The problem is that atheism is defined by what it isn't. If there were no theists we would not even have to make note of our atheism.. So the problem becomes one of not having any positive aspects that it collectively stands for. While the claim might be made that atheism is somehow associated with logic and reason, it is not necessarily true. A person could easily be an atheist for an irrational or emotional reason.
Organizing atheists around a pure atheist flag is unlikely to provide sufficient leverage to gain ground in society. This is why groups like humanists and others gain a bit more traction as they have positive ideas (rather than negating) to rally around.
Good will and popularity come from what you do. Not from what you don't do. You don't go to Carnegie Hall for what you don't hear.
Dear spittin' image of Jesus,
Well said. Atheist is a one-word term that allows discarding without further thought. Suddenly, it makes me think of how we used to use the word "Chink" to lump all Chinese, and probably all Asians into one word. We didn't have to think, Chinks were lesser beings...end of story.
Atheists...evil...discard as not worthy of title human being.
Atheist as a bad word? I love it when a self-professed christian gets caught screwing others over and then I hear people say, "they were not behaving in a christian-like manner." They were behaving very much like a christian! They were screwing people over!! When someone tells me they are christian, red flags fly, bells go off, and sirens scream, all in my head.
Me too Diane.
A word can neither be 'good' or 'bad', it's just a word, any negativity springs entirely from the minds of those who hear the word and attach their own negative/evil meaning to it.
Here are some other words that are neither 'good' nor 'bad', christian, jew, dendrochronologist and costermonger.
Amen, motherfucker. There are no bad words.
Ab-so-tively! Nor are there any 100% "good" words. Even "Kitten" can be a bad word when people are too lazy or stupid to have ther pets spayed or neutered and end up with litters they can't find homes for.
[steps down off soapbox for the night]
Lol Mr Peterdactyl!