As though atheists can ignore the religious' evangelical tendencies.
And, since we know this, who is actually deigning to "bother" whom?
And who - as usual - is "blaming the victim" here?
("Blaming the victim" - I am enjoying these Flaws In A Perfect System - our popular catchphrases for the casual cruelties Americans needlessly inflict.)
"If you think you're so rational, be rational about the reasons why people are religious, including many reasons that you could be empathetic about."
Oh my dear, you are aware the divorced are listening, aren't you?
Why aren't they - or, even better, their religious spouses - more emphatic?
Do you seriously think a fanatic is being rational, or even helping, when they're all "you think you're so rational" towards the subject?
Mocking the very endeavor society builds on - while insisting we must be empathetic towards the irrational - what does that reveal?
Didn't I just mention evangelism?
"By the way, even in that little quoted squib, the guy is still being a jerk, likening religious people to a brick wall and being a bit of a brick wall himself about the possibility that religious people are seekers of knowledge and truth."
"Seekers of knowledge and truth" - yeah, sure.
Having been there before, we know there is no "possibility that religious people are seekers of knowledge and truth" when they've always insisted - as you are right here - that batting away knowledge is the way to truth.
You are, once again, arguing for insanity and nothing more.
And doing so insanely.
And I even understand why - which is why it's my job to tell you:
Avoiding "being a jerk" is NOT what this is all about,...