Propogation of religions has left bad memories of brutal violence in the minds of people. So, do we allow a natural and very slow way of spreading atheism, or, should we devise better ways of propogating atheism? If we believe that atheism is beneficial to future generations of humans, it woulld be inapproriate not to work for the spread of atheism. At the same time, we should not do anything that will allow future generations to hate us. How do we strike a balance? Do we believe that efforts should be made to spread atheism?
I think there does need to be a balance. Just think of all the evengelistic (fundies in general) types running around out there spouting damnation, creationism/ID, pushing their religion into every aspect they can. While I don't want to be like those guys (who tend to piss me off), I think we need to fight back in the political battles regarding sparation of religion and state and for equal liberties in society. We also need to try to spread the truth and shed the many misconceptions and stereotypes that many people have developed. Basically it's a fight fire with fire, but have that bucket of water and fire extinguishers handy. It's better to multiple plans than only one.
I think the 1st step is to demonstrate to nervous religious people what are atheists are not. Many people fear atheists because of misconceptions. For example, lots of people fear that atheists have no morality.
I think a book missing from the shelves is one which addresses religious peoples fear of atheism without the pointed attack on them, ie, using terms like 'delusion' and 'poison'. I think these books were timely (and correct), but they don't help to develop a good starting point of communication.
But this is a soft approach.
I don't care if atheists are hated, to be honest. Ultimately, we will have to make our point whether or not it is wanted or even invited.
Don't let religious people turn you into what you don't want to be. If THEY want to be aggressively opposed to your atheism, don't respond in kind to their theism. Use reason and logic. But reason and logic must satisfy YOU first. If you're not sure of where you stand, then you won't convince anyone else either.
I find from a couple of other posts that some atheists do want atheism to be propgated. This is natural and anybody who wishes to do so individually, has to prepare himself first. We may also find ways to do it collectively.