No, it's atheism that awakens a person to how they are NOT special. Hence the empty boxes for display.Indeed, just like the average Republican/Democrat that's very vocal can be JUST as annoying a vocal Ron Paulite. The difference is, because the Republican/Democrats are the "norm" and the "majority" most people have enough experience with ones they know to be Republicans/Democrats that they don't judge those Republicans/Democrats based on their most vocal crazies. Paul fans, unfortunately, are not the norm...there aren't a ton of them...most people don't know a bunch of people who are Paul fans that aren't also the very vocal types, and thus the vocal types become the only real measuring stick those people have.
Similarly...most people know Christians and religious folks. They are far and away the norm and the majority. People are familiar with dozens upon dozens or even hundreds of "average, benign, every day religious folks. Most don't have a ton of familiarity with athiests, and their only real reference to them tends to come from the very vocal of the bunch.
Its not saying one groups vocal minority is worse than the other, but comparing how the vocal minority in both groups (paulites and athiests) tend to be viewed, and do their side no favors, by the masses due to the realities of the situations around them.
Its a weird sort of thing. I think people want to be special, while at the same time I think they want to be normal and to "belong" as well. I think religion actually fits more into the latter scope of things. To be frank, I think athiesm by and large far more into the first grouping rather than the second.
Some perhaps. I think by and large people are generally less upset about blatant "lack of belief" an individual may have and more upset with blatant minimizing/belittling of faith other people have. I don't see a lot of people getting upset because someone goes "I Don't believe in god!", I see a fair bit more get upset for someone going "People are foolish to believe in a god!"
Absolutely. Never suggested otherwise.