People usually form their opinion of individuals and groups based on the limelight given by the press. For the West, rightly or wrongly, the faces of atheism are people like Dawkins, Hitchens, people that put up "one nation indivisble" without the under God part on billboards, people that advocate freedom from religion, etc, because they are vociferous and prolific. The reason these things get press attention in the US is not that they are simply going along with flow. In the case of the billboard just a few weeks ago, people took the time to respond and counter by putting up a theist billboard. That's what gets press, and that's all what most people know, and very clearly does annoy a lot of people. This is not me trying to prove all atheists are militant, I've met atheists that are not militant, although in my age group, most of them are strongly militant. I'm just explaining why people have a certain perception of atheists. The majority of Americans aren't focused on logical fallacies and all that when they are watching the nightly world news.
Nothing I intended to convey should lead you to believe that I am assuming counter-cultural thought is always inferior, or any that you are talking about. I don't know how other people are reading me, but I'm most certainly not implying anything that's not concretely in the text. For the vast majority of my writing, what you see is what you get. Aside from sarcasm, I'm far too literal to even be skilled enough to write the way you are interpreting this.
If anyone else thinks I'm not explicit enough, or am implying things, do say so, and I'll stand corrected and try to be more explicit in my posts.