My Evening with Greta Christina
Wow. You guys missed the most amazing talk. Greta Christina spoke tonight at the San Francisco Atheists meeting. Her subject was “What can the atheist movement learn from the gay movement?”
I wish I had taken notes. I did write down one thing she said, because it touched upon a matter that I occasionally struggle with:
Let firebrands be firebrands and diplomats be diplomats.… Both methods together [are] more effective than either alone.… The good-cop/bad-cop dynamic should not be underestimated.
The funny thing is, in real life, I’m very much the diplomat. My carbon-based incarnation is not nearly as dickish as my silicon-based alter-ego. In the past, I have struggled with just what my online role should be. For the moment, the matter is settled.
But Greta is right. The atheist movement can learn a lot from what the gay-rights movement did right and where it stumbled.
So go out there, find yourself a gay friend, and probe him.