One of my biggest pet peeves is the use of the term “militant atheist.” I have even heard atheists use it to describe Dawkins and Hitchens. I personally have received emails from fellow nonbelievers who say, “Unlike you, I am a lowercase a-theist.”
Has anyone ever gone out and done something vilolent after listening to a Richard Dawkins lecture? Has Christopher Hitchens ever led his followers on suicide missions? Has Sam Harris ever condemned one single person to eternal damnation?
Often theists use words like militant to make us atheists shut up and feel guilty for speaking our mind. They expect us to sit back and be quiet as they spew their religious opinions at us. Atheists, on the other hand, often use words like militant as justification to mask their own timidity. Claiming to be moderate (or a lowercase a-theist), gives them an excuse to remain in the closet.
This video says it wonderfully:
What would Sunday be without comics? Here are some great ones dealing with militant atheists: