We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Middlebrow has a good piece on the subject. I too have noticed how unsophisticated the thinking is about religion for those who haven't been adequately exposed/educated. I never see the sneering in my personal life, but maybe folks are being polite. I hate to be presumed stupid: at least give me a chance to prove it. A quote:
Lately, secularists have taken to sneering rather than arguing. They simply assume all thoughtful people agree . . . and move on.
When is a “silly” belief disqualifying? Very great men have believed very odd things . . . I would love to be tutored by Socrates (!) whatever his views on government.
But the new secularism has no time for nuance or self-doubt. If a man is religious, then secularists know him to be a fool, an idiot, or a cad. If a secular writer is bright enough, then he might get away with calling a believer all three!
To such folk there are good religious, folk like Cornel West, whose religious views are secularism with God-talk added.
Secularists who are fools, idiots, or cads (the dear leader of North Korea, the Hollywood secularist of the moment, and Stalin in no particular order) are merely misguided . . . or not true secularists to the modern writer of such rot.
Christianity may have helped invent modern science, the University, and produced much of the world’s great cultural treasures, but living Christianity is only to be despised, though to be fair any other religious group is hated just as heartily by these thoughtless secularists.
I am glad to see a distinction between atheists and secularists. The latter having a defined political agenda of sorts.
Considering myself an atheist shouldn't give me any reason to care what beliefs others have, after all mine is a belief as well.
Please consider that some atheists are quite in favor of religion that supports culture, nation, and humanity. It's just not my bag, man.
And besides, my chosen label gives me a leg up in arguments with those who assume things about atheists. It leads to great questions like "Just what part of killing a baby in the womb are you okay with?"