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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-24-08 09:09 AM
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14. How would one describe offensively dogmatic atheists?
Name-calling in general is of no value.

In a forum where atheists have a greater relative amount of privilege, they will control that much more of the rhetoric. Name-calling on religious people will frequently enjoy justification, and name-calling on atheists will deemed similarly intolerable.

So it's a power issue over a worthless argument tactic. And there are (broadly) two issues -- the issue of the existence of God, and the issue of power, privilege, and their exercise.

And THEN, you have other arguments to disentangle. For example, why is it an offensive act to classify atheism as religion or religious? There are sound and non-inflammatory arguments for each. You may not accept one or another, and you may have a better argument, but blithely dismissing any substantive claim is only effective among opponents who are stupid or acting in bad faith.

And is it really inflammatory to use "religion" as an epithet? Isn't that really analogous to using "atheist" as a slur?

As a non-believer myself, I understand the pleasure in trashing the tabernacle. But once you take notice of religious issues that are not divisive and tyrannical, you have to find new ways of dealing with the whole schmeer, and that's currently a big stumbling block in the faith/doubt conversation.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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