Internet God Botherers: Mostly Horrible People
Over the last 10 or so months that I’ve been engaging with theists, and blogging about those encounters here, I’ve discovered something that I thought worth sharing. First, a little background – I’ve been using messageboards and forums for over a decade, and I’ve come across lots of different people – from the Jockrock Scottish music forum where a chap calling himself ‘No Name’ took against me with a rare ferocity, insulting me at every turn until it turned out he’d got me mixed up with someone else, via the bulletin board for the online FPS DDay: Normandy, where I got permanently banned for daring to (correctly) say that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to the Yahoogroup about Canadian indie rock, where a total douche called Kyle held his insider knowledge to jealously that he wouldn’t even answer questions.
Wherever one goes online there are people who want to belittle, bully, act like self righteous dickwads, and generally think they’re better than everyone else, and I’ve encountered some of the very worst of them…..or so I thought.
In a move that’s surely running contrary to the teachings of their supposed ‘saviour’, online Christians have been the very worst of the worst, whether it’s Keith Roberts spewing out hideous homophobia, Rhomphaia….er…spewing out hideous homophobia, Bob Sorensen spewing out hideous homophobia (bit of a theme emerging here) and rabid anti science nonsense, Raissa Nkuba spewing out hideous homophobia, Sye Ten Bruggencate gibbering out insane rubbish in a smug and self-satisfied manner, Dan of Debunking Atheists showing a disgusting lack of empathy for fellow humans (read the comments on this post), Eric Hovind lying to people for money, Joe Cienkowski insulting those who disagree with his creationist crap, Chris Bolt seemingly setting up a whole blog to attack me (and subsequently acting like a colossally self-righteous dickwad on that same blog), Matt Slick insulting anyone who isn’t him on his radio show, or Youtuber ‘VenomFangX’ showing zero contrition for his numerous failings, all of them are amongst the more unpleasant people I’ve ever encountered.
What is it that makes these people so unbearable? Why are they, to a man and woman, arrogant, rude, dismissive, and wishing hell fire on others? Were they attracted to Christianity because it encourages their style of unpleasantness, or did they become unpleasant because of Christianity?
I’ve no idea, but I can safely say I’ve never met anyone quite as vile as online Christians – which is odd, considering they constantly lecture others on how much better they are than everyone else.
EDIT: As if by magic, Dan has proved my point perfectly with this disgusting parp of hatred.