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To avoid having to re-hash a number of topics that I’ve already explored, I am setting this page up as a general destination for some of the questions or comments I get most commonly, grouped by category for your convenience. If I have referred you here, it’s because you asked one of these questions or some permutation thereof. Please take the time to read and understand before re-stating your question.
Why are you called ‘Crommunist’? What is ‘Crommunism’?
When I was 12, my classmates used to refer to each other in diminutive forms of our various last names. In such a fashion, I became “Crommie”. An astute classmate pointed out the similarity between that nickname and “Commie”, and began calling me a “Crommunist”.
Since that time, I have developed a set of political and philosophical principles that borrow from Enlightenment philosophy, methodological skepticism, anti-racist and feminist thought, and various other tidbits borrowed from books, movies, plays, what-have-you. While they bear little or no resemblance to actual communism, it is useful for me to bundle them together as “Crommunism”.
Interestingly, I do define “Crommunism” in contrast to “crapitalism”, which is the exchange of valuable goods and energy for meaningless crap. Under the umbrella of ‘crap’ I place religion, pseudoscience, most of modern conservatism, arch-liberalism, cultural relativism, and a variety of other topics that I take great pleasure in skewering at every available opportunity.
- We’ve gotten much better about ______. Can’t we just leave it alone already?
- What is your position on free speech? On hate speech?
- Isn’t everyone entitled to their opinion? Who are you to say I’m wrong?
- Criticizing ideas rather than the people who hold them.
- Why are you/atheists so angry? (Really, tone trolling of any kind)
A different tack on this argument: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Why don’t you believe in a god/gods? What is your deconversion story?
- You have to believe in science, just like I believe in religion.
- Why can’t you just let religious people/alt-med subscribers/other non-rational group believe what they want?
- Why do you want to take religion away from people?
- You should try not to offend religious people!
Race/Racism/Anti-racism (many of these questions are answered in video form)
- What is ‘race’?
- What is ‘racism’?
- What is ‘white privilege’?
- What makes you qualified to talk about race?
- You’re not really black.
- I don’t notice race/why not just treat everyone equally?
- I’m not a racist.
- Racism is just what liberals say when a conservative speaks/I can’t be racist – I’m a liberal!
- Why should I feel guilty just because I’m white?
- I’m not a white supremacist – I’m a racial realist.
- How do we get more black people to identify as atheists?
- Why do we want more black people in the freethought movement?
- Why do you need to call yourself a ‘black atheist’? Why can’t you just be an atheist?
- “The N word” is just a word! By choosing to be offended, you grant it power.
I don’t hold out any great hope that this will be sufficient to forestall these questions being asked again and again, but hopefully it will help stem the tide a little.