I have been occasionally following some of the fundies mainstream media chums comments about calling Atheists a cult or a new form of fuindementalism. It becomes clear that confrontation is all they seek. Their only point of reference.
In a life framed in cultism, and I still view even 'mainstream' religions as cults, it seems to be all about examining other peoples viewpoint whilst never ever having any introspection about ones own belief system. Of course at this stage we could presume they avoid this as a serious examination of their own credulousness and lack of reality would cause severe difficulties.
For whom? Well another of my hobby horses is the fact I view religion as never having had a legitimacy outside it's use as a tool of political emasculation and oppression and as the christian church is at the moment doing all it can in the USA to erode the seperation of church and state it won't be long before they claim that Atheists are political enemies.
America is the only country set up outside the rule of the church and they do not like it. I mean they really do not like it.
Opinions on the site are so wide ranging that we are reasonably secure from their accusations. However I feel we will be shooting ourselves in the foot if we continue to allow questions about the veracity of the bible and like the question posted 'are you sure there's no god'. When we tie these sorts of meanderings attached to the latest ideas on a mantra and a symbol it gives the politicians using the bible a simple target for the imbecile fundy cannon fodder to understand.
Surely our strength as Atheists is the variance of belief systems and the rationality of our discussions even when we disagreee. This gives us not only broadranging and stimulating posts but makes us difficult to pin down.
We give them a focal point such as a mantra or a symbol all we need is any irrational action by anyone just claiming to be an Atheist and they are going to jump all over it. Or give them the point of a ceremony. Lets say we use a hairdrier to dry off baptismal water. Fuck me I don't think the fundies could have come up with something so puerile and pointless.
So now anybody who does not believe is a lunatic with a funny symbol chasing down the road screaming Darwin is great trying to dry the hair of newly baptised/christened infants.
How do we ever get them to examine their crazy beliefs when we are making it easy for them to typecast us?
It enables them to construct the only construct they have which is discord and confrontation the christian fundies see muslims as fundamentalists without examining the fact that they are fundamentalists and all fundamentalism is bad news. This of course works vice a versa.
To sum up, we will be contributing to the breakdown of rational argument if we give them funny symbols or the cult of personality to ridicule as this is how they escape self critique how they are able to commit vile acts by merely pointing out that they aren't as weird as the other loonies.
We can't let that happen. Can we?