The objection to Dawkins and the term 'brights' has nothing to do with any particular ideas or beliefs. Even if I agreed with Dawkins and the brights about everything (and there is already much which we agree on) then I would still second pure_murcury's comment, because Dawkins does come across as a self-satisfied jerk and the term 'brights' is cringe inducing. That is not to say that either has a monopoly on these qualities, and there are people of all stripes who share them. In fact, you seem to be venturing close with your last couple of posts.
A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.
I feel very lucky that two of my closest friends are atheists, because being an atheist in today's society is a rare and looked-down upon thing.
Deism is slightly more tolerable than theism and pantheism more tolerable than deism.
A friend of mine, who also happens to be an atheist, was telling me last night that my support for atheism was no different than someone's support for their God or religion.
Such is not the case, I think.
I firmly believe that all living things eventually die, with no pending afterlife awaiting them, I also firmly believe in *accountability*, and respect for truth.
I am a nature enthusiast, and find myself more often than not marveling at the beauty, and "simplexity" of life and the universe in which we are fortunate enough to live/witness/experience.
It sucks that we are allowed to say such things as, slavery is wrong, belief in Scientology is retarded, and yet to ridicule and "call out" Christianity for all its myriad flaws is just one major NO-NO!!!
Televangelists are honestly some of the most despicable human beings on the planet, and their supporters, are nothing but sad, sad, FOOLS!
Life is hard, the truth can hurt, and horrible shit happens and can and may happen to you or someone you love dearly. Those who can understand and embrace these tragic truths without succumbing themselves to belief in the world's most favorite panacea, an imaginary god, are truly noble and reasonable creatures.
I look at genocide as a horrible act of maniacal and weak human beings and as an extension of the ugliest parts of human nature, *not* as part of one of "God's" great plans, ugh!!!
Must people need some external source of power in order to be decent human beings?!?!??!?!
I need no such God thing to know what's right from what is wrong, to inspire me to be a good human being to myself and to others.
'Cause you can't handle me...
"A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it." - David Stevens
"That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is."