Yes, to call someone a troll here is simply an insult.
Isn't it also a bigger insult to be called someone who sticks up for pederasses?
everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?
I think there's a tendency with atheists to purposefully set themselves apart and hope they're offensive to religious people. So I also think that the extent to which atheists are "thought ill of" is probably exaggerated by atheists themselves.
I think that's definitely a problem of how atheists are seen and how many behave. If they act more out of rebellion and to be offensive, like you say, it removes some of their credibility since their atheism is seemingly for the wrong reasons.
I've never believed in any being of any sort. I remember being in bed when I was about four and trying to figure out where I would go after I died. I came to the conclusion I be in the same state as before I was born. For me, not believing in a deity is as natural as breathing, but I have a friend who's beliefs are because he's rebelling from his staunchly religious mother and he is quite a bit more fanatical. He is quite active in forcing it down people's throats. I think its the difference between those who are at peace with their beliefs and those who aren't.
Theirs is not to make reply
Theirs is not to reason why
Theirs is but to do and die
Anyway, blaming the angst of religious folks for violence is not a good assessment, especially since the branch of Islam most associated with it here is a radical one. Radical religion is only as dangerous as any other radical.
It could be that places in which atheism is in the majority are reacting against their past in which religion played a major role, and resulted in major problems.
I think it is definite that the context in which one lives largely influences their degree of belief or disbelief. In an atheist context of living, how would one have easy access to religious knowledge, and vice versa?
I wonder if atheists are still bottom of the barrel in the U.S. after the notorious antics of the Westboro Baptist Church...
Here an atheist is at the top of our barrel - just look to your left to gaze into the eyes of our Prime Ministerial atheist. Say G'day to Julia, but hold your breath, and don't hold her gaze for too long. lest you become an atheist too.