The new atheists are attempting to make themselves more publicly known, but the tactics being used are creating conflict and confusion among their own ranks.
Determining what flavor of atheist you are going to be packaged as is part of the deal if you claim to be an atheist today. The image of atheism is being framed on billboards and other forms of media and the results will push people into the "anti-theists” or “confrontationalists” or the “accommodationists" camps.
The new atheists have got some belief bullies who are picking a whole bunch of fights for you, so you atheists better brush up on your apologetics because your fellow God haters are setting fires that will consume up what's left of the pluralistic neutral ground once envisioned by our American forefathers.
Some great dialogue and debate is happening in the godless zone and well worth reading if you are feeling like Poland with Germany breathing down your neck. You hear the boots of the Nothinglanders foot soldiers coming to enlist you in their fight even though you had once thought atheism was glorious Switzerland. Not so, there is ideological blood to be spilled, the atheism of closeted yesteryear is gone, it's the age of bombastic bellowing and you've been drafted.
So Stalin loving, Nietzsche quoting, Voltaire memorizing, red book carrying, Hawkities, dig in and pick your titles and claim your sides because war is upon you!
Here are some manifestos for the comrades:
Chris Stedman: The Problem With 'Atheist Activism', "Effective criticism of religious dogmatism accounts for the diverse spectrum of religious expression. It is balanced, it is rooted in compassion, and it responds to what people actually believe and practice, not just the most extreme forms of religious thought."
"Focusing one's activism on criticizing a caricature of religion does nothing to improve atheism's image; in fact, it actively hampers attempts to improve the conditions of life for nonreligious people," Atheist" and "anti-religious" are not synonyms."
David Silverman 'American Atheists', “The election of our leaders in the United States is one of the most important decisions that we as citizens make. Allowing our judgment to be clouded by sheer silliness is unacceptable. We want to show the people of our country the foolishness of mixing religion with politics.”
"If a person believes stupid things, then we have every right to question his or her judgment, and that directly impacts how the non-religious voter votes," Silverman.
As for the holy underwear wearing, man in a fish believing, Crusades connected, terrorist spawning, pedophile protecting, holy finger wagging, Homo-rooter-outers...well, you aren't the only obnoxious, over-generalizing people group haters on the block anymore.
Welcome to 'Muricka,' where everyone is holier-than-thou and the name of the game is wide-scale mockery of anything and everyone, sacred or secular.
Long live the Spaghetti Monster!
(Images courtesy www.atheist.org).