Which Atheists lack an ability for critical self-reflection?

This article, "Atheists Gather in Burbank: A Humanist’s Response" By Anthony B. Pinn contains the following words:

"extremists (whether theists or non-theists) with their inability for critical self-reflection and critique."

I like to believe that Atheists generally are a saner, more honest group than religious types but simple non-belief is no guarantee. There must be examples out there of Atheist nut-cases. But who are they?

An individual may be completely out of touch with reality and have as one aspect of their delusion that there is no god. But where are they? I know belief in a god is not promoted by Scientology. Among Atheists a certain tension exists between various Marxisms and Objectivists. But I do not see any wacko, intolerant Anti-theists running around America oppressing god-fearing people.

So basically this article is an attempt by Anthony B. Pinn to curry favour among his theist friends by complaining about something that isn't happening.

Or perhaps I've missed something.

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Tags: extremists, fundamentalist, pinn

Comment by Doug Reardon on October 27, 2009 at 12:01pm
In any sufficiently large sample, there will exist all of the variation found in the general population. So, yes there are, but you just haven't heard about them.
Comment by Pitabred on October 27, 2009 at 3:59pm
I agree... isn't most people's arrival to atheism predicated upon self-reflection and critique, and realizing that holding beliefs just because an old book written by crazy people told you to isn't a good basis for living your life?
Comment by Galen on October 27, 2009 at 7:01pm
I do not see any wacko, intolerant Anti-theists running around America oppressing god-fearing people.

Gimme time, I'm workin' on it :-D
Comment by a7 on October 27, 2009 at 8:12pm
just remember that someone's normal is anothers abnormal.


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