I was thinking about how so many of the things that athiests/agnostics/skeptics are called seem to have a negative spin in people's minds. For example the label "Brights" instantly makes the people who just couldn't get an A+ average or even an A average feel like tearing things apart with their teeth. Something that doesn't have an arrogant or perjorative ring to it is needed... but what?
And I was also thinking... Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party... hmmm. How about if the athiest/agnostic/skeptical/other people got together and started calling themselves the "Responsible Party?"
After all, even when people don't particularly want to BE the Responsible Party, they want to Find the Responsible Party, they respect those who are Responsible Parties. Responsible Parties have a lot of good qualities. They're no-nonsense, they know what they're doing, they keep their word, they pay their bills, they obey the laws, and they expect the same of everybody else. They may not be the life of the party, but they're people you want to stay around. They're people you want to have for neighbors. They're people that you trust to consider everything carefully before acting. They're educated, trustworthy, and solid. And after all, don't athiests, agnostics, and skeptics take their responsiblity to truth, good citizenship, science, knowledge, and research extremely seriously?
Wouldn't being the "Responsible Party" be a natural for us?
I'm not talking about a POLITICAL party. Just a way to try to take away some of the stigma of all the years when "Godless" and "Communist" meant the terrifying enemy of everything that was good and respectable. This is a word play on the idea of a "Responsible Party" being the guy that steps up to the plate.