As the census approaches the atheist/humanists are getting all excited again, it's a little like the time of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. In fact so obsessive do they appear to be becoming that my beloved blogged about it last night on Rosie's Forum. Like many of us she gets tired of being lectured at and patronised by self-righteous zealots such as Dawkins and company.
I know pleanty of atheists and they just get on with their lives and we rub along very nicely thank you very much. Occasionally we might discuss religion and put our arguments over enthusiastically but in a civilised way. What they do not do is obsess about religion, a god in whom they disbelieve or my religious views. They are atheists, and that's it.
What I can't understand, and doubt I ever will, is why certain atheists appear to have turned their atheism into an alternative belief system. It's as though they are desperate for approval, or want to use their disbelief to form some kind of community to comfort themselves within. There are plenty of things I don't believe in, but I don't waste my time thinking about them let alone boring everybody to death banging on about what I don't believe in.
Why waste time and effort proclaiming that you don't believe in something? It's very bizarre.