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 Kairan Nierde on November 8, 2013 at 11:56pm

I wonder if types like Hitchens and Dawkins enjoy arguing as much as they care for what they're arguing. 

Comment by kris feenstra on November 9, 2013 at 1:10am

The general indication, given how much time and effort they have invested into the sorts of topics on which they typically debate[d], should be that they cared for what they were arguing more than they enjoyed arguing.

Comment by kOrsan on November 9, 2013 at 5:46am

Even if they enjoyed arguing, what's wrong with that. Hitch was so good at demolishing asses, I'd still watch him if he was just arguing for his favorite ice cream flavor.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on November 9, 2013 at 5:57am

My Atheism, i.e. my lack of belief is not militant. I am militant against the fundies and those that want to spread their faith into politics and schools. Here is Hitchens on why he was the way he was. Someone tell me where you think he is wrong...if you do.

Comment by Ed on November 9, 2013 at 6:16am

@ASJ

It is incumbent on any vocal atheist to do their homework PRIOR to engaging the enemy. One needs to be fairly secure/confident in their atheistic foundation; this means having the ability to relate to others a cohesive line of reasoning, and it helps to retain your composure when the other side becomes defensive and personal.   

Comment by Davis Goodman on November 9, 2013 at 11:11am

Someone who's grown up their whole lives believing something super natural is self evident ... is unlikely to listen to the TRUTH when it's poking badgering acidic vicious insults while laughs are heard in the background. These books are heroic, a great way to vent frustration, to strengthen ones views on Atheism and to convert a couple people...but there are far better books for the theist soul who thinks Christianity is as real as tables and feathers. It's not the message...it's the approach. And I consider Hitchens and Dawkins as helarious cool intelligent guys...but extreme.

Comment by Logicallunatic on November 9, 2013 at 4:11pm

@Pope 

Maybe Fox gets it right once in a blue moon.

Comment by Warren on November 9, 2013 at 8:21pm

Even broken clocks get it right more often than that.

Comment by M on November 10, 2013 at 2:28pm

as a former religious guy i used to get angry by the outspoken atheists and their arguments and their questions .. but thanks to their arguments and debates i'm now what i am.
i can't call that extremism.

Comment by Mo Trauen on November 10, 2013 at 7:18pm

I agree with Hemant in the video:  "atheist extremist" is a nonsensical term.

Usually, what people really mean when they day "atheist extremist" is "anti-theist."

Frankly, I don't see how anyone could NOT be an anti-theist.  So, I guess you know where I stand on the original issue.

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