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And thank you :)
There is a time for being flip yes, but the problem to me seems to be that this has become our default response to everything. Yes people may accuse us of being a jerk because we are disrespectful of religion, but how much better if we can respond by saying, "I get why you think I'm a jerk, but I'm not trying to be. I have just quesions," and therefore opening a debate.
So often being flip simply serves to close the debate down and harden the believers against us. And that serves no one.
If you were making an argument that you were convinced was total truth, and someone, who you already didn't much like, belitted you for saying it, would it change your mind? Or would it cause you to fight back even harder.
Further to this everytime we do respond with contempt or with ridicule, we are hurting the way people view us and damaging the perception of Atheists even further.
Does it not make more sense to swallow our contempt, and show some courtesy?
We're more likely to get through to people that way, and we can start to make Atheist a positive word, rather than a negative one.
I agree with you on basically, all your points. we do have the right to disagree, and express that disagreement. And I do not feel that Christians have any authority on the topic of religion. If anything atheists normally know more than they do about it.
You ask if it is a question of tone. And yes, in short it is.
Secondly, your point here sounds very much like the tone argument. You are saying that their points are all valid, but you discount them because of the tone in which they are said. The fact is that the tendency of religious apologists to use unsubstantiated, incorrect and sometimes even self-contradictory BS can cause some atheists to be rather snarky in their responses. Is this wrong of them?
My question isn't if it is wrong or right, but if it aids us.
It is strange how I get the same thrill now listening to something like 'The show must go on' by Queen, that I used to get in church.
Maybe Freddy Mercury and God are one and the same person? :)
Every atheist I've spoken too says pretty much the same thing. But people never really seem to understand it. They think instead that we 'have faith' there is no god, or we don't want there to be a god.
Of course I want there to be a god! That'll be such a massive comfort, so long is it was decent one. I'd love there to be aliens too!
I was just trying to give a counter example.