People complain when a Christian or Muslim serves as an extreme example of the faith, and other Christians and/or Muslims take it upon themselves to call those people out for their bad behavior. This same behavior occurs amongst people of common race, ancestry or even geography. Is there the same expectation of atheists and anti-theists? Since it's not an organized belief system, is it a free pass to be rude or demeaning to people in conjunction with declaring one's atheism or anti-theism, or do the standard mores of civility dictate that others step up to distance their own philosophy from the actions or words of an individual, even though it's not a religious one?
A Christian will stand up and denounce a loud, overbearing Christian, an Italian will point out that the cast of Jersey Shore does not represent them, and residents of trailer parks everywhere insist on not being associated with Brittney Spears. Is the same expected of atheists, when the only commonality is an absence of something?
Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 7:47 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
You're positing a No True Scotsman Fallacy here.
Answer by clarity333 at 8:01 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
Answer by FluffyMamaBunny at 8:19 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
I call out atheists who are being completely unreasonable or confrontational without being provoked.
It reflects badly on all of us.
Answer by beeky at 8:25 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:25 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
Answer by clarity333 at 8:31 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 8:35 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
Answer by 1plustwinsmommy at 8:52 PM on Mar. 26, 2011
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