When I wander around blogs on the Net (and I'm begining to think I see some of you there under different names!) I see lots of apologetics reacting to ... well, pretty much anything with "But he's not a TRUE Christian!"
Beats children in the Lords name: "Not a TRUE Christian!"
Fraud: "Not a TRUE Christian!"
Lies, cheats, steals: "Not a TRUE Christian!"
Says batshit insane things about the end of the world: "Not a TRUE Christian!"
It is VERY disappointing to see it here too.
Has not yet fully deprogrammed, residual magical thinking: "Not a TRUE Atheist!"
Wants to ask questions about the "A" in atheism: "Not a TRUE Atheist!"
Feels good about being distantly related to trees: "Not a TRUE Atheist!"
Disagrees with your atheist/agnostic definition: "Not a TRUE Atheist!"
For craps sake folks, we're on the same team here. We need mutual support & legs up, not screeching matches and put downs. Does it really truly matter if someone here isn't completely at ease with the occassionally scary ideas that atheism entails? Is it REALLY worth starting an argument about?
That sort of behaviour scares people away, it stops people from talking about how they really think and feel and so stops them from analysing those thoughts and feelings and progressing any further with them.
I'm not saying don't argue - I LOVE to argue. But lets argue about things that matter. Whether or not someone is a TRUE atheist (whatever the fuck that means, coz clearly some of us disagree on that) does not matter so long as they are arguing in good faith.