On the 'Reality vs Illusion/Sanity vs Delusion' debate, & related bashing on forums: some interesting comments
"Look, Iím just a regular guy, and I probably wonít express this as eloquently as someone else could, but I feel like I have to get a few things off my chest about this latest little meme.... I'm also admittedly a sorta bitter person, so I'll note that I only speak for myself here... I don't come here to have a grand, high-minded discussion.
...I spend most of my day around an endless variety of people, all of whom, for all of their differences, share one thing in common: The majority of them base their most important life decisions on a fantasy, and expect those around them to do the same... So I come here because it's a place where I can lay my guard down and not feel like I have to hide the fact that I feel like the only sane person in a sea of delusional sycophants.
I come here for a variety of valid reasons, which tend to go ignored when someone tries to blow the circle-jerk whistle, and belies their intentions of having a reasonable, balanced discussion. Then again, I will admit that the community does spend a lot of time making fun of theists. So what?...I canít really talk about these kinds of things anywhere else, or with anyone else. Is it so criminal that I might want to do it in this isolated little slice of the internet?
First of all, I disagree on the point that 'bashing' is really even all that bad. We're allowed to speak however we want... That's the first amendment. But if someone's acting like a moron for whatever reason, you don't automatically 'stoop to their level' by the act of pointing it out, even if you get a laugh out of it. Seriously, try to live by that standard any time you read or see something ridiculous on TV or in the newspaper...
We're just talking... We're poking fun because with the political and cultural situation being the way it is, it's really the only recourse we have... Sure, you might get a chapter of some 'secular humanist' organization popping up here or there, but on the whole, organizing atheists is generally like herding cats. Maybe this is why we as a subreddit choose to focus on the ridiculous and hilarious fact that we're living in this ass-backwards society that chooses to make world-shaking decisions based on folklore.
Again, somehow a little levity doesn't sound so criminal. It's what we choose to focus on because truly, it's one of the few things we actually have in common."
- From "What you should know about the Atheism subreddit"