I’ve never been comfortable with the word. It’s derogatory, negative by definition, and is used to imply that those without belief are somehow deficient or malformed. I will no longer tolerate the label.
I’m not an aspiritualist.
I’m not an aoccultist.
I’m not a avoodooist.
And I’m also not an athiest.
I’m a naturalist. One who accepts natural explanations supported only by science, and rejects supernatural explanations supported only by human desire.
Question for theists and other supernaturalists: Will you respect my wish not be slurred by the term ‘atheist’?
Question for non-supernaturalists: Are you comfortable with being labeled as ‘atheist’, which in this context essentially equates to ‘abnormal’ or ‘deviant’?