I believe there are two primary groups of atheists.
The first being the group who lives in harmony with religion; believing that all religions can tolerate one another and exist together. I also believe the 'closet-atheists' fit into this group.
Next is the group I fit into; the group who believe that religion is incompatible with human life and causes more problems than it solves. I personally believe that religions put up a wall for the advancment of human-kind. Even religious moderates are an issue because they give cover to the extremists.
Everything that exists in this world has extremists. There are extreme drinkers, extreme dancers, extreme gamers, etc. Nothing can exist without some people taking it too far. Most of the extremists are harmless or only harm themselves. Religious extremists are a danger to society. We this in the bigotry and tyranny of christians, the insanity of islam, the sense of entitlement of the jews; look at Gaza now.
We live in a increasingly fundamental christian country. We are the most religious of all 1st world countries. In a survey over 50% of the people polled said they had help from an angel. This is INSANE. Its Santa Claus sydrome. One would think people would grow out of a belief for the easter bunny, tooth fairy, santa, boogeyman, etc when they become an adult. Why doesn't this stand for god too.
Any positive thing that happens religious people chalk it up to god's intervention instead of chance or human intervention. Doctors get it the worst. Imagine you were a surgeon who just saved a politians who has been shot's life. After his recovery he thanks god for guiding the bullet to miss his heart, or helping him pull through instead of your hard work and expertise. Its absolutely infuriating.
Atheists far outnumber some religious groups in this country yet they have more say than us in politics. Why can't there be a secular lobby group who lobbies for things that are productive to society. We need to stand up and let our voices be heard instead of cowering in the corner. If positive change is going to take place in this country it will be by a group of seculars, not by a religious group.
WHO'S WITH ME?