"Not sure. It has taken on a sub-culture because the dogma of theism demands a refutation/response as strong as those who assert with said dogma. In other words, it's an endless battle that necessitates a group front.
"I have a few friends who work in the reality t.v. business. It's not about making people famous; it's about exploiting people, with little production overhead costs, and then using that money to make the shows that are t.v.'s…"
"Whatever. There's no given connection between his inability to be faithful to his wife vs. his constituents, no more than one's inability to keep a diet is problematic to their ability to maintain a budget.
I'm more upset…"
"It's just a broken argument. You don't reject things that people can't prove are true; you simply don't accept that they are true and ask for proof (at which point, you can decide to accept or reject it; but since theists…"
"Atheists are the bringer of "bad news," but that news is still a closer approximation of the truth than any theistic claims. I don't consider it mean or unpopular to tell the truth or express well-evinced knowns.
"I too have this issue. However, meaning and purpose are not necessarily the same thing. Let's just assume the "worst" case scenario: there's no designer, no after-life, etc. What does this mean? Does this…"
"I don't think it's our job to counsel them. There are therapists and general social workers who would be better for them than whatever non-professional advice we could ever give. I'm willing to listen to anyone, but I…"
"If Creationism were true, we'd have other examples of it. Unfortunately, things just don't "pop" out of thin-air (that's magic). We literally have zero evidence of Creationism. We have evidence for the…"