I’ve been posting and debating atheists for years. Over time I’ve seen a lot of unique individuals, many of whom have nothing in common except their shared non-belief. However there is one thing, over time, I see over and over and over again that disturbs me… and that is a heavy reliance on sarcasm from atheists in response to whatever thread they are engaging in. If anyone recalls me, I visited here fairly regularly on this forum from 2006-2009 and have dropped by sparingly ever since. My areas of interest lie in: the culture of atheism, Catholic doctrinal discussion, basic apologetics. My style is to merely explain my stance and the Church's stance on whatever, argue a point or two, and move on. About 10% of you atheists will give an honest to goodness debate that involves respect, intellect and curiosity – which is the reason I am here. However, about 90% of the time I see a quick jab, a sarcastic remark, a (predictable) reference to pedophile priests and the Inquisition that may get a laugh from the peanut gallery, but in the end serves no ultimate purpose. I honestly want to come back with a sarcastic rebuttal, then I hold back thinking “how do I want to be perceived in this debate?” Sarcasm achieves so very little in my opinion that I wound up counting to 10, and repeated “calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean” 100 times and continued in debate (well, not really but you get my point).
I have been contemplating joining the discussion again, but I recall such a sarcastic backlash from many atheists in this forum on most of my posts that it seems such a colossal waste of time – what could possibly be accomplished? So I ask, what IS the purpose, reason and meaning behind such useless and time wasting sarcastic remarks? Pent up frustration? A desire to dig into theists (particularly Catholics?)? Get a laugh from your buddies? What does sarcasm accomplish? Because it wears on people and does not reflect well.
So I ask… should I come back and try to search some honest debate, or just leave knowing that the culture of sarcasm I discovered 6 years as is healthy as ever? Why the all the sarcasm?