My response to someone who think atheists are less atheists because they don’t come out themselves, they use alternate social networking profiles instead of their real names, or they don’t enthusiastically announce their non-belief in public as would fervent relidiots do it:
I’m sure there are a lot of good reasons why some atheists don’t act the same way some of us think how to. Is there a universal Code of Conduct for atheists?
Perhaps, some atheists are just protecting their jobs and family. I can’t say that they are in denial for I have no empirical data to cast such a judgement. Maybe they know who they are, and what they are and they have their own reasons for their anonymity. Not all atheists have the liberty of having to come out in this country for fear of losing their jobs, endanger their well being, their family or their status in the community (i.e. an atheist politician, an atheist doctor etc.).
Let us admit that the Philippine mindset, in general, is not yet ready for atheism. Maybe not all atheists want to brag their non-belief and just be content to keep their atheism to themselves and feel no need to come out. Maybe they feel that atheism is not a religion, and it needs no attendance. Maybe they know that atheism doesn’t have a universal dogma nor a creed, and therefore no universal lifestyle or attitude. Maybe they know that atheists have different philosophical subscriptions. Maybe they know they aren’t a lost sheep that needs a herder and that they don’t need an ID to be called as such a real one.
Now, who are we to judge them? Who are we to say who is the greater or the lesser atheists?
First, I am a proud secular humanist and being an atheist is just but a by product of being one. I don’t put a lot of words on atheism. It is just a lack of belief or non-belief on a deity or deities; a philosophical standpoint on a particular matter of debate. Atheism is neither a philosophy nor a religion. There is nothing to proselytize and preach about.
Second, I am a militant atheist but in a sense of fighting for atheists’ equal rights in society and not to preach or seek converts or followers. Whenever I could, I give the believers the chance to think for themselves. I give the the believers something that religion deprived of them: to reason for themselves for their own self-actualization. I fight for atheists’ rights but I don’t preach atheism in the same manner I fight for LGBT rights, but not to preach on how to become a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. If I have something to preach, that is Secular Humanism – the philosophy behind my actions and thoughts.
Can somebody judge my atheism?
I hope you have a good criteria for doing so.^^
“Taxonomically, my family is Freethinker (including atheists, skeptics, agnostics); my genus is Humanist (including the religion-based), and my species is Secular.”
– John Rafferty