Quick thought on why people discount atheists on the spot.
I mean, I'm sure people like me, who are debating a theist in some random blog somewhere, worry about mentioning this in an argument because, all of a sudden, the other side will think you're starting out with these preconceptions that all religion is false (and then you build all of your opinions from there).
But what about those of us who reached that conclusion rather than started out with it? Atheism was an end, not a means to an end. And still isn't (for me, at least).
I have no idea how to counter this, but after reading a comment on facebook to someone's irreligious status, I began to think.
Do people judge atheists this way because they, themselves, start out with a preconception about their religion and form opinions from there?*
(*disclaimer: probably happens everywhere.)