Groypers: An Atheist Survival Guide
First of all, Groypers are a group of extreme activists who are known for their use of online trolling and harassment. In 2023 their leader Nick Fuentes remarked that he wants the 21st Century to become the most Christian Century in human history. Groypers are named after a cartoon frog character called “Groyper”.
Incidentally, Groypers often target atheists because they believe that atheism is a threat to their agenda to drag the Conservative Movement back towards religion. They use online trolling and harassment in an effort to silence atheists or to make them feel unwelcome. They also try to spread misinformation about atheism or to make atheists feel like they are not part of Conservatism.
And so, here are a few things that you can do to protect yourself from groypers as an atheist:
- Be aware of the signs of a groyper. They use the cartoon frog character “Groyper” as a symbol of their movement. Groypers also use far-right language and symbols, and may express support for insane solutions that oppose the founding of the country.
- Avoid engaging with groypers online or in person. If you do encounter a groyper, do not engage with them. Do not respond to their messages, and do not give them any attention.
- Find atheists and allies who can help you if you are targeted by groypers. It is important to have people in your life who you can trust and who will support you if you are being harassed or threatened.
So, how can you respond to Groyper attacks as an atheist?
- Educate yourself about groypers and their beliefs. The more you know about them, the better equipped you will be to respond to them.
- Speak out against groyper harassment and intimidation. When you see groypers engage in harassment or intimidation, speak out against it. You can do this by speaking out on social media.
- Support Atheists for Liberty and similar organizations. There are a number of organizations that work to combat extremism and theocracy. By supporting these organizations, you can help to make a difference in the fight against their dogma.
Thus, by following these tips you’re helping to safeguard our Republic against any new groyper incursions!
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