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The Enemy of My Enemy is My….

Hello Hell-Bound Friends!

It’s been a while since I actually sat down and wrote an article but with some free time I thought tonight would be a good time for an update of sorts. I honestly meant to start back into writing awhile back but life has been busy and so this got put off for awhile.

So where do I begin? Tomorrow will be the 7 month anniversary since starting my channel on YouTube. In that time I’ve had the chance to speak with many of my heroes producing atheist content on that platform. I’ve had a great time but would be lying if I said it was all incredible. I’ve gained friends, lost friends, and had to learn the rough lesson between a friend and a fan. That might sound a bit offensive but trust me it’s a valuable lesson to learn and the sooner you learn it the better off you will be later in your time on the platform.

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The Enemy of My Enemy

One thing that has consistently bothered me during my time on the platform is the idea, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” There are some truly awful people out there promoting some of the worst theological stances imaginable and so it is easy to begin seeing those who are not promoting the worst of the worst arguments as allies in the fight against bad theism. However, it seems many then let their guard down and begin not only seeing these people as simply less awful but as actual friends.

Now you could be saying…but TGI are you saying an atheist can’t be a friend with a theist? Of course not, what I am saying is that many times these friendships then turn into a form of blinder, people gain a respect for those friends and so they no longer attack stances that they assume would be offensive towards those friends. It’s unfortunate but it’s true. No one wants to hurt the feelings of their friends but giving them a free pass is not acceptable in my opinion.

The second problem that I see with this is that it promotes Anti-theism as a form of professional wresting. Where to the public we stand off as enemies but behind the scenes are the best of friends, simply raking in money from the incredulity of our respective subscriber base. I don’t see how this is in any way helpful in pushing towards the goals of a secular society.

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Leadership

Consistently one of the most frustrating things about being on YouTube is that people tend to view certain channels as leaders. Let me simply state there is no such thing as leadership in the YouTube Atheist channel situation. There are people that work to build others up but they want nothing more than to see people succeed. In the last 7 months I’ve heard many people who are claimed by others to be leaders in the Atheist Community. People like Godless Cranium, Shannon Q, Godless Engineer, Logicked, and I’ve heard some even refer to myself in that type of role. None of us are leaders, we are simply people, nothing else. We all have our faults, our worries, families, jobs, and many other things going on outside of YouTube. Some of us get along and are very good friends, others are acquaintances while still others I would view as enemies to logic and reason. No one mentioned in this paragraph are a part of the last group mentioned, just to be clear.

We get along but at the same time atheism is not something that you can really get people to rally behind. We have no dogma, no creeds, no rituals or traditions. Now one could say that we could rally behind anti-theism but at the same time that too is approached from so many different directions that it would be nearly impossible to get us all together in one place let alone decide on leadership roles.

The word leader is even used as a slur by some. I’ve had several refer to me as a leader in a backhanded way as if I were trying to portray myself as one while in reality I have ulterior motives.

The idea of atheist leadership is nothing more than a laughable idea and is in no way a reality at all.  There are no leaders and we don’t need leaders. What we need are voices and at this present moment there are a plethora of them out there with new channels being created daily.

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The Good

I’ve made some awesome friends since starting my channel and I have improved as a creator greatly. A lesser known result that my channel has had is in my confidence and social ability. For those that have followed this blog it will be no surprise to find out that I am autistic, which has lead to numerous social issues throughout my life. By doing interviews on my channel I have begun to break through that shell quite a bit, I no longer spend hours in anxiety before an interview and instead am perfectly comfortable talking to just about anyone.

I’ve grown a lot as a person over the last 7 months and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Even though I’ve had some major spats in the last 7 months and have lost a few friends, I’ve had the time of my life and I look forward to many more months and years on the platform.

 

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

 

 

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Weekend Tube: 08/31/2018

Time for another edition of Weekend Tube. Got some great videos for you this week so let’s get right to it!

Honorable Mention: Godless Geeks: Tatted Atheist and Steve McRae

This video was plagued with tech issues but that only made it even funnier with Steve, Bran, and Tatted Atheist playing musical chairs. This is a great video! Check it out!

