Dear Cynical-C

I get email:

Hi Chris,

I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I love it. I want to thank you for being such an outspoken voice on atheism. I want to ask you if you ever go to any atheism meetings or if you can recommend any in the Boston area.

Mike

Thanks Mike. To answer your question I had to think long and hard to find out how bored I would have to be before I went to an atheist meeting. I think perhaps if my wife was out of town, my friends all died, my cat had really bad diarrhea while all the electricity went out leaving my tv and computer useless and if Amazon had come into my house and removed all the books in my personal library because of some copyright problem (leaving a refund in my Amazon account of course) and if all my musical instruments were broken along with the disappearance of every writing instrument and paper product and the closing of all music clubs, comedy clubs, cafes and if my telescope was useless due to all the stars in the sky suddenly going black I may be bored enough to go to an atheist meeting. Provided that it was close to my house. Although, after all that it may be wiser to go to a Seventh Day Adventist meeting.

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  1. Hey everyone! Come to my Atheism Meeting at 8:00PM on the second and fourth Fridays at Postmark Cafe in Brooklyn. We call it the Living Room Show, and there will be jokes, but the subtext is aaaall about how to be a better atheist.

    Then we eat at nearby restaurants afterwards. Mingling like that means higher chances of finding an atheist mate and raising atheist children… the show, I mean the meeting, returns on the 11th of Sept (I know…but it’s the 2nd Friday of Sept). Also this meeting accepts people of any religion / creed / color.

  2. While I realize the irony of the OP’s question, it seems a bit harsh to belittle him after serving you a very complimentary and respectful email. I’m sure he didn’t consider what an Atheism meeting would (or wouldn’t) consist of, but give the guy a break – he asked it out of respect and you just tore him down.

    I’m not trying to tell you how to run your blog, I’m just sharing my viewpoint. Hopefully he hasn’t read this and changed his opinion of you.

  3. @Mike K

    I don’t understand what you’re talking about.

    My comment about atheist meetings is not an attack on the emailer, but just an honest opinion of how I feel about atheist meetings.

    Perhaps you need to tone down your sensitivity dial a bit.

  4. I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I love it. I want to thank you for being such an outspoken voice on bacon. I want to ask you if you ever go to any bacon meetings or if you can recommend any in the Bacon, I mean Boston, area.

  5. That was not a slam on Mike, who clearly is a good guy just looking for a good place to commiserate with cynics. I was just anticipating the next e-mail Chris posts. Also, Kevin Bacon looks a lot like me. ALSO-also, does anyone have any pictures of Kevin Bacon eating bacon?

  6. I don’t think the idea of atheist meetings is so absurd. There are atheist summer camps. In College – which was religiously affiliated – I was a member of the a club called the atheist alliance. They’d have regular meetings and activities. I bet if I wasn’t so lazy I could do a little bit of research and find something of the sort in the greater Boston area.

    You have exploited a very polite request from one of your readers (who was probably just trying to ingratiate himself with a fellow Bostonian whom he no doubt respected) so as you could cruelly make fun of him, and in the process make yourself look intellectually superior in front of all your readers – who don’t even seem to realize that you would just as soon do the same to them. I think your a bully. Moreover, it continuously amazes me the amount of scorn you have for your readers.

    I’ve read your blog for 5 years and I like it a lot. But if you dislike blogging or your readers so much maybe this isn’t the best occupation for you.

  7. For those of us that escaped religious backgrounds/experiences Chris’ answer isn’t mean or anything other than his honest opinion. I certainly don’t begrudge someone wanting to get together with other atheists but in my experiences other than atheism you may find you’d have not a thing in common with the rest of a group. Same with being childfree, other than that desire it may be a wide divide (and yes, that could be with any avocation or hobby). But the groups I’ve attended for both CF and atheism seem to be one dimensional beyond the cover.
    Now if you combined a bunch like say childfree, atheist, VW lovin’, welding and guitar freaks, then I might be interested in that group.

  8. Don’t say I never did anything for anyone on here:

    blostonatheists.org

    “Boston Atheists provides fellowship, activism, and education for the atheists in the Greater Boston metro area. As a local affiliate of American Atheists, we advocate at every opportunity for the advancement of a reality-based worldview.”

  9. “Now if you combined a bunch like say childfree, atheist, VW lovin’, welding and guitar freaks, then I might be interested in that group.”

    Sorry, you lost me at “VW” and “welding”. I can’t ascribe to your narrow minded thinking! Now, if it was CF, atheist, classic Mini loving, Guild Wars playin’, 80s hair band freaks, then you might have me. But, since you’re not willing to meet me halfway, we have nothing to talk about…

  10. @Mike K

    I don’t understand what you’re talking about.

    My comment about atheist meetings is not an attack on the emailer, but just an honest opinion of how I feel about atheist meetings.

    Perhaps you need to tone down your sensitivity dial a bit.

    I went back and re-read your reply to the original post. You are correct, you didn’t actually rip on him. While your response was sarcastic and tinged with ridicule, the brunt of the scorn was provided in the follow-up posts, not in yours.

    If your “attack” was on Athiest meetings, I hope the OP stuck around long enough to read that from you and understand that it wasn’t personal.

    No hard feelings here, BTW.

  11. A friend mentioned The Ethical Society in St. Louis- that has some sort of services and meetings, not religious.

    I’ve never been one for meetings. Mormons are currently running a TV ad for their new free video about “Finding Happiness”. Plenty of screen shots devoted to lovely mountains, peaceful oceans and beaches, fields…

    Bullshit. That is not part of religion. You join and you will be sitting in pews for the rest of your Sundays and they are not located in Yosemite, either.

  12. I plan on starting an atheistic student group when I start college in less than a month. I have been unsure of exactly what to do but, this post makes me want to put extra thought into making the meetings worth attending.

    The topic can’t simply be atheisim, atheisim isn’t anything. Either way I’ll have to gauge interest first and see if enough people will even want to try it out.

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