As a hypothetical experiment, assume you are an alien conversant in human languages and you observe -
* A bunch of pentacostals.
* Skepticcat's favourite Zeitgeist loon, astro-theologist Jordan Maxwell
holding a seminar.
* Loyal Korean Workers' Party members that believe Kim Jong-Il shot an impressive 38 under par
(with 11 holes-in-one) in his first and only game of golf.
* Any gathering of ufo freaks, homeopaths or chrystal healers.
* Any gathering of 9/11 truthers and government internment camp loons.
As an alien, you are blissfully unaware of the religions, political leaders, cultural memes or fads of the time. Aside from the idiosyncrasies of ritual, would these people be otherwise distinguishable from one another ? I think not. If they are, how so ? And if they are not, it renders the perennial argument about Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot et al being atheists to vindicate theism moot.
I think it is mulling over this for too long that begins to explain my unease with the term "atheism", because it is a label that can include any of the above (except pentacostals). I don't like it. Hence my preference for "Cynic" - rejection of god(s) is just the first step on the long path of rejecting stupidity altogether.
Your thoughts ?