A friend recently offered this comment on one of his blogs. I thought it was thought-provoking.
Atheism itself, while disdaining conspiracy theorists, is the greatest of all conspiracy theories. According to atheists, billions of people living today have been, often cynically, deceived into believing their lives are directed by a fictional character and that they should spend a certain portion of theirs lives and their wealth worshiping this fictional character. Atheists believe it is a conspiracy so pervasive that only a small minority of the people on earth, generally more intelligent than the rest, have managed to discover it. Atheism, in fact has all the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory. So why are atheists so disdainful of the conspiracy theories of others?