#10: Flat Out: FLAT EARTH – Breaking the Electrostatic Flux

New to the list is Flat Out. This channel is hilarious with the star being a flat earther attempting to use science to prove that the earth is flat. Check this video out where he attempts to prove that static and not gravity is what keeps us glued to the Earth.

#9: Black Sofa: Introducing The Atheist Rationale

Black Sofa has a great series that’s dedicated to finding new content creators and introducing them to the rest of us. In this video Mike introduces us to The Atheist Rationale a young and hilarious new content creator.

#8: Tatted Atheist: One Cringe Kid

Tatted Atheist returns to the list with a great video on a young Christian Apologist. The kids arguments are weak which makes Tatted’s response that much funnier. Check it out!

#7: Godless Engineer: Re: Jesus Was Not Copied From Inanna by Inspiring Philosophy

What do you do if a theist takes your words and misrepresents what you said? Well if you are Godless Engineer you rip them a hilariously huge new asshole. Great video GE!

#6 Paulogia: Fast Food, Fast Fossils & Superheroes

Batman is an Atheist and the world is now coming to an end because of it! If that didn’t get you to watch this great video then I don’t know what will. Awesome video from Paulogia!

#5 Essence of Thought: Christian Apologist Claims Christopher Hitchens Deserved Cancer

Essence of Thought is another that’s new to the list and yet I’m honestly shocked that it took me so long to find this amazing channel! In this video they take on Christian Apologist SJ Thomason and some of her absolutely disgusting beliefs, namely that Hitchens got Cancer so that god could stop him from turning anymore good Christians into Atheists…Great video!

#4 Isethoriginal: Only Non-Atheists Have Free Will…ish

Iseth and Jimmy do a fantastic job destroying this apologists opinion that Atheists are bound to live a life free from free will and that’s why atheists are actually the religious ones or something along those lines? Great video!

#3 The Atheist Rationale: Kragen Clan Debunked

You’ll recognize Atheist Rationale from earlier in the list on Black Sofa’s channel. But I had to include this video. Yes it’s actually from last week but I didn’t know about this creator until now so it’s still new to me. I also chose this video because AR gets a huge amount of hate in his comment section, more hate than I’ve ever seen on a channel this size and so let’s give him some support and subscribe!

#2 Nonsequitur: Christopher Hitchens: Anniversary of Morality

This video is a tear factory. Seriously though it’s a wonderful tribute to Hitchens on the anniversary of his last books release. I cried reading that book and I cried watching this video. Such an awesome show!

#1 Logicked:Legend of Zelda proves God is real!!!

Logicked has a hilarious video this week from a man who thinks biblical symbols in the Legend of Zelda games is an obvious sign that god is real. This is an incredible episode and you definitely need to check it out!

Video of the Week: Mr. Atheist: Gay Mormon Used as Token… Doesn’t Work Out

Not many videos actually make me giddy and yet when I saw this video in my sub feed I let out a small squeal of absolute Joy. In a recent hangout I recommended this channel and while I have no way of proving that’s why Jimmy made this, I can say he totally made it just for me. So thank you Jimmy! The video itself deals with how you can be Mormon and gay as long as you don’t do anything gay. It’s very cringy!


Anyway those are the videos this week. Let me know what you think in the comments and definitely subscribe to everyonehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm5gl7K5Q7os channel, they are all awesome creators!

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The List: 7/20/2018

This list is already a day late, so let’s get to it!

#10 Wonderlady: Questions for Atheists

Starting the list was a video that I responded to earlier in the week. I thought these were some great question so it would be awesome if others could answer these questions as well.

#9 God is Not Good: Get ’em While They’re Young Episode 12: Banana Man’s Commandments for a Better Life

GiNG is back with another great episode of Get em while they are young. In this video he discusses many hard hitting topics, such as Banana fellatio, great video!

#8: Frustrated Atheist: Did You Say Beat A Dead Horse? (Featuring Godless Engineer)

Frustrated Atheist returns to the list with a completely original video…or a bunch of clips from other YouTubers who discuss a commonly responded to video. Seriously it’s a great video, check it out!

#7 Spineless Skeptic: What Is God (Baby Don’t Hurt Me)

Brand new to the list this week is Spineless Skeptic. Taking on the Wise Christian, now known as “The Righteous Judge.” Great video and glad to have you on the list this week!

