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An Atheist’s Replacement For YouTube

April 6, 2009

With the recent problems surrounding YouTube and the way it’s handling atheists and skeptics on their site, Brother Richard, the creator of atheist social networking website Atheist Nexus has given the godless another irreverent alternative to congregate on, NoGodTube. This is his statement on why he decided to create the site:

With NoGodTube, we can continue to debate, but on our terms. Theists will be able to present their arguments based on reason, but if they disagree with our responses, they won’t be able to get us banned or flame us. Best of all, we can use NoGodTube to preserve our arguments for posterity.

Some may argue that we will be biased because of our name, NoGodTube. The way I look at it, the statement, “No God” is the default position. Just like “No Unicorns” is the default. The burden of proof is on the believer. In fact, using Carl Sagan’s statement, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” it is more important to claim “No God.” If we find out someday that there are unicorns, the impact on our daily lives would be much smaller.

I understand the reasoning behind the decision to create this site. YouTube is been swinging the ban-hammer around wildly thanks to their automated banning system and the dishonest non-atheists who incorrectly flag videos just to try to stamp out dissent. I don’t think that completely abandoning the mainstream site is a good idea, I’m sure many questioning and doubtful theists have been illuminated by videos posted by atheists on said site. How easy is it for the common Christian to bring themselves to surf to a site whose very name is blasphemy to them? I would think a wiser decision would be just keep videos on NoGodTube as a backup copy in case God’s horde of lying scoundrels* manage to throw enough wrath at a video to bring down.

So, if you’re tired of having your videos vote-botted down or your account suspended with no humans to appeal the action with, you might want to see if NoGodTube is to your liking.

* I want to clarify that I do not think every Christian/Theist on YouTube is this way, but there are those who do such things(VenomFangX and his cohorts come to mind). I find any Christian who bears false witness to be utterly disgusting, whether it’s in person or via a fraudulent DMCA. It’s one of the ten things you should most certainly know not to do.

  1. April 7, 2009 4:29 am

    Thanks for the tip. Useful information to be sure. I don’t post material to YouTube though I’ve considered it a time or two. Nice to know in advance what it’s fate would likely be. I share your feelings about those who bear false witness and who live by the credo “there is no crime for those who have Christ.”

  2. April 11, 2009 3:11 pm

    This seems like a very bad idea. While there have been issues with Youtube pulling down pro-skepticism and pro-atheism videos, they have been only a small fraction of those. Moreover, forming separate smaller websites generally makes it harder to get a message across. Such websites are almost universally not successful. The obvious example in the other end of thing is GodTube made to be an explicitly Christian alternative to Youtube. They’ve had minimal success. Similarly, look at the success level of both Conservapedia and Dkospedia, right-wing and left-wing alternatives to Wikipedia. Neither has become at all successful and people generally notice Conservapedia simply to laugh over their extreme right-wing religious insanity and ignorance.

    This is trying to solve a small problem in a way that will create much larger ones.

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