With so many 'coming out' stories about atheism, I was wondering if there is a way that atheists can identify one another without asking. In the gay world, it's 'gaydar' - noting the way that someone walks, talks, dresses, interacts with others, or somehow just "is".
I've had a few people, out of the blue (at work) volunteer to me that they are atheist. I didn't ask why, it just seemed like a topic for conversation at the time. Even though it's a very busy workplace and we don't chat much at all.
So I'm wondering, if there is a atheist version of 'gaydar'? Something that makes us think "that person looks like an atheist!". Maybe it's a lack of interest in Xmas, or that is the only person who never mentions going to church, or... what? Seeing that evolve-fish on their car - well, that's obvious. There must be something more subtle.
I've seen a similar situation with Mormons here. Fairly quickly, they seem to identify one another by mentions of their son on a mission, or their trip to Salt Lake City, or, I don't know, their most recent jello recipes. Key words, or key concepts, and maybe mannerisms, seem to help some like-minded people identify one another.
If there is such a 'early detection system', what is it called? Or what should it be called? Somehow 'heathenar' doesn't have that snappy sound.
Where I am from there are so few atheists I don't ever assume anyone is an atheist. If I am ever curious though, I have on a couple occasions made mention of the flying spaghetti monster. Odds are if they are atheists they'll know what your talking about, if they're christian they just won't know what the hell your talking about and ignore it. Closest thing to a secret code-word I can think of :)
I've certainly used that one, with decent success. I find the completely bafflement of the religious people rather amusing. I've also brought up the invisible pink unicorn on occasion, and when they ask what on earth that is, I just tell them to look it up on Wikipedia, and leave them to it.
This was in the billpayer section on A|N - The nonbeliever band. It's a black silicone armband that says nonbeliver (duh). Probably no way to know if it's legit without buying one, but it's an interesting idea. I wonder if the color shouldn't be white - unbeleif is enlightenment, not darkness.