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The problem with the term "atheist" is its connotations with Marxism and communism, and all the brutal acts that happened under those regimes. It is Reagan's "godless monster". So it is more of a marketing issue in my opinion, and it is important, if we are at all interested in gaining ground on religionists, to use a term that does not have these negative connotations.

Having said that, even the rather less provocative term, "secularist" is now a dirty word, at least in some areas of religious life in the UK. Semantics do matter, even though they shouldn't.

Tue, 08 May 2012 07:03:04 UTC | #940496