Not Wishy Washy About It!
Claire Read

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Positive Atheism, in the sense of this magazine and website, is not about the negative or positive definition of atheism, it's about what one does with their atheism.

If you were "wishy washy" about it, as you say, that would make you an atheist of the negative variety.

The main reason for even thinking about positive or negative is to discuss whether the "wishy washy" atheist are really atheists, or to exclude them from this definition. The whole discussion is about what the word atheist means.

It is also handy when pointing out to theists that they need to bring their proofs when making claims. If atheism is simply the lack of a god belief, then its the theist who is making the claim. But, then, who wants to discuss religion with a theist, anyway?

I am all for the inclusive definition (let's hang on to the "wishy washy" atheists, too) because we need all the help we can get in trying to keep our hard-earned tax money out of the collection plate and in the public treasury where it belongs.

Cliff Walker
"Positive Atheism" Magazine

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