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What kind of atheist are you?

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 3, 2009 | 12:18 pm

In case you missed it, NPR aired a piece last month about the widening divide between the in-you-face atheists and the nonbelievers who want to be more tolerant of their God-fearing friends:

“It’s really a national debate among people with a secular orientation about how far do we want to go in promoting a secular society through emphasizing the ‘new atheism,’ ” [Center for Inquiry’s Stuart] Jordan says. “And some are very much for it, and some are opposed to it on the grounds that they feel this is largely a religious country, and if it’s pushed the wrong way, this is going to insult many of the religious people who should be shown respect even if we don’t agree with them on all issues.”

Interesting as this story was, it wasn’t really that. It was a fresh perspective on a story that has been brewing under the surface for years. Read more about it at GetReligion.

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