Oh I do. I’ve been online since 1989, Scott and I’ve been in ALL kinds of groups. There’s plenty of religious people acting badly out there.
There’s plenty of people taking care of that for me and I don’t have to do it.
There’s religious people acting reasonably. I’ve hung around them as well. They keep themselves in check so I don’t have to worry about them.
There’s atheists who discuss things rationally and reasonably all over the place. They’re self-regulating systems. I don’t need to worry about them either.
There’s atheists – stereotyped as the neckbeards – who post memes and behave badly. MOST of that doesn’t reach my territory.
But then there’s the stuff that reaches my territory.
I keep intelligent friends.
If I see intelligent friends acting badly, I’ll call them on it.
I would want to be called on it if I was behaving badly.
In fact, you’re helping me now, asking me to justify myself or change my opinions. This very conversation is what I appreciate and is also why I posted it.
I want to be called on it so that I know what I’m doing well and what I’m not.
I present the same challenge to others who I consider on the same level as me.
I don’t want to wrestle in the mud. If I’m sitting at a nice table having a discussion with tea and crumpets in a field surrounded by rowdy villagers, and a member of the table takes a handful of mud and flings it at the crowds and begins to laugh, I’m going to call out that behavior and I might even pick up a handful of mud and throw it at the person who threw the mud.
Elitist of me? Yes.