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    I am certainly in a nonbeliever in what organized religion has to offer, and their Gods.  I do not take this as any kind of potshot or slur....

    Uh... yeah. Neither do I. That just doesn't happen to be the content of commonmass's remarks that I objected to. I don't think you understand what I'm saying.


    commonmass made two assertions (or, really, one assertion worded in two different ways) that I am objecting to here:

    I continue to be amazed at how angry people can get at the concept of a God they don't believe in.

    And:

    It constantly amazes me that something which does not exist can push so many buttons.

    As I think you might have noticed, those statements say much, much more than that any of us is merely "a nonbeliever in what organized religion has to offer, and their Gods." They express mock amazement at what we are supposedly "angry" at, and they're factually (indeed fatuously) wrong. That is a slur.


    If the characterization truly does not apply to you, why do you care?

    This question I really don't understand.

    I care because I am a member of a despised minority, and because it lessens me when people make inaccurate and demeaning comments about that minority. I'm neither black nor (I think) shiftless and lazy, but I would "care," in a strongly negative sense, a great deal if I heard someone claim that blacks are shiftless and lazy. If I were black-and-not-shiftless-and-lazy ("if the characterization truly does not apply to you..."), I would probably care even more.

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