As you know, I'm far from religious but quite frankly, people can believe in a God if they want to. The can go to church if they want to. The can march down Oxford Street on their hands at Mardi Gras time in crotchless chaps if they want to. They can worship Satan for all I care. I don't give a ****. But it doesn't advance the debate at all to be disrespectful about other peoples' beliefs. In fact, it does the opposite IMO. Sure, if someone wants to try and foist their beliefs on me, I'll get the ****s with it. I don't want a bar of that or of those people. But this superior schtick that everyone thinks is so cool in atheists atm is the same kind of superior attitude that mainstream religions engage in.
If you want to be an atheist, just ****ing be one. Make the valid point that we (Australia in this case) live in a secular society and shouldn't have to pander to religious beliefs. But do it in a way which recognises the rights of people to have their own beliefs and practices, leaving out those which subjugate or abuse others in any sense.
I know it's fine line, and I know it's the easiest thing in the world to mock religion. It's like poking fun of the slow or weak kid in high school. But it's not right imo. I mean these people who laud these ****wits like Dawkins (I think is his name). FMD he had a one hour go with Cardinel Pell here a few years ago on tv, and they just left the show looking as stupidly obstinate and closed minded as each other. And Dawkins (if it was him - it might have been some other **** who everyone loves for being a rude ****er) looked every bit as big a **** as Pell at the end of it.