This man took the time to make some rather spurious claims about me. A short back story?
People don’t like the fact I am helping others. To them it is easier to make claims that I am not doing so and denigrate what I do and simply imply that I am the second coming of StalinHitlerSatan. This culminated in one person calling me a paedophile and another making his indepth investigation into what can only be called ASTIgate. What followed was a hilarious inquisition of three people firing a barrage of questions and not liking the answers they got.
I figured that censorship is the last thing I should do. The last time they did something they photoshopped some very sensible words about helping others and thought it would harm my case. Turns out people are smarter than them and also think that if you harm yourself to help another when there is no need you are quite foolish.
But yes. He’s taking on my PTSD claim and ASTI time line when everyone here knows that I said last March that I was not going to Nepal and would attempt to volunteer with them on a later date. Oh well.
I think you should watch his video. And when someone asks you “what barriers are there to PoC in atheism” then show them this. If you are asked “Why do so few atheists write openly about their experiences in the non-western world” show them this. If they ask you why do we have so few people in charity then show them this.
This has encouraged me to do two things. From henceforth I will be more vocal and involved in meat space. If you have an event you think I should attend and socialise with other atheists then let me know when I am back in the UK.
Secondly? It has shown me the fact that no matter how many hands of reconcilliation I offer these idiots are just going to thrash around like this.
You don’t have to believe that I have PTSD. I mean seriously? Most of my life, PTSD was for soldiers. I had to learn to live with it without the infrastructure soldiers got. Do you think I care what this dumbass has to say? Or you? All I have left is a fear of explosions and a distaste for balloons and fireworks. I will live as long as I don’t have to work as a party clown.
I care a little but that is because I feel saddened I have to defend my life to someone who has never had to endure anything beyond this. And then I realised what sort of guy he is. And because I never imagined getting this hate from within atheism. I expect this from Anti-Vax or from the Animal Lib.
When Malala spoke about education, when Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke about Female Genital Mutilaton and when Taslima Nasrin spoke about misogyny within Islam they were all threatened by people who called them liars and repulsive.
This man is mine. And I will give him a platform to speak. After all, the light kills germs.
If you wish to spite him? Do not donate to me, donate to the Acid Survivor’s Trust International. They were the real victims of this piece. Actually? Atheism is the real victim. We can be good without god. We can also be total tossers and sadly, people will remember him for much longer than they will remember any act of kindness. His acts and his works will leave a dirtier taste in your mouth.
He is a truffle of shit that ruins a box of fine chocolates. Once you have eaten it, you don’t want to eat the rest of the chocolates.
Of and a side note. If people donate enough, I am perfectly willing to write up a response. In fact? Let us create some forfeits to do if we hit different targets. The first one suggested (a long time ago) was if I hit a thousand pounds, I would have to try to eat Durian (the legendarily smelly fruit).
One small truth. I don’t think I write all that well. I am constantly amazed that so many people not just read but write back to tell me that they like my work. It’s been an amazing 2 years and I hope to keep writing and maybe improving year after year.