Thank God for Atheists!
If there is one place in society where philosophy and science are still debated with great verve it's in the realm of Atheism blogs. However you feel about God, or the lack thereof, what we do need in this world are better rules for discourse and JT from Atheismresource.com is the originator of the chart that's been making the rounds in the blogosphere that is both funny and extremely well done.
It is, unfortunately, a testimony to the very irrational prejudices and poor manners that still plague us all that most versions of the chart we see on-line have been altered to remove the original attribution because apparently - knowing that an Atheist may have drawn up the rules for having a rational discussion will somehow invalidate the concept.
Perhaps that's true. Perhaps the very people who most need to read and follow these rules are the very same people who won't read past the the title on the top left of the chart and the dreaded word "Atheism." If you are one of those people, please consider: Is it really possible that a concept is invalid just because you don't like the source? I will say that, as soon as I can get our site hosted on IBM's Watson, I will hardwire these rules into the system so we can kick out all those conversations that aren't going anywhere. Well, a guy can dream, can't he?