Before I had even had my first cup of coffee yesterday, some little pissant Muslim had called me an ‘angry atheist’ in response to the #CLIsUsingQuraanInHerSong foolishness. I turned it around and reminded him that it was, in fact, Muslims who were yet again angry for no legitimate reason. The truth was though, he was right. I was angry about people capitulating and allowing religion to dictate what we can and cannot do. It’s okay to be angry that religious people seem to think they are within their rights to make demands of the world around them.
I finally got a cup of coffee in, and then I’m called a ‘butthurt atheist’ in response to a tweet I made about Muslim outrage about music videos, versus the complete lack of outrage about child-marriage. I was informed that child-marriage has nothing to do with Islam, and is “just weird cultures in certain countries”.
Though I wasn’t ‘butthurt’, I was once again angry; needless to say, the thought of child-marriage sickens me. It’s okay to be angry about this abhorrent practice.
There is nothing wrong with being angry for the right reasons.
Islam imposing its will on the rest of the world should make you angry. Child-marriage should make you angry. Opposition to marriage equality should make you angry. Throwing acid in someone’s face should make you angry. An organisation that protects child-rapists should make you angry. Telling people that condoms are a sin should make you angry. Schools trying to teach ‘Intelligent Design’ as if it were science should make you angry. I could go on and on, but I am sure you get the point.
I’m not an angry atheist, I am a rational person who is angry for legitimate reasons; I just happen to be an atheist and a lot (but not all) of those reasons are related to religion. This righteous indignation however, is what keeps people from becoming complacent, it’s what fuels people’s desire to change things and make the world a better place. So, be angry when it is warranted, but try to do something with that anger; make a difference.