Atheists/Anti-theists HAVE to be rude to theists/those with differing opinions?
I was on another forum (the Internet Movie Database to be exact) and I went on a thread about Christopher Hitchens. It was along the lines of (and I'm paraphrasing here) how he was "needlessly arrogant and unnecessarily rude; despite his intelligence". One of the reply's was (paraphrasing again) that, because theists were bullies, it was necessary for Hitchens to be a bully right back.
If I were in High school, I would agree that the only way to speak to a believer was to be condescending and rude. However, a wonderful thing called maturing occurred and I began looking at all sides. Now, I'm not going to deny that religion has done some horrible things in the past (it has done some good, shockingly enough...) and that neo-fundamentalism needs to be stopped, but this notion that an atheist has to be a jerk to someone with differing beliefs baffles me. Many subscribers to the "new atheist" movement say they are more intelligent than theists, because they don't believe in a "sky daddy" or receive guidance from a 2000 year old book. With this notion of intellectual superiority, the only way to debate with someone is to be an a**hole? Even if the other person is being a bully? The best way to deal with said bully would be to stoop to their level?
Theists are often times (but not always) very rude and militant with their debates, but if you are a non-believer, and you think that you are smarter than said theist, why be rude to prove your point? It does absolutely nothing but fan the flames. That and it will help your book sales...
Enough with my little rant. I just want to see what all of you think about this?