My hardcore atheist checklist is below the fold. I award myself forty one points, including extra points for doing things to missionaries and such.
1. Participated in the Blasphemy Challenge.
2. Met at least one of the “Four Horsemen” (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris) in person. Dawkins and I spoke at the same event and since we had a lot of mutual friends we all walked around on the campus for a while together. Not much, but enough to bold this one, I think.
3. Created an atheist blog.
4. Used the Flying Spaghetti Monster in a religious debate with someone.
5. Gotten offended when someone called you an agnostic.
6. Been unable to watch Growing Pains reruns because of Kirk Cameron. Never heard of growing pains.
7. Own more Bibles than most Christians you know. If I count non-family Christians.
8. Have at least one Bible with your personal annotations regarding contradictions, disturbing parts, etc. sort of. My notes are electronic. And I’ve written about it.
9. Have come out as an atheist to your family.
10. Attended a campus or off-campus atheist gathering.
11. Are a member of an organized atheist/Humanist/etc. organization.
12. Had a Humanist wedding ceremony.
13. Donated money to an atheist organization.
14. Have a bookshelf dedicated solely to Richard Dawkins.
15. Lost the friendship of someone you know because of your non-theism.
16. Tried to argue or have a discussion with someone who stopped you on the street to proselytize.
17. Hid your atheist beliefs on a first date because you didn’t want to scare him/her away.
18. Own a stockpile of atheist paraphernalia (bumper stickers, buttons, shirts, etc).
19. Attended a protest that involved religion.
20. Attended an atheist conference.
21. Subscribe to Pat Condell’s YouTube channel.
22. Started an atheist group in your area or school.
23. Successfully “de-converted” someone to atheism.
24. Have already made plans to donate your body to science after you die. (Organ donor precludes this.)
25. Told someone you’re an atheist only because you wanted to see the person’s reaction.
26. Had to think twice before screaming “Oh God!” during sex. Or you said something else in its place.
27. Lost a job because of your atheism.
28. Formed a bond with someone specifically because of your mutual atheism (meeting this person at a local gathering or conference doesn’t count).
29. Have crossed “In God We Trust” off of — or put a pro-church-state-separation stamp on — dollar bills.
30. Refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
31. Said “Gesundheit!” (or nothing at all) after someone sneezed because you didn’t want to say “Bless you!”
32. Have ever chosen not to clasp your hands together out of fear someone might think you’re praying.
33. Have turned on Christian TV because you need something entertaining to watch.
34. Are a 2nd or 3rd (or more) generation atheist.
35. Have “atheism” listed on your Facebook or dating profile — and not a euphemistic variant. except its not really a dating profile. Just a profile. I’m a happily married atheist.
36. Attended an atheist’s funeral (i.e. a non-religious service). See notes above about meeting Dawkins.
37. Subscribe to an freethought magazine (e.g. Free Inquiry, Skeptic) Have published in Skeptic. Two extra points for me.
38. Have been interviewed by a reporter because of your atheism.
39. Written a letter-to-the-editor about an issue related to your non-belief in God.
40. Gave a friend or acquaintance a New Atheist book as a gift.
41. Wear pro-atheist clothing in public. I’m going to have to get one of those “A” shirts.
42. Have invited Mormons/Jehovah’s Witnesses into your house specifically because you wanted to argue with them. Technically no but I’ve done the equivilant while living among missionaries. Or more. In fact, I get two extra points for what I’ve done in that context.
43. Have been physically threatened (or beaten up) because you didn’t believe in God.
44. Receive Google Alerts on “atheism” (or variants).
45. Received fewer Christmas presents than expected because people assumed you didn’t celebrate it. People at work assume I am anti-Christmas because they know I’m a radical atheist. This is, of course, not true. I just find skipping out on the xmas party to be very convenient when there is a snow storm coming.
46. Visited The Creation Museum or saw Ben Stein’s Expelled just so you could keep tabs on the “enemy.”
47. Refuse to tell anyone what your “sign” is… because it doesn’t matter at all.
48. Are on a mailing list for a Christian organization just so you can see what they’re up to… Two more points for me on this one. I’m on several mailing lists both electronic and paper. Both to see what they are up to and to make them spend resources uselessly.
49. Have kept your eyes open while you watched others around you pray. See upcoming blog post on the topic.
50. Avoid even Unitarian churches because they’re too close to religion for you.