I love the greater atheist community, but sometimes there are people in our community that are stupid and/or annoying. While these people do make up a very small percentage of our community, they are there and some how I get cornered into talking to them or sitting next to them.
The thing about these annoying atheists is that they ramble on about minor issues that they generally don’t understand. Often times these issues aren’t even on the table at the time. For example, a number of months ago I was at a meeting. The topic being discussed was about the legal issues involved in the separation of church and state and somehow this fellow atheist cornered me to argue about determinism. I wanted to talk to the speaker about church and state issues, but this annoying guy won’t shut up.
Then there is the incident that occurred at the Human Light Luncheon that I mentioned in my Examiner article. Paul Kurtz was speaking about humanism and a positive face for non-theists when this idiot started asking him about cosmology and implied that Stephen Hawking was a Creationist.
While there are idiots in every group and the atheist community certainly has far less than religious groups tend to have, what I find particularly annoying about annoying atheists is that they really think they are super smart. They also tend to miss social cues like when people like me tune them out and try to blow them off.
It seems so hard to believe that at this current point in history that there could be stupid and annoying atheists because it is so hard to escape the indoctrination of religion that one would expect anyone to have achieved this to at least be of above average intellect. But sure enough we get some dumb asses too.