Have Atheists "Won the Intellectual War"?
Every time I speak at a Christian college, I become more convinced of several things:
1) The vast majority of these students, while dedicated Christians, are open to hearing and discussing other points of view in a thoughtful manner.
2) They respect our right to be atheists and to not be discriminated against or have religion forced on us.
3) They value the American ideals of separation and state and church and have a "live and let live" attitude that almost always extends to atheists and gays. (We must admit that there are some atheists who do not have a "live and let live" attitude toward religious people.)
4) They are as genuinely concerned about the welfare of the poor and our environment as any of the rest of us flaming liberals.
5) That the percentage of Christians who are good and decent is about the same as the percentage [of] atheists who are good and decent. There are bad apples in both groups, but they are by far the minority.
6) That the Minnesota Atheists' attitude of non-ridiculing, positive, friendly neighborhood atheism works. We need to continue to tear down walls, rather than put up barriers. My attitude is that we have already won the intellectual war, now we just have to spread the good news.
I submit this without comment - I just want to solicit your opinions. Believe me, I have an opinion on this.
UPDATED: Hemant Mehta, "Friendly Atheist," starts off his post soliciting positive atheist stereotypes with a joke about "baby eating." Attaboy! ;-)