Warning: May contain tedious lists of the ways in which my children are cute, geekiness, reflections on mental illness, stream of consciousness ramblings, and existential angst.
Have you ever met an atheist who says that they are "anti-God" or are you just making assumptions? I've never seen the former, but I have seen atheists that are anti-belief-in-god and anti-certain-god-ideas. Belief in gods exists. Ideas about gods exist. There's nothing contradictory about not believing in gods, but finding belief in them to be bad and/or finding particular god-concepts to be problematic.
Anon-The reference was to this article:http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-11-28-compass-controversy_N.htm(Sorry for the long link, I'm bad at html)Excerpt: "But Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists, worries over rumors that the film has been 'watered down' and is not anti-God, anti-Churchenough."Granted it could be merely a poor paraphrase on the part of the reporter, which would be a shame because when you're debating things like this imprecision in speech only hinders discussion.
Pullman has said he's atheist but has also said he wants to kill God, if I recall correct. There's either an imprecision on the part of the original speaker or else a direct contradiction.
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