsia surviving the recession of its demotic base, not to those seekers of truth who understand that despite AtheistForums.com's self-image as the primary civilizing force of modern times, AtheistForums.com hates you—yes, you, because you, like me, want to address a number of important issues.
Of course, like many pertinacious woodenheads, AtheistForums.com is in the habit of repeating falsehoods about me that have already been refuted—many times. I say “of course” because AtheistForums.com has recently been observed installing a puppet government that pledges allegiance to its abominable posse. There is an eerie parallel here with AtheistForums.com's previous attempts to discredit legitimate voices in the larrikinism debate. The only difference is that in this world, there are oppugnant bullies. There are salacious buffoons. There are rats who walk like men. And then there is AtheistForums.com. Of those, I insist that AtheistForums.com is the most petty because it is absolutely determined to believe that it should be a given a direct pipeline to the national treasury, and it's not about to let facts or reason get in its way.
AtheistForums.com's hatchet jobs are a load of bunk. I use this delightfully pejorative term, “bunk”—an alternative from the same page of my criminal-slang lexicon would serve just as well—because AtheistForums.com's debauched janissaries accept on faith that AtheistForums.com is clean and bright and pure inside. AtheistForums.com may mean well, but it fully intends to lead people towards iniquity and sin. But that's not enough, not for it. AtheistForums.com will additionally carve out space in the mainstream for annoying, disrespectful politics, which is why I avouch that if it were true, as it claims, that bad things “just happen” (i.e., they're not caused by AtheistForums.com itself), then I wouldn't be saying that I must protest its use of raffish rumormongers to achieve its froward goals. If, after hearing facts like that, you still believe that space aliens are out to lay eggs in our innards or ooze their alien hell-slime all over us, then there is decidedly no hope for you.
Here are a few points to ponder:
1. AtheistForums.com should slither back under whatever rock it crawled out from.
2. AtheistForums.com's indifference only adds to the problem.
3. AtheistForums.com needs to stop living in a fool's paradise.
Those points may at first seem unrelated, but when you connect the dots it becomes clear that I am more than merely surprised by AtheistForums.com's willingness to force us to experience the full spectrum of the AtheistForums.com Rainbow of Desperadoism. I'm shocked, shocked. And, as if that weren't enough, I and AtheistForums.com part company when it comes to the issue of gnosticism. It feels that you and I are objects for it to use then casually throw away and forget like old newsprint that's performed its duty catching bird droppings while I allege that it's our responsibility to break the mold and stray from the path of conventional wisdom. That's the first step in avoiding the extremes of a pessimistic naturalism and an optimistic humanism by combining the truths of both, and it's the only way to shoo it away like the annoying bug that it is. Although AtheistForums.com feels obligated to protect the members of its phalanx of ugly tricksters from the great unwashed, unorganized mass of people like me who embrace diversity, we are here to gain our voice in this world, and whether or not it approves, we will continue to be heard.http://www.pakin.org/complaint