The loudest perhaps, but certainly not what I (as an atheist) find to be the
truth. I'm not anti-insertreligionhere, my thoughts are that some people
need such myths. Most atheist I know are more inclined to be more tolerant
of religions in general. However... many also get angry that
insertreligionhere is overbearing in its push for belief in some sort of
religion, and many atheist push back. This isn't usually meant to target a
specific religion because they are anti-insertreligionhere but a push back
in retaliation to insertreligionhere's original push... if that made sense.

That could be mildly off topic. If so I apologize.

On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 6:59 AM, Tony Harris <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 6/6/2010 3:46 AM, Sai Emrys wrote:
>> Some few people (on both sides) take "atheist" to mean "anti-theist".
>> AFAICT only very strong theists take it to mean "anti-Yahwehist"; they
>> don't conceive of someone merely lacking belief in their god, thus
>> construe it as a "with us or against us" kind of situation, i.e.
>> equivalent to Satanism*. But IME this is extremely rare. Likewise,
>> strong atheists who are militantly anti-Christian (rather than merely
>> a-Christian) exist but are rare IME.
> Rare maybe, but it does rather seem that those who hold their beliefs
> militantly and agressively, in either theist or atheist camps, are at the
> very least the *loudest*.  In that sense, there are some, perhaps many at
> least in terms of exposure, who seem to treat their atheism as a religion in
> itself.  And, at least in Western societies, because Christianity is the
> more historically pervasive, more generally known and seen part of the
> culture, those who are militant and agressive about their atheism tend to
> manifest it as anti-Christian more than generally anti-theist or even
> anti-monotheist as in
> anti-Jewish/anti-Islamic/anti-Bahai/anti-Zoroastrian/etc.  Hence the general
> feeling among many Christians that atheist = anti-Christian.

It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn
what you say, they're going to write.  ~Sinclair Lewis