So before we get really excited about the latest Pew Study that finds atheists/agnostics to have a higher understanding of religious knowledge than...well the religious, I took some time to think about one of the famous quotes by Stephen Roberts.
"When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods
you will understand why I dismiss yours."
Do you see the problem why theists don't get us?
If the theists don't know much in regards to other religions, then they will never understand why they reject that particular brand of religion. So if they don't understand why they reject that particular brand of religion, then it only follows that they wont understand why we dismiss theirs, and ultimately fuels the next generation of youtube videos regarding creationists and apologists.
So it hit me. BAM! why are we continuing to argue and waste precious man hours typing away at trolls, why not give people a religion test, and if they can pass it, then perhaps start the discourse. Or instead of being the hated ones in society, we do more public education on religion? I have always hated being on the defensive when it comes to arguments, but I admit, I have developed more of a backbone when it comes to arguing against creationists/science deniers and it has helped to develop better reasons why I don't believe in Thor.
Why not make a more indirect attack and start educating the public on other religions. This is predicated on the idea that perhaps people will understand other religions, and further help their understanding of why religion was set up in the first place, or help people make an honest attempt at critical thinking. Isn't that ultimately what we want- people who can defend their positions while staying away from reductio/ad hoc/specious arguments?