I'm a fan of the blog the Friendly Atheist.
I am DEFINITELY not in-your-face about much.
I live in Louisville, KY. While this city is pretty liberal it IS in Kentucky...you know...the state that boasts the Creation Museum and soon the Ark Experience Theme Park. (sighs heavily) So, most fellow Louisvillians acknowledge that Atheists exist but most do beleive that we have horns and are evil incarnate, too. So that being said, I am definitely a "live and let live" kind of Atheist.
I dont intend to be defined by my lack of belief and find it annoying when Christians wish to be defined by THEIR belief. In addition, many times when I have attempted to guide someone's one sided, on-the-offense view point away from being so closed, it turned into a melee against me for not drinking the Koolaid with them.
My husband just recently admitted to himself his Atheism and he fights the urge to be "in your face" about it. I tell him he is no different than a born-again who is all bible thumpin' when he does that. We recently both came to the conclusion, though, that we did not "decide" to be Atheist. We decided to quit denying that we dont believe. Neither of us have been believers for a very long time we just didnt admit that to ourselves...or anyone else for that matter. So with the relief I felt at finally admitting that, I understand his zeal...to a degree.
I tend to borrrow from Bhuddist and Dao philosophies and peacefully continue my path. If you block my path for some reason, I would prefer to bow to your being and step around you so I might continue on.
Happy Holidays to all!
I admit that when religious fundamentalists (of any faith) assume universality of their beliefs, and act accordingly in terms of expecting their sectarian views to be presented in public schools or relied upon as the basis for governmental policy, it gets my goat.
I'm quiet. What was probably the first thing that made me step away from religion & look at it square on was the way different religions treated each other. I remember the Catholic jokes we'd get in our primary class & spent my early years thinking they were an odd group of people.
You said it for me, Gwen.