Hey Loren, how about we surreptitously gain acceptance by ostensibly (and yes, in reality, too!!) showing how we regularly follow the path of integrity and 'righteousness,' before the hopelessly misguided have a second to describe us erroneously? In other words (IOW)
What's wrong with usurping the golden rule?
After all, it is the essence of morality; presented in one simple sentence that even a devout ____ (xtian or fill in the blank) could easily grasp.
Ultimately, the atheist challenge is to illuminate the unenlightened (yes that is deliberate irony!) that we atheist DO have decent morals, for real.
Joan, i feel the same way. Thus i vociferously espouse the golden rule. Xtians do not have the copyright on it.
- jillian =)