What is it with the media and atheism? I've noticed that journalists seem to be almost incapable of actually addressing the 'meat' of atheist arguments, instead choosing to reply to it in the most superficial way imaginable. I recently set up a Google Alerts RSS feed for the word 'atheism', and have since been absolutely inundated with articles bearing titles like 'Why Are the New Atheist So Boring?' and (my personal favourite) 'Are the New Atheists Just As Bad As Fundamentalist Christians?' (In case you need it pointed out, the answer to those questions is always immediately given as 'yes' and 'yes', respectively.)
Is that all these people have to say about atheism? That's it's boring? (In which case why spend so much time harping on about it?) That atheists are somehow 'as bad' as Christian fundamentalists? (And always because we're apparently loud - heaven forbid we should actually get our message heard by anyone.)
People who reply like this are simply masking their true message: that atheists should shut up and go back to hiding from the modern Tabloid Inquisition. Whatever they may say about us, their own social message is certainly irrelevant, and will remain so until they work up the courage to actually reply to the challenges we're posing.