I was reading the webpage "50 top atheists in the world today" (found here: http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2011/12/01/50-top-atheists-in-th... ).
I came across a name that is unfamiliar to me: Ophelia Benson (born c. 1948).
Reading about her led me to TPM - the philosophers' magazine which, in turn, led me to the webpage:
All due respect - “Reasonable Atheism” by Aikin and Talisse reviewed (found here: http://www.philosophypress.co.uk/?p=1980 )
The first two sentences was all I needed to find what I keep running into with all but one of the philosophers I have met online (the only way I have met philosophers). I have made bold the text that bothers me in the quote below from the webpage:
This book is aimed primarily at religious believers who think that “atheists must be dishonest, irrational, amoral, untrustworthy, mean, deceitful, delusional, and unintelligent.” Although there’s little doubt that millions of believers do view atheists in this way, it’s safe to say that this is a philosophically unsophisticated bunch.
Most philosophers tend to openly insult the people they disagree with. They use language that implies that the philosopher is much smarter than the person who is disagreeing with the philosopher. They seem to have their own separate little world (even in the Atheist Nexus) in which they discuss complicated ideas with anyone who will listen, but if you do not have exposure to their jargon and ask for clarification, they feebly attempt to explain and if you still don't understand what they mean (or, god forbid, you disagree with them), you are ostracized. They seem to have a religiously obtained superiority. That is what bugs me the most.