Quote Originally Posted by mamouth View Post
i am thinking about the possibility of conceptualizing belief practices as also as socio-cultural symbolism through which believers speak, share, visualize, articulate something that cannot be communicated directly. that might include even some political aspirations and assertions
But doesn't that mean that by your standards any time an atheist does not defer to religious views, the atheist is being eliminationist?

In short, how, by this view, can an atheist do anything except keep silent or tell what he or she would think of as lies?

By the standard espoused, would not any profession of atheism be deemed destructive to religion?