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Frankly I think this concern is a false dichotomy. I have run accross a great many dingbats and crazies at secular humanist gatherings. I remember that we had a 911Truthout nutcase briefly on the WASH board of directors. Just because the dictionary definition of atheist includes cases of "amoralists, nihilists, or irrationalists" does not mean that the real world will have a greater proportion of such nuttiness among those who organize under the atheist label.
And frankly, consider the case of Jenny Kalmanson. She has billed herself in a debate with me as a philosophical absurdist. To her the Douglas Adams book So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish captures the intrinsic moral nature of the universe. Someone holding this philosophy might fall in to each of the the categories of "amoralists, nihilists, or irrationalists." However, in practice she is moral in the extreme (and currently serving on the WASH board of directors). She is trustworthy in the extreme and her philosophical stance says nothing at all about her actions in the real world. She just becomes an interesting debating partner if you get the opportunity to debate ethics with her.
My guess is that these clergy will likewise be moral in the extreme. Their empathy for others does not go away because they cease to be religious. It is a preposterous slander to imagine that their ethical thinking will be damaged if they associate more with atheist as a label than humanist.
Don