Militant Atheism: The Thinking Atheist Radio Podcast #27

When a mealtime prayer is disrupted by an atheist who considers it insulting, has he established necessary boundaries of respect, or has he alienated himself from those he seeks to influence?

When an atheist activist greets parishioners with shouts and picket signs on the front lawn of a church, is he effectively making his case against the influence of superstition, or is he branding the entire movement as disruptive and inflammatory?

When a lawsuit is filed over a nativity scene on public property or a prayer at a city hall meeting, is it a beneficial fight to preserve church/state separation, or is it a distraction from more important issues?

These are difficult questions, and no doubt there are many times when a confrontation is appropriate. But is militant atheism a help or a hindrance as we work to rescue our communities and culture from the influence of religion?

Your calls. Your emails

on BlogTalkRadio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2011/07/10/militant-atheism-transformative-or-toxic

also on iTunes

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on July 11, 2011 at 7:42pm

The word 'militant' (adjective) means being combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favouring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods (eg) a militant Atheist. It is not synonymous with having poor social skills.

Atheists who do or say the wrong thing at the wrong time may be socially unskilled but are not necessarily militant Atheists.

The presenter did not define the word properly before starting the discussion. This is not helpful where the word 'militant' is wrongly used and has different meanings to different people. I think he means obnoxious rather than militant Atheists.

 

 

Comment by matt warren on July 11, 2011 at 5:40pm

dude..check your vocal compressor..its dipping badly and is really annoying.

good show

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