I've been noticing lately that there is a distinction between two types of atheists. I'm sure there are many types of atheists, but my limited experience with them has led me to single out at least two main types: the "angry atheist", and the "apathetic atheist", or maybe a better word would be "accepting" or "resigned". Celtix says that it's essentially a phase that many new atheists tend to go through because when someone has spent their whole life being force-fed bullshit and they finally discover what a bill-of-goods they've been sold they tend to come out as angry because they feel like they've been duped, and so now they're justifiably pissed at christianity in general. Others who have been on the periphery of religion but never "dunked" in or "had their head held under" tend to be much less focussed on how bad religion is in general and from the start of their affirmation as nontheists are more interested in what critical thought or free thought means to individuals.
Celtix, for example, is closer to the sterotypical "angry atheist", bitterly breathing scathing denigrations at Wal-Mart "sheeple" while absent-mindedly picking out a shampoo/conditioner. I on the other hand, can't get that worked up over religion because even though I share her observations (and agree with them readily!) I am not the "firestarter" she is because I was never forced to believe in religion anyways. I've always thought religion is silly, though it wasn't until meeting Celtix that I truly started to awaken as a deeply thinking entity.
Having said this, I'm curious about others in the group. I know from the last meetup that we had a preponderence of the angry folks (which is why I felt less involved in the group as a whole), but how do the rest of us feel in general?