Well, good! It’s about time we’re recognized for what we are! We should be distrusted; damned bunch of anarchists, anyway.
Anyone who thinks for themselves, eschews TeeVee pablum, walks to work on their own two feet, questions authority and speaks out in public dissent deserves public obloquy. And recognition.
Good A words, these: a-theist; an-archist; anti-authoritarian; if you’re not against most things in this world today, you’re not aware of what’s going on. If you aren’t pissed off most of the time, you’ve got your head up where the sun never shines.
Trust? Who said anything about trust? Democracy is not based on trust. Democracy is based on openness and verisimilitude. We don’t trust our public servants, we maintain eternal vigilance. I don’t want anyone’s trust. I want respect and forbearance. I want to live my life as I see fit without someone foisting their personal beliefs on me and claiming they don’t trust me because I’m different.
And while we’re at it, let’s not mince words. There are no “hard” or “soft” atheists. Atheism means no god, capitalized or un. Period. It’s not an expression of belief, it’s a statement of fact. There is no god because there is no god, no matter what I or anyone else “believes.” Reality is what hangs around when you stop believing in it. If I suddenly became a Christian, God wouldn’t pop out of a cloud and pat me on the back for being a good boy. The absence of a god does not depend on my belief.
There is no god. I am an atheist.
The state is illegitimate. I am an anarchist.
All authority is based on coercion. I am an antiauthoritarian.