The Friendly Atheist has a fun little exercise to find out if you are a “hardcore atheist”. I don’t necessarily find all of the items to be “hardcore”, but, whatever. I like lists and forms so what the hell. I’ve made my own little comments along the way. Bolded items are ones that I have done.
1. Participated in the Blasphemy Challenge.
2. Met at least one of the “Four Horsemen” (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris) in person.
Does PZ count? I’ll give myself a point
3. Created an atheist blog.
You’re reading it
4. Used the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a religious debate with someone.
5. Gotten offended when someone called you an agnostic.
Nah, takes more than that to offend me. A lot more than that.
6. Been unable to watch Growing Pains reruns because of Kirk Cameron.
Not specifically because of Kirk Cameron; just because it was a bad show
7. Own more Bibles than most Christians you know.
I don’t really know how many they have, but since I’ve got a shelf for them, I’ll count it
8. Have at least one Bible with your personal annotations regarding contradictions, disturbing parts, etc.
9. Have come out as an atheist to your family.
10. Attended a campus or off-campus atheist gathering.
11. Are a member of an organized atheist/Humanist/etc. organization.
12. Had a Humanist wedding ceremony.
13. Donated money to an atheist organization.
14. Have a bookshelf dedicated solely to Richard Dawkins.
15. Lost the friendship of someone you know because of your non-theism.
16. Tried to argue or have a discussion with someone who stopped you on the street to proselytize.
17. Had to hide your atheist beliefs on a first date because you didn’t want to scare him/her away.
How does this make you hardcore? If you were hardcore you wouldn’t date a theist period.
18. Own a stockpile of atheist paraphernalia (bumper stickers, buttons, shirts, etc).
No, but I want some *gift hints*
19. Attended a protest that involved religion.
20. Attended an atheist conference.
21. Subscribe to Pat Condell’s YouTube channel.
22. Started an atheist group in your area or school.
23. Successfully “de-converted” someone to atheism.
24. Have already made plans to donate your body to science after you die.
Just to clarify, this hardly has anything to do with atheism. My mother is a dedicated Lutheran and has always been an organ doner.
25. Told someone you’re an atheist only because you wanted to see the person’s reaction.
That’s the most fun part
26. Had to think twice before screaming “Oh God!” during sex. Or you said something else in its place.
I scream lots of things during sex; “Oh God” isn’t one of them
27. Lost a job because of your atheism.
28. Formed a bond with someone specifically because of your mutual atheism (meeting this person at a local gathering or conference doesn’t count).
Online counts, right?
29. Have crossed “In God We Trust” off of — or put a pro-church-state-separation stamp on — dollar bills.
30. Refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
I’ve been doing that since junior high. Started by just not saying the “under god” bit, then finally rejected the whole thing
31. Said “Gesundheit!” (or nothing at all) after someone sneezed because you didn’t want to say “Bless you!”
32. Have ever chosen not to clasp your hands together out of fear someone might think you’re praying.
Weird to have to think about that, but I have
33. Have turned on Christian TV because you need something entertaining to watch.
Always good for some lulz
34. Are a 2nd or 3rd (or more) generation atheist.
35. Have “atheism” listed on your Facebook or dating profile — and not a euphemistic variant.
36. Attended an atheist’s funeral (i.e. a non-religious service).
Never had the opportunity, thank god (pun intended)
37. Subscribe to an freethought magazine (e.g. Free Inquiry, Skeptic)
38. Have been interviewed by a reporter because of your atheism.
39. Written a letter-to-the-editor about an issue related to your non-belief in God.
Do comments on blogs and online newspaper articles count? Sure, why not. I’m egalitarian.
40. Gave a friend or acquaintance a New Atheist book as a gift.
41. Wear pro-atheist clothing in public.
Would if I had some *more gift hints*
42. Have invited Mormons/Jehovah’s Witnesses into your house specifically because you wanted to argue with them.
Never actually done this. They always seem to come by when dinner is trying to be cooked and the kids are running around like screaming banshees. Mostly I just tell them that I’m satisfied with my lord and saviour SATAN!
43. Have been physically threatened (or beaten up) because you didn’t believe in God.
44. Receive Google Alerts on “atheism” (or variants).
45. Received fewer Christmas presents than expected because people assumed you didn’t celebrate it.
Nope. Keep ‘em coming, guys!
46. Visited The Creation Museum or saw Ben Stein’s Expelled just so you could keep tabs on the “enemy.”
I’m slacking. I need to go hit the Holy Land Experience. I hear they crucify jesus hourly.
47. Refuse to tell anyone what your “sign” is… because it doesn’t matter at all.
48. Are on a mailing list for a Christian organization just so you can see what they’re up to…
Gotta love the WorldNutDaily
49. Have kept your eyes open while you watched others around you pray.
Been doing that since I was a kid and officially a christian
50. Avoid even Unitarian churches because they’re too close to religion for you.
Nope. I’m even a member of one, except I think I let my membership lapse ’cause I moved too far away to go to it every sunday. Our minister was a lesbian Zen-Buddhist atheist. Gotta love it!
So, how did I do? 24/50. Let’s see where I fall on the scale:
And just so you know how you fare, here’s a scale to rank yourself (adapted from Darwin’s Dagger’s suggestions):
0-10: Impressive, but not too far from agnosticism.
11-20: You are, literally, a “New Atheist.” But you now have something to strive for! Go for the full 50!
21-30: You are an atheist, but babies aren’t running away from you. Yet.
31-40: You are the 5th Horseman! Congratulations!
41-50: PZ Myers will now be taking lessons from you.
Dammit, no babies running away. Time to buckle down and get to work.