I didn’t know there was a giant rift among atheists over Christmas, but apparently there is because CNN is writing about it:
CNN Blog — The Christmas season is revealing a growing rift among American atheists when it comes to the question of how to deal with religion.
Some atheist activists are trying to seize the holidays as a time to build bridges with faith groups, while other active unbelievers increasingly see Christmas as a central front in the war on religious faith. With the dramatic growth of the nonreligious in the last few decades, more atheist leaders are emerging as spokespeople for atheism, but the Christmas rift speaks to growing disagreement over how atheists should treat religion.
Hmm. I find myself in the veritable control room of the League of Mad-scientist Atheist plotters and I’ve seen no discussion between these two factions to speak of on this matter. Maybe I’m being protected or something, dunno.
But on a broader note, there is some value in having a contingent of so-called “militants” in the house. In the sense the so-called moderates can point to them and say to the oppositions’ leaders “I’d like to compromise with you on this, but I have to keep these crazy bastards happy.” See Cliff, Fiscal.