| | Roughshod. hee hee.
Yeah, you got me and Danger Man pegged. Catholicism has plenty of good material for denigrating, alright (Denigrate in 2008!) and then there's those incredibly creepy jesus-over-the-headboard-crying-real-ruby-tears. 's. And the weddings! They go on for-eeeee-vvvveerrrrrr. and all the catholic homes when I was a kid, they never had a comfortable place to lounge around and read page 29 of the godfather. all the chairs were hard and upright to discourage impure thoughts and deeds. Thank god my dad was an atheist and never tried to inhibit our consumption of smut while laying prone.
Despite the riches of roughshoddities, still I believe they're not what make an atheist an atheist. I think many people are coming out with a bullet simply because it's kind of the zeitgeist -- there has been a culture-wide coke-can shaking, and the tab top was pulled by Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett last Fall. (oooh, do you think it's a coincidence that it was "Fall"?) It's possible that us recovering catholics are the most vocal and fulminatious about "coming out" because we are trained from birth to be drama queens. Are you kidding? Churchtime is Showtime! Blood, pain, sacrifice, and real ruby tears.