…a self-described atheist...Can you imagine what would happen if some of these qualifiers were applied to Christians?
...identifies himself as an atheist
…who says he's an atheist
…who claims to be an atheist
Ms. Roberts, who claims she's a Christian, said that the city needs to invest more money in repairing potholes near Main St.There would considerable outrage, and for good reason. But that isn't going to happen because we do not see these qualifiers applied to Christians. We're generally content to take someone at their word that they are a Christian. We let them decide how to identify and label themselves.
Like most people, I've grown so accustomed to some of these qualifiers applied to atheists that I don't always notice them. But Staks is right. When we do notice them, we should point them out in order to expose the bigotry and Christian privilege they reflect.
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