Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Facebook community that I chose for this meme series provides content which center around atheism. The Facebook group was founded in 2012. The admins write that because many of them are "Ex-Christians," they feel they are most qualified to mock Christianity. The "About" section also mentions how the vast majority of the audience is also familiar with Christian or western religion. 

Below is the link to this page:

They also give a disclosure that they have posted memes regarding other religions, however, they don't want them sent if the photos "suck." The admins provide many links to videos regarding Atheism (such as: Atheism described in 60 seconds, Atheist make the mistake of reading religious text literally:, What started the big bang, etc.) and is obviously trying to prove their point in the matter of religion. They then go on to provide an apologetic of 20 paragraphs for their reason for being atheists. In the manifesto of defending atheism, an admin talks about why he or she defends science: "For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded."

The admins pose the question "Why do you believe in God" rather than "Why don't I believe in God." They are wanting to express logic and reasoning. Interestingly, the admin goes on to say that he doesn't have a problem with people believing in God, however when religion begins to infringe on people's rights, that is when the admin takes issue. They actually acknowledge that faith exists, however, but "believing in something doesn't make it true."

The admin goes on to recount a persona experience of how he became an atheist:

"But anyway, there I was happily drawing my hero when my big brother Bob asked, “Why do you believe in God?” Just a simple question. But my mum panicked. “Bob,” she said in a tone that I knew meant, “Shut up.” Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was a God and my faith was strong it didn’t matter what people said.Oh…hang on. There is no God. He knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that."
At the end he goes on to note a personal revelation — that honesty is important and that requires the truth — no matter how much the person doesn't like what they hear. 

This is a relatively popular page. It has more than 106,000 likes. People post actively and engage with one another, unlike many of the other Atheism meme pages I have come across. Throughout my time in this series, I'd like to focus on the memes they post and the communities response to those memes. 

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