If you haven’t already, you really must go read PZ Myer’s excellent post about why confrontational atheists feel it’s so important to actively speak out against religion. I’m tempted to print it off and give it to all of the grad students who have told me how much they dislike Richard Dawkins and “new” atheism, without them realizing that I’m also one of those rude, trouble making, “new” atheists. Want to know why I’m so vocal? Here you go.
May I suggest an update to Phil Plait’s now popular mantra? How about, “Don’t be a dick, but being a liar is worse.”