This thread has traveled from the original post to... well, I'm not sure, a discussion on discussing.
After reading and re-reading the first thread and most all of the others, this has gone off topic and the OP has not responded in quite some time.
...that their atheism is political because its purpose is to give them immunity for what could be universally recognized as bad or immoral behaviour. Atheism is about immoral behaviour NOT about the possibility of theology.
This statement in the opening thread of this dicussion is accusatory and leaves no room for open discussion. This is where the thread begins to diminish. The original topic is a valid discussion but it's obvious there was some emotion attached to the original response.
What we're going to do is close this thread because it's too far gone into side discussions and rather than uniting us in conversation it's providing a place for separation. That's no the intent of philosophical discourse and certainly not the intent of the forum. While nobody is considered wrong in their opinions, it's obvious to see sides and if it goes much further we may as well play tug-of-war. Atheists on one side and Theists on the other.... or is it really, Pro-Life on one side and Pro-Choice on another? - No need to answer but you can see where this is going.
Maybe we could start a new thread for discussion on the thread title. The thread title is:
[CENTER]Is Atheism An Excuse To Embrace Immoral Behaviour?
Well, is it? There was a new thread created to counter balance this one that is discussing:
[CENTER]Is Theism An Excuse To Embrace Judgmental Behavior?
On that same note, we could actually have worded yet another thread stating:
[CENTER]Is Theism An Excuse To Embrace Immoral Behaviour?
The argument could be seen both ways. People are immoral and people use any excuse they can to justify their actions whether it be Theism or Atheism.
This thread started out very judgmental with little room for nothing but flamatory remarks from both sides of the fence. Flaming is not allowed on this forum.
The entire idea behind this forum is to allow ourselves to think, ponder, and discuss ideas and philosophies in a way that we can all benefit from them. If a Theist and an Atheist cannot communicate with each other without being judgmental then we're all wrong.
This thread has run it's course. Let's start over and take a deep breath and think about the things were saying to each other and think about how we are lumping each other into piles divided by whatever we choose to divide each other with. So long as we continue to divide each other, none of us really gain from it.
Thanks for understanding.