You know I disagree with the "political poitions must be based on positives" argument.Say what? Cartesian space, subtle dimensions, colours, textures, shades gradients...altitudes?
Here's an analogy:
Consider a philosophical position as terrain (or a Cartesian space). Surely philosophy with its subtle dimensions is as rich as a natural vista?
Terrain is made up of colours, textures, shades, gradients, and altitudes as is philosophy. The opposite of a valley (theism) is not a bottomless pit (a void) but is a hill (atheism). Or vice versa.
Just as a hill contributes to terrain and the aesthetic of the vista so to does a valley.
In such a way atheism contributes to positions but doesn't make any conclusion a fait accompli, as you say.
What are they putting in communion wafers these day?