That link up top that says “Conservative Atheist Survey” has brought some attention, both positive and negative, to my inbox.
First, the positive.
Thank you, all of you, who responded. I’ve received a few dozen responses so far, but need a lot more to make this an effective study. The sheer range of responses I’m getting are actually unexpected… I was thinking I’d be getting many of the same responses, but there are so many different opinions and explanations that this final report will be longer and more detailed than I expected. Again, all of you are going to remain completely anonymous and will not be identified at all in my final report, but I am still extending my unequivocal appreciation to those who have and who will respond.
And now, the negative.
I love the response I got last night that was a simple two-word response from someone named “Fred Flintstone.” I believe it was something to the effect of “fuck off.” Nice. Thanks, guy.
The response was, I believe, from a jackass on a reddit thread I posted to solicit some responses to this survey. This guy stated in all caps a WARNING that an email address is required to complete the survey because the responses need to be emailed to me, and that the only respondents that should respond are those who are too stupid to understand that I’m just existing to steal identities and send out spam. I promptly called him a fuckstick and a conspiracy theorist who felt everyone was out to get him. Honestly, I barely have time for this website and podcast (yeah, I know, I said it’s coming by October 1st… but a thing called midterms happened and I had to shift priorities) so why the actual fuck would I have time or desire to steal identities or send out spam? Come on, really? I’m paying for this fucking site out of my own pocket and not making a dime from it…
The other negativity was from a few Twitter followers who were trying to tell me that the survey was biased and skewed toward a liberal point of view. That’s kind of the point. I want to stir up the emotional response of an opinionated conservative so that they give their first response instead of backspacing and rewording their responses for the sake of being less biased or more neutral in their explanation. Atheists are known for rational, logical thought, and I’m seeking just that… but the emotional inference in a hastily written response because I pissed someone off by how I worded a question is also what I’m looking for. People are more likely to provide a truthful, meaningful response instead of a carefully worded, watered down response when emotion is used. That’s my full intention on the wording of this survey, and believe me, it took a while to write these questions.
I know I don’t have many viewers of this site at the moment, but for those of you who do visit, please spread the word about this survey to any socially conservative atheists you know. The help really is appreciated.