Am I a Hardcore Atheist?

Taken from The Friendly Atheist.

1. Participated in the Blasphemy Challenge.
2. Met at least one of the “Four Horsemen” (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris) in person.
3. Created an atheist blog.
– Technically it’s a skeptical blog, but I tend not to hide my atheism in my posts about religion.
4. Used the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a religious debate with someone.
5. Gotten offended when someone called you an agnostic.
6. Been unable to watch Growing Pains reruns because of Kirk Cameron.
7. Own more Bibles than most Christians you know.
8. Have at least one Bible with your personal annotations regarding contradictions, disturbing parts, etc.
– I used to but I lost it somehow, now I just have my King James.
9. Have come out as an atheist to your family.
10. Attended a campus or off-campus atheist gathering.
11. Are a member of an organized atheist/Humanist/etc. organization.
12. Had a Humanist wedding ceremony.
– We are not married yet, but we plan on having a secular ceremony.
13. Donated money to an atheist organization.
14. Have a bookshelf dedicated solely to Richard Dawkins.
– I have 2 of his books, does that count?
15. Lost the friendship of someone you know because of your non-theism.
16. Tried to argue or have a discussion with someone who stopped you on the street to proselytize.
– Admittedly, I tend to just walk by 99.999% of the time. But there was that one time I said something like “Does God think it’s appropriate that you’re harassing strangers?”
17. Hid your atheist beliefs on a first date because you didn’t want to scare him/her away.

18. Own a stockpile of atheist paraphernalia (bumper stickers, buttons, shirts, etc).
19. Attended a protest that involved religion.
20. Attended an atheist conference.
21. Subscribe to Pat Condell’s YouTube channel.
22. Started an atheist group in your area or school.
– Not yet. But if I’m still living in Atlantic Canada when I graduate, I plan to start an Atlantic SKeptic Society (ASKS).
23. Successfully “de-converted” someone to atheism.
24. Have already made plans to donate your body to science after you die.
25. Told someone you’re an atheist only because you wanted to see the person’s reaction.
26. Had to think twice before screaming “Oh God!” during sex. Or you said something else in its place.
27. Lost a job because of your atheism.
28. Formed a bond with someone specifically because of your mutual atheism (meeting this person at a local gathering or conference doesn’t count).
29. Have crossed “In God We Trust” off of — or put a pro-church-state-separation stamp on — dollar bills.
– I live in Canada, so we don’t have that on our money.
30. Refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
– Again Canada. Although did refuse to sing God Save the Queen after the national anthem – but that was a combination of resentment for the ridiculousness of the Queen’s continued involvement in our country and the “God” thing.
31. Said “Gesundheit!” (or nothing at all) after someone sneezed because you didn’t want to say “Bless you!”
32. Have ever chosen not to clasp your hands together out of fear someone might think you’re praying.
33. Have turned on Christian TV because you need something entertaining to watch.
34. Are a 2nd or 3rd (or more) generation atheist.
– My dad, years after my fights with mom started over my atheist, dad claimed he was an atheist. I’m not sure I believe him.
35. Have “atheism” listed on your Facebook or dating profile — and not a euphemistic variant.
– I have a quote by Gerry Spence “I’d rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” which I feel better illustrates my position than the ambiguous (to some) word “atheist”.
36. Attended an atheist’s funeral (i.e. a non-religious service).
– Nope. I even had to read religious verses at my grandfather’s funeral a few years ago.
37. Subscribe to an freethought magazine (e.g. Free Inquiry, Skeptic)
– We don’t subscribe, but we buy Skeptic and Skeptic Inquirer regularly. So I’m giving myself this one on a technicality.
38. Have been interviewed by a reporter because of your atheism.
39. Written a letter-to-the-editor about an issue related to your non-belief in God.
40. Gave a friend or acquaintance a New Atheist book as a gift.
41. Wear pro-atheist clothing in public.
– There’s pro-atheist clothing? Anyway, although I’m generally open about my atheism, I see no need to advertise and possibly get killed.
42. Have invited Mormons/Jehovah’s Witnesses into your house specifically because you wanted to argue with them.
43. Have been physically threatened (or beaten up) because you didn’t believe in God.
– Luckily, no, because I don’t go advertising to strangers.
44. Receive Google Alerts on “atheism” (or variants).
– I use bookmarks and check manually so I’m giving myself this one as well.
45. Received fewer Christmas presents than expected because people assumed you didn’t celebrate it.
– We specifically tell people not to get us anything, does that count?
46. Visited The Creation Museum or saw Ben Stein’s Expelled just so you could keep tabs on the “enemy.”
– We plan to watch it this week. And I will live blog it. [shudder] It’s going to be horrible.
47. Refuse to tell anyone what your “sign” is… because it doesn’t matter at all.
– Actually, I usually tell them “Well the newspaper thinks I’m a Leo but I’m actually a Virgo.” And then when they ask why, I explain about how everything moved in the last 2000 years.
48. Are on a mailing list for a Christian organization just so you can see what they’re up to…
49. Have kept your eyes open while you watched others around you pray.
50. Avoid even Unitarian churches because they’re too close to religion for you.

Score: 21

Meh, not bad. Although there were some technicalities and Americo-centric things on there.

Oh yeah and I almost forgot to add one more:
51. Had a year-long online debate against creationism/ID with a Calvanist.

UPDATE: See Steve’s take.


2 responses to “Am I a Hardcore Atheist?

  1. You got me by 3 – I count about 18. ;)

  2. sooooooooooo, I take it that you don’t believe in God.