While there are some things that I like about Facebook there are a few things that drive me f-ing crazy.
I won’t get into all the things that drive me crazy about Facebook because this is only an AI and we don’t have five hours to kill but I will discuss one aspect that has got me seriously thinking and is relevant to this community.
I recently had an audience member at a skeptical event tell me that she was afraid to share her atheist themed artwork because she was frightened of the response that she would get from friends and family who were of a religious mindset. My advice to her was to go on Facebook or other online networks and find some of the atheist communities where she would be welcome. She could share her art there anonymously if she wanted and then maybe later, when she was more confident, she could share her art with a wider audience.
There is a huge community of atheists and non believers who communicate on Facebook and twitter under fake names because they are afraid to come out. I understand how there is a need for this but it’s starting to bother me and it has me questioning my own advice.
Then my friend sent me this to ask me what I thought:
Yeah, it really does sort of upset me. And then I started seriously questioning my own views. How can I be ok with the god-less community hiding behind fake names for personal gain in terms of popularity and acceptance and not be ok with a ministry doing the same kind of thing? I know atheists that use things like “Tha Lord” and “God Almighty” to poke fun at religion and at least half the people on the internet are hiding behind pseudonyms.
Is it ok for this guy to use the name Jesus Christ on Facebook to advertise his church? Is it ok for atheists and other people to use fake names on twitter either to poke fun at religion, to gain friends or hide their identity? Why?