I have met a number of nominal atheists who refuse the label, because they think the word is negative. I think that confuses negation with bad, and this is an irrational response, but I’m not going to worry too much about the labels that other people prefer or not.
It annoys me sometimes though, when people try and do the exact opposite. They identify with the label so much, that they can’t stand the idea of sharing it with those they disagree with… on some completely different issue.
Abortion is one of those hotbutton issues that get people riled. Apparently, so is fiscal conservatism.
Dear Sarah, not everything you (or I, for that matter) dislike or disagree with is based in misogyny, stupidity, or religious fundamentalism, and it’s high time people stop using the m-word as the ultimate trump card to which one cannot possibly dare to reply.