A best of Craigslist posting asks why Christians attack atheists “while strangely choosing to ignore all other brands of non-Christians.”
The writer speculates:
These people aren’t attacking all non-Christians because they can at least personally identify with somebody else’s belief; regardless of whether or not they agree with it. They are allies in the same sense that members of two opposing armies can feel a comradery with one other.
There are a lot of statistics and general statements about atheists that we’ve heard before but it’s worth a read.
And just to be safe:
I can’t say that some atheists aren’t guilty of the same indiscretion, but it’s a generalization to categorize all atheists this way just as it’s a generalization to categorize all Christians as rabid fundamentalists. I’ve been careful to avoid doing so here, despite the disrespect shown us by some members of the Christian community.
(Thanks to Kelly for the link!)