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AlecBGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:33 PM
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10. yes
"Not that I necessarily care what people choose to call themselves, but some folks are a wee bit clueless about the labels they apply to themselves."

Likewise, some people are clueless about the labels OTHERS apply to themselves. The whole brouhaha over 'What is an atheist?' is a prime example of that. It seems like a lot of the aggravation here in the R/T is that one person says an X is this, another person says X is that, and then we devolve into argumentative bickering and namecalling about whose definition is right or wrong. I think it is always helpful to qualify our statements (especially here). Example: "Assuming you consider THIS to be the definition of X, then I hold this to be true..." It makes discussion more cumbersome but I think ultimately it leads to more positive interactions.

What do you think SS?
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