June 20, 2013

John Oliver's Comments About Sarah Palin Have Relevance to Atheist Community

I caught this brief clip (03:15) on The Daily Show earlier in the week and found it both funny and poignant in light of some of the recent drama in the atheist community. Although Sarah Palin is the subject, the comments John Oliver makes about how we respond to her have a much broader relevance.

As John Oliver so eloquently reminds us in this clip,
Just because I walked into a turd supermarket doesn't mean I have to buy anything.
I think there just might be a lesson there when it comes to how we respond to things we encounter on the Internet, even right here in the atheist community. When faced with obnoxious trolling, we do have the option to refusing to engage. We can ignore the troll or refuse to take the bait of our favorite rage blogger. I'm not suggesting we should always do so, but it is important to remember that we do indeed have that option. We do not always have to shower such persons with the attention they seem to crave.

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