Answering the accomodationists
PZ Myers and Chris Mooney discuss tactics with Jennifer Hecht (Author of “Doubt”) in a podcast — though Hecht tends to join forces with Mooney rather than moderate. Download MP3 (approximately 1 hour)
I think one thing that was left unsaid by PZ, though it was implied, is that the strident tone, or arrogance that the accomodationists dislike so much is really nothing more than making a direct argument against the core beliefs of the religious. You cannot make such an argument at all without offending some people or coming off as arrogant. If you want to make such an argument, you’re going to offend some people and you’re going to come off as arrogant.
I think the best point Jason makes is that putting atheist arguments out there desensitizes people to atheism — makes atheism seem “normal” (which of course it is) rather than “scary.” Just 8 or 9 years ago, I had a friend — in his 30s — tell me that he’d never met an atheist before. I think that’s much less likely to happen now, just a scant decade later, thanks to the “strident” and “arrogant” atheists.