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The reader, whose identity I will protect here, described her dilemma as follows:
I have been reading your blog for a while now either through the site or my RSS feed, and I love it! I think yours is actually my favorite blog. So I have a question for you and/or your readers. Its about my facebook profile, specifically the line called "religious views." Now you or a lot of your readers may not think that facebook is that important, but as a college student now it actually is - for fun and for practical purposes such as networking. It is also the primary way to define yourself for people who know you, which is why I want my "religious views" line to be accurate. For the last few years my profile has read "atheist," but I haven't ever liked it because atheism isn't a religious view, it is the opposite. "None" would be more accurate but at the same time it is kind of vague since spiritual people, agnostics, ignostics etc. could all describe their religious views as none. Recently I have considered putting down Pastafarianism, but again that doesn't really define me as an atheist. So "atheist" is most accurate, but at the same time I feel like I am reinforcing the idea that atheism is a religion, and that is something I don't want to do, especially since a large percentage of my friends (most of whom are on facebook) are Christians that are already ignorant about atheism.She's certainly right about many Christians being ignorant about atheism. Sadly, we could say the same for some humanists! Anyway, do you have any advice?