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    Some of the rock stars of the recent "new" atheists have been rather militant and absolutist about their philosophy. So much new (heh!) atheist writing focuses on and attacks the strident Abrahamic faith-based religions. That's fair game, I suppose. But people of more liberal traditions find themselves lumped in with the crazies all the time. So, I guess all I can say is, how does it feel?

    Not good, eh? On the other hand, it's OK to say things like "religion serves no purpose" or "...I believe the entire world would be better off without religion". I wonder how that makes someone feel who has dedicated their life to helping the community! In addition, as well explained in this diary, some organized religion did indeed bring about good. It did "serve a purpose" in spite of what you believe. In fact, it caused the writer to re-evaluate their thinking in regards to religion. I think that's a good thing. You state that you've been an atheist since you were 8. Yet, you are upset by certain atheists being called "Westboro". I don't know if you ever frequent some of the atheist blogs, but comments like that are hurled at the spiritual or religious community constantly.

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