Sincere Kirabo discusses a wonderfully useful term, the “village atheist”. He brings up that faction of atheism that reacts with hostility to any mention of social justice.
The aforementioned critique, while a forgettable blip on the radar, is symptomatic of an overarching problem that’s festered within secular (both atheist and humanist) spaces since the New Atheism came into vogue. I call it “village atheism.”
I coined the term to classify a self-contained community of socially unaware atheists who reside within and reinforce a feedback loop of ignorance. This subset of nonbelievers is overly wowed by the low bar it requires to recognize the inadequacy of the God hypothesis. Meanwhile, in many ways, they preserve or encourage a bounty of beliefs that are just as oppressive and pernicious.
Yep, I recognize those atheists. You should read the rest for his dissection of the characteristics of these people — you’ll find them painfully familiar.
(I also wonder if they are able to see the irony of the image I used here.)