You too, Spill has made film reviews fun and your podcasts are funny as hell. You guys not only broke Leon but me as well. I could not stop laughing when you got into Top Gun then into Bottom Gun. Keep doing what you're doing and have a blast at Comic Con.
In case you missed it, this is my response to your comment on Leog Vol. 8 Issue 15. If you want to respond, do so on my page. Thanks.
@Cyrus: I agree with a great many things you said in your response but I think you are misrepresenting Atheism and stereotyping Atheists (I think that's part of the reason you don't want to be labeled as an Atheist). Atheism is a position on a single issue; do you believe that a God/Gods exists? Atheism is not a philosophy or a world view, it is the byproduct of a philosophy/world view. There are Atheists that do believe in guiding alien races. Many more consider themselves Skeptics. In Skepticism, the time to believe in something is when we have evidence for that thing (most of us do this for 99% of everything in life). This is the best way we have to find the truth.
Why you are an Atheist:
Atheism, in general, is the lack of belief in God. Allow me to explain, a claim is being made:
A God/Gods exists.
You either believe that claim or you don't believe that claim. Here are four typical responses to this question(of course, there are more):
Yes, I believe that.
I don't know.
No, I don't believe that.
No, God/Gods do not exist.
By saying I don't know, you are still rejecting the claim being made. Here is an alternate example: imagine a court room scenario where the claim is "Person G is guilty". If the jury said "I don't know", then the court would rule Person G not guilty. Here are the same responses with their associated positions:
Yes, I believe that. (Theism)
I don't know. (Atheism)
No, I don't believe that. (Atheism)
No, God/Gods do not exist. (Strong Atheism/ Anti theism)
Degrees of certainty:
As Penn Jillete said, Agnosticism answers a question of knowledge not belief. By saying your an Atheist, you don't automatically claim absolute certainty that there is no God/Gods. In fact, Atheism, in general, makes no claims. Atheism, at least for skeptics, is a tentative position waiting for evidence. Also, I disagree with your statement that Atheists don't find supernatural claims worthy of study and attention. Skeptics actively want to find out if these supernatural claims are true but continue to find no evidence.
Bitter, angry Atheists:
I understand why some Athiests are like this. They are often engulfed in extremely religious cultures that consistently push their beliefs on others and belittle those who don't believe. That said, being defensive, angry and full of contempt is not a requirement for Atheism. Neither does one have to actively condemn other people's beliefs. You can believe what you wish to believe but if you want me to share that belief, you have to have good reasons.
Remember that comment a bit back about Spill and TGWTG.com doing battle? Seems like they couldn't wait and started on themselves. Extremely long story short, long-time reviewer the Spoony One made a very poor taste joke to another reviewer JesuOtaku (telling her if she ever broke up with her bf, he would gadly handcuff her to his basement and love her, his way).
Whether you could call it a BDSM or a rape joke, it was done on Twitter and immediately got flack. dpoony apologized, JO accepted..and the. TGWTG.com suspended Spoony for 4 months. After that, another pair of reviewers went after Spoony in an ugly twitter war in which ended with an hour long video telling him to kill himself. After that, Spoony was fired.
And FYI, Spoony has Bipolar II and severe heart issues...which explains his stupid post that he himself apologized for.