#6 Tatted Atheist: Another Failed Attack On Evolution

Tatted Atheist returns with his take on a bad argument against evolution. Check it out and please subscribe!

#5: Anti-Ordinary: Scarlett Johansson Is Transphobic! TRANSPLAINING!

AO is back with her take on the Scarlett Johanson scandal. Should only people who are a part of a certain segment of society be allowed to play a character within that segment of society? Al Pacino says he hopes not… Great video!

#4: Prophet of Zod: “Bad Voddie” (Voddie Proves the Bible Part 5)

PoZ finishes out his Voddie video series with a particularly hilarious video. Voddie makes some awful arguments and Zod is there with logic, reason, and hilarity. Great video!

#3: Ideology: Nonsequitur Show: Triggered News. Cringe Updates. Cult of Du$ty Invite.

This show was pure fun and hilarious. Never have I laughed more at genital removal and I’m not even kidding. lol

#2: Telltale Atheist: Are Moonies A Religious Cult?

Telltale talks the Moonies. Are they a cult? Watch the video and find out. I’m really enjoying this series of videos from his channel and Happy belated Birthday Telltale!

#1: Godless Engineer: The Moon Proves Darwin and Evolution Were Wrong

Godless Engineer takes on a Moonie of a different order. Did you know that the existence of the moon proves that evolution never happened? No? Well then you are doing far better than the man in this video.

Video of the Week: Viced Rhino: How Creationist Date Disproves Noah’s Flood

Viced Rhino takes on some actual scientists who produce bullshit of a higher order. Attempting to use scientific data to promote the biblical flood story. Does it work? No it doesn’t, and thank you Viced Rhino for making this incredible video!

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Happy Fathers Day

Just wanted to write a quick post about my dad, the guy that helped me so much throughout my life. While my father isn’t an atheist, or at least isn’t openly an atheist, he did instill in me the idea that things are always ok to question. My father never scorned me for asking anything, he always met my questions with joy and tried to answer them as best as he could.

Dad isn’t a highly educated man but he can do anything. I’m saddened at times knowing that my father sees my college education and some sort of proof that I am smarter than him but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. My father is one of the smartest men I have ever known. He has the kind of hard working know-how that only comes from a long life of dedication and love for his family. Dad would have given up anything if it meant that my brother and I had more. We were very poor when I was young but I never felt poor during those times. My dad would often times eat nothing but popcorn for lunch so that they could spend a little more money on food for the family. He scrimped and saved and always had a roof over our heads.

I can remember many night, my father rubbing his brow at the table going through the monthly bills. The stress was palpable and yet he always seemed to somehow make ends meet. My brother and I never felt as if we did without anything. We had clothes, shoes, games, toys, all the things that a child could have.

Sadly we never had one thing from my father, that is the words, “I love you.” See my father’s childhood wasn’t close to the experience of my own. When my father was just 12 years old his mother told him that she loved him as he went to school and upon his return she had vanished. He wouldn’t see her again for nearly a year. When my grandmother ran off my grandfather suffered a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized. He wouldn’t get out of the asylum until after my grandmother returned.

During that year my father and his sister lived with an aunt and uncle. They too were alcoholics and while my uncle sexually abused my aunt he beat my father with anything he could get his hands on. My father told me of a time that he took a log chain and beat my father so severely that my dad thought he was going to die.

Then his mother showed back up and the first words out of her mouth were, “I love you.”

Dad is almost completely incapable of saying those words, they physically pain him and cause him a great deal of mental anguish. So he never said it, not once during my entire childhood did I ever hear my father tell me that he loved me. I knew he did because of all he did for us but it’s strange to explain the pain of never having heard those words.

If you’ve read my journey away from faith series you will know that shortly after my 18th birthday I hopped on a bus and headed to Texas. The night that I left the family drove me to the bus station and we sat waiting for the bus to arrive. It pulled up, I started to get on and my dad grabbed my arm. He hugged me close and said, “I love you.”

I cannot describe the emotion that coursed through my body that night. Even today when I think about it those same feelings are still there. I love my dad, and he loves me. Even though he doesn’t say it much I know he does.

Thank you dad for being amazing.
I love you!