Exterminator feels that we atheists don’t need a symbol, or a badge, or some graphic designation of our lack of belief. I agree. So do other bloggers. What is atheism but a negative position that is contrary to popular beliefs? But we live in a shorthand, graphic intensive world. Everything is built for speed, quick communication, and quick consumption. Religion is the only institution still lumbering along on 2000 year old thinking, but one thing it does well, it knows how to symbolize. You don’t need to read St. Augustine, or any other arcane theology, to understand what you’re dealing with when you see this. So I don’t think it’s inappropriate to have a shorthand designation for atheism, even though we don’t really need one.
The problem is that every time someone comes up with one that looks promising, it seems to have its shortcomings. You’ll have seen the various permutations of the “atheist symbol”, so I don’t need to explain. Suffice it to say that the phrases “herding cats” and “agreeing on a common Atheist symbol” seem to be synonymous.
Personally, however, I really like the Exterminator’s suggestion, so I have replaced my Dawkins “A” with his new creation, the “No Blowhards” symbol, or the “No Old Pharts Who Think They’re God” symbol, or perhaps simply the “NO GOD” symbol, depending on your frame of reference. As a symbol, it has just enough of its tongue firmly implanted in its cheek to not be taken too seriously, while at the same time being instantly recognizable for what it is (assuming a passing exposure to the arts, including the works of Michelangelo). So, without even asking for his permission, I’ve taken the liberty to steal it, in a conscious effort to violate one of the Ten Commandments. (I think he’ll be proud.) I placed it over in my left hand widget column, with a link back to his post creating the graphic, (in order to atone for my sin in some small way).
And you thought I stopped drinking.
But I’m on the blogroll, as well as the aforementioned bandwagon.