"I'm a Christian.""I'm a Muslim.""I'm a Jew.""I believe in space monkeys.""I don't believe in ghosts - what does that make me?"
The whole notion of labeling ourselves creates an us versus them scenario. It's great if you want to belong to a club, it's a great way to recruit and be recruited, and it's also a clear way to exclude human beings from your exclusive monopoly on truth, morality and The Way Things Are Done. It's also a virtual pre-requisite for war. We are good, you are Other, and are thus evil.
So it's hard to deal with people who don't feel they need to be defined. After all, how do you define someone by what they are not? Put in another way, by defining yourself as an atheist, don't you give a lot of credibility to the thing you don't believe in. Someone who doesn't believe in ghosts doesn't think ghosts are worth the bother of even discussing their non-belief in. Thus you don't see people who don't believe in gambling describing themselves as Agamblic and disbelievers of ghosts as Aghostics. Nor do people who believe reading is a waste of time (and there are many) - do they define themselves as the Illiterati?
Another issue to consider is that while militant atheism (and by militant I mean Dawkins giving a lecture and posting it on youtube) is necessary in a day of still too ubiquitous religious dogging society, a White House infected with evangelists and Israeli-sympathizers (fueling Muslim fundamentalism incidentally), I'm looking forward to the day when we'll be in a state of Post theism. When we don't need to bother with religion because it's long since been proved to be deleterious to everyone's prospects, and we can get on with the practical and many urgent realities of living right with each other and ourselves and the world of nature.
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