Greta Christina has a few perfect examples of how being an atheist can often be a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t position:
When atheists focus our critiques on conservative or extremist religions, we get accused of ignoring the tolerant progressive ones, and lumping all religions together. But when we do criticize progressive or moderate religions, we’re accused of mean-spirited overkill, of alienating people who could be our allies.
When atheists criticize Christianity, we get accused of being cowards for not criticizing Islam. But when we criticize Islam, we get accused of cultural insensitivity.
When atheists attempt to present an organized, unified front, we get accused of being Stalinist group-think robots. But when we’re honest about disagreements among us, we get derided and dismissed for the supposed “schisms” that are supposedly dooming our movement to failure.
She goes into a lot of depth for each item, explaining why each is untrue and unfair.
It’s a must-read. As always, with Greta, it’s insightful and powerful writing.