Acid Drops or Sugar Coated?

Much time and energy is devoted to discussion of whether or not science and atheism ought to be tactically linked and whether confrontational or placatory atheistic tactics are more likely to be successful.

Carnival of the Godless #76 linked to this post on Greta Christina's blog: Good Cop, Bad Cop: Atheist Activism.

Greta compares the current rise of vocal atheism to the queer activist movement of the '80s and '90s and argues convincingly that different styles of atheist activism are both individually appropriate and, more important, complementary.

But when it comes to the basic question of "sympathetic compromiser versus passionate idealist" tactics, I think we'd all be better off if we stopped spending our time and energy squabbling with each other, and left each other the hell alone to do what we're good at and what we're inspired to do.

From : Style Complementarity in Atheist Activism .

Articles : Thanks for the Facts. Now sell them .

Blogs : How Not to Defend Evolution, Part 1 and Part 2 . Why Pairing Science and Atheism is High-Brow, and responses, Jason Rosenhouse: Young on Dewey on Being High-Brow, Larry Moran: Jake Young Wants Atheist Scientists to Keep a Low Profile, PZ Myers: Taking exception to Jake . Peaceful Coexistence? .

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