Maybe its just me but I am worried about what seems to be a distinction between being an atheist and a "new atheist" with the new atheists being those amongst us who are more aggressive and anti-theistic. Is the increasing popularity in atheism creating sub-groups? Maybe I'm wrong but if I am right is this dangerous? I would think yes because one of our main issues with religion is how much it divides people. Are we risking this with adding new labels? Are we headed down the same dangerous road? I hope not.
[...] If Dawkins once denounced islamophobic attacks on individuals,[...]
I agree that as a humanist claiming to speak for all atheists, it would be a 'humanist' thing to do to denounce gratuitous violence against individual Muslims. That would be a wise political speech. But he is by no means as bad as Pat C. There are days when I think our 'figure heads' should distance themselves from PC. He uses blatantly Islamophobic propaganda produced by pro-Israel fanatics. His videos have become extremist and reek of misinformation, he does not educate, he goes for sensationalist emotional fear mongering. However, I would no way back down on freedom of speech, and freedom from oppressive religious apparel, and sharia proponents, and prayer in public places. Those must all be fought without an ounce of embarrassment.