Hemant Mehta in the latest Atheist Voice video.

This term has been thrown around on this forum by certain individuals,
and Hemant does a very good job of explaining why it's just silly.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 7, 2013 at 6:17pm

Militant Atheism is like sleeping furiously. There is an old Chomsky line that talks about "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously". Maybe militant anti-theist is more correct?

Comment by James Cox on November 7, 2013 at 8:48pm

When I have heard that statement, it is from people when I or another have said 'anything' not sanctioned by some theist. It is very much like 'politically correct' in the hands of some 'liberals', or closet conservatives. It is an accusation that can draw you out to defend yourself... 

Comment by Pope Beanie on November 7, 2013 at 11:22pm

Hitchens used to sound unnecessarily severe to me, until I realized how much I had been underestimating the dangers of severe theism. I've been more interested in trying a less militant, more two-way dialog approach, but I still see that a dynamic mix of atheist styles is probably the more effective. Hopefully one lacking thick skin can still learn something here before being scared away.

Comment by Davis Goodman on November 8, 2013 at 3:03am

Dawkins (and Hitchens was). is an extremist re: his method of advocacy and dissemination of his views. He sits at the extreme fringe of the atheist community. His method of argument or engagement is harsh, direct, argumentative, confrontational, insulting, highly acidic or even corrosive and sometimes bullying. No...he is not violent nor is he psychotic. But he is an extremist atheist. 

Comment by Ed on November 8, 2013 at 9:12am

Our world needs the likes of Dawkins and Hitchens. Atheists have been cowering in their closets way too long. It's time to make the religious world realize that their kool-aid of nonsense will no longer be presented without a challenge.

Comment by Logicallunatic on November 8, 2013 at 12:12pm

Telling the truth is often perceived as militant and insensitive to the highly sensitive religious and their sympathizers. This "atheist militancy" doesn't exist except in the minds of PC accommodationists and wishy-washy cultural relativists. 

Comment by James Cox on November 8, 2013 at 12:19pm

When you tell, 'the truth', we can be, by definition, impinging upon somebodys world view. Telling 'truth' is a radical act. Death, Prison, Marginalization, etc, can be the result for calling another out for fraud!  

Comment by Pope Beanie on November 8, 2013 at 3:31pm

...except in the minds of PC accommodationists and wishy-washy cultural relativists.

Think I hear something like that occasionally on Fox News...

Comment by Unseen on November 8, 2013 at 7:06pm

You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. (With vinegar you get fruit flies.)

Anyway, I feel living by example is a way that may inspire others by having them let down their guard, whereas confrontation generally has them raising their defenses and closing their ears.

Comment by kOrsan on November 8, 2013 at 7:08pm

You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. (With vinegar you get fruit flies.)

You can catch even more flies with manure.

- Sheldon Cooper

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