Three Fallacies of Movementarian Atheists
I call "Movementarian Atheists" those who would try to stop everyone else from having a good time, and want to temper everyone into falling into step for an "atheist movement" which does not exist. Like this guy.
Here are their three most-used fallacies:
1. Fallacy of the Middle Ground
The belief that there is a middle ground between believing and not believing (there isn't), and that residing on this middle ground makes a person's position superior to all others positions (it doesn't).
"I'm an agnostic. I believe that no one can really know. You have the burden of proof."
"I don't pretend to know anything."
2. Fallacy of Positive Thinking
The desire to find something good about religion or religious people. While no one denies that religions or religious people can do good things, those things have nothing to do with religion itself.
"Don't insult someone for his or her religion, we have to be nice to everyone." (said after an atheist points out that Christianity is a morally repugnant doctrine)
"Religions do good things, like charity."
3. Fallacy of Pin-The-Meaning
The belief that folk semantics equals ontological truth (it doesn't). The desperate attempt to pin a meaning, any meaning, on a word simply because we already use that word.
"God is not a person, but God is love. We all really believe in God."
"Why are you so close-minded as to reject the idea that God could represent something beyond us?"