Hey, everyone that thinks we atheists are being militant — I want to point you to something right now that pretty well exposes your claims for the falsehoods they are. This is how you do “militant”. By threatening with harassment and implied violence those people who dare to sign a petition, who dare make their voices heard.
In response to the pro-testing petition organized at Americans for Medical Progress, a number of self-proclaimed radicalized elements in the animal rights movement have taken it upon themselves to seek personal information on signatories of this petition in order to “contact” and “persuade” them that pictures of cute animals are more important than, say, curing animal diseases (humans are animals too, though both human and other animal diseases are being cured by this research). The people involved are those who have declared elsewhere that destruction of property and human life is acceptable in the fight against scientific research performed with animals, using strawmen built from our less humane past, often referencing events of 20 years ago or more.
I have signed this petition, and thumbed my nose at you fringe anti-science radicals in the process. Go ahead, call me a killer or a vivisectionist or whatever your term is. Despite your protestations, there is no blood on my hands. How much blood is on yours? How much will be, when the next disease hits — either in the human population or in any animal population — and we can’t use humane scientific testing to cure it? Will my blood be on your hands too? How much sympathy will that earn for your cause?
Hat tip to DuWayne Brayton, who would probably use a much ruder gesture than thumbing his nose.