Atheist Anger and Exmormon Offense
Often, people ask: “Why are atheists so angry?” Similarly, many people (although probably not as many, since the Mormon sphere is a lot smaller) think that Ex-Mormons left “because they were offended.”
Too often, these groups — already used to being marginalized and having their concerns minimized — try to argue that the stereotypes just don’t fit. Atheists aren’t all angry. Exmormons aren’t all offended.
And certainly, this is true.
But we must never forget the actual anger that does exist, the actual offense that has taken place, and that these reactions are reasonable.
Greta Christina has perhaps the most comprehensive accounting of atheist anger and its justification that I’ve seen…ever. They reminded me of Diane T’s and Leah E’s accountings of what about Mormonism is often offensive to the ex-Mormon, former, or post-Mormon.
Ultimately, I can’t help but feel that indignation — however justified — is a fire too unwieldy to bear, even when we try to use it for constructive goals, to improve society. It consumes us, hinders us from progressing. I don’t think we should be considered “defective” or “deficient” for experiencing these things, but nevertheless, it is not an enviable or preferable state of affairs.