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  •  No, actually atheist means without a god. (0+ / 0-)

    However, this is not relevant to the discussion. The discussion is about which title for an organization will be more effective. A political organization that has "without god" as its title implies that "without god" is that organization's agenda. Since that can so easily be misinterpreted as an agenda of removing god from other people, too, the old title of the organization is less politically effective than the new one. "Ascrabble" would be fine if you want to substitute it in my previous post.

    •  It is relevant (0+ / 0-)

      because people call themselves Atheist and you are asserting that just because of this, they should be treated as if they want to wipe out religion.

      The distinction you are making, that you are talking about political organizations, makes no difference.

      If you are going to assert that political organizations should not use the word Atheist in their titles because people will assume that they are trying to wipe out religion, then you may as well make that assumption about individuals who call themselves Atheist.

      It's not true of individuals, so why would it be true of political groups?

      If anything, since most political groups have explicit agendas, so you can clearly see whether or not their aim is to wipe out religion or not, while with individuals such agendas are rarely codified, it's a far more inaccurate assumption of political groups than it is of individuals.

      I get the point you are trying to make. That if a political group uses the word Atheist in its name then it is likely to receive criticism from outside forces. The point is that if we make this assumption about people that they will negatively rate a group simply because it uses the word Atheist, there is no reason to assume that they wouldn't also do the same thing to individuals who call themselves Atheist.

      So if you want to be consistent, if you're going to assert that political groups shouldn't use the word Atheist, then you should feel the same way for individuals.

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