Paul Kurtz summarized our opinion on New Atheism before his death in 2009.
“militant atheism is often truncated and narrow-minded…it is not concerned with the humanist values that ought to accompany the rejection of theism. The New Atheists, in my view, have made an important contribution to the contemporary cultural scene because they have opened religious claims to public examination…What I object to are the militant atheists who are narrow-minded about religious persons and will have nothing to do with agnostics, skeptics, or those who are indifferent to religion, dismissing them as cowardly.”
“While I certainly don’t believe that we ought to abandon our criticism of religious fanaticism or allow religious doctrine to dictate public policy, the future of the secular humanist and scientific rationalist movements depends upon appealing to a wider base of support,”
Militant atheism risks alienating the moderately religious and if we are to ever make religion only a private matter we need their support. Militant anything nearly always backfires and makes people hold a negative view of whatever a person or persons is militant about. So this blog shares Kurtz’ opinion on the New Atheism movement.