I say I'm an atheist only because it represents my worldview, nothing more. What would you have me call myself in order to express my position?
Point taken but you express a little incongruence as you said atheism had nothing to do with morality and therefore a world view.
Everyone has a set of rules they live by. It used to be called a philosophy of life. Today itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“worldviewÃ¢â‚¬Â the new buzz word. The best definition I ever read of it was written by Ayn Rand who deemed herself an objectivist. It is a good readÃ¢â‚¬â€some great prose and very pragmatic. Find it on the web at skysite.org. Scroll down to Philosophy, Emotion & Reason and click. Enjoy.
The funny thing is, the only people who hold such negative views about atheist are theists, more so Christians and Muslims. Atheist know that other atheist can be just as moral and have just as good a character as theists, that is why it is upsetting when theist attempt to shift the preponderance of the blame concerning immorality onto atheism, especially when atheism has nothing to do with it.
I must confess I have given up the us vs. them headset you seem to express. Nor am I the "savior" of "my" people as you may tend to be. I believe we are all big boys and can and should fend for ourselves. I believe we are all individuals and are best experienced as such. No matter how difficult I think the best way is to treat people as individuals (that what I have concluded they are). I believe in the primacy of the individual and not so much the group thing.
In terms of a name Philosophik to me and to your other friends whatever you tell them. I dare say that Philosophik is more of a blank slate than atheist and will allow others to more honestly Ã¢â‚¬Å“draw a picture of youÃ¢â‚¬Â as they experience you. Atheist has to much negative baggage as I already pointed out. You entertainment value comments are the same for me. Interesting things to talk about for sure.