I've watched a lot of well known atheists on YouTube. To be honest, they have some really interesting ― and truthful ― things to say. The main objection I find with their perspective is not their critique on religion, which I find mostly quite accurate, but rather it is how they mix God with religion. They look at the irrationality of religion, and therefore claim that belief in God is irrational.
Dr. Hedin's course at Ball State University on the "Boundaries of Science" remains in the news, with the New Atheists waging a war of words with the fellows at the Discovery Institute. I often find myself caught between the extreme views coming from these opposing armies in the science culture wars.
This long-overdue affirmation of secular students' place within an otherwise predominantly religious institution owes largely to precisely the kind of interfaith dialogue and collaboration that encourages mutual respect and solidarity between atheists and the religious, rather than scorn or derision.
Our country has a long and complicated relationship with the role of religion in politics. The more that anger continues to dominate the conversation about religion in our country, the more I appreciate those who say 'enough is enough' with the politics of religion hijacking our political discourse.