Even at 60 years old, or perhaps I should say "in spite of 60 years of accumulated wisdom", I still have my moments of naïveté. I'm in the middle right now of working out one of those moments. This began weeks ago, as a result of Affleck vs Maher/Harris media vexations (thanks @Cameron), and a few other TA topics that come up repeatedly.
When I read an angry and/or hateful post, I have some kind of built-in BeSkeptical alarm going off. Not only do I automatically discount what the writer is writing, but I'm thinking of ways to ignore/repel the words spewing onto my face, or disarm the anger. It can take a long time for me to sort out the issues and feel properly objective about my own perspective.
The specific issue I'm trying to work out is about what we can do to reduce or eliminate barbaric religious behavior; ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and other Muslim terrorist orgs. Honestly, if I could instantly wipe them all out and leave the rest to Allah without "collarteral damage" to innocents, I'd be looking for the button right now. (Actually, forget hell, I don't relish the thought of any suffering, even for supposed "evil" people. Humans are Just Human. And since Allah and hell don't even exist, that's just foolishly reinforcing fundamentalist vernacular; emotions and scapegoating. My bad!)
I wanted to blame Bush. Others want to blame Obama. But demonization blinds us to objectivity. Perhaps my ideal of emotionless objectivity and the seeking of rational solutions is itself irrational? Even if I can't ultimately solve the problem (better than other people's simple solutions), I want to understand the human nature of what's happening. Blaming God or Allah is neither a compatible option for Atheism, nor a constructive approach to enlightening fundamentalists. Legends of divine perfection and omnipotence, after all, are manufactured and maintained solely by human beings.
I don't want to argue with "fellow" militant Atheists. What bothers me is when militant Atheists want to blame me and my "ilk" of "politically correct" liberals for suppressing anger. I have yet to hear an angry, workable solution to these world problems we share. Meanwhile I'll try not to let anyone's anger--including my own--keep me from using objectivity to keep searching for rational solutions, even in your angry posts.
(As an aside, I also want to blame big oil for making terrorism fundable. But I'm not calling oil profiteers evil. My angle is to find alternative energy sources and neuter the profiteering Islamic despots, even if they are only "moderate" Muslims. Please don't blame the brainwashed masses, especially when their lives are at stake. I also hope there's enough time for an Islamic Reformation, barring instant atheism as an option.)