I am a Militant Atheist?
To me the term or label Militant Atheist can be or tends to be used interchangeably with Firebrand Atheist, Non-Accommodationist/Anti-Accommodationist Atheist, New Atheist, Anti-Theist or Anti-Religionist.
Often religious but other who don’t like confrontive atheism apply the label “militant” to atheists generally — or at least any atheist that isn’t quiet, meek, non-challenging, or accommodationist.

Atheist accommodationists maintain that those who have religious or magical ideas which are closer to scientific reality should not be subject to the same level of rational criticism as that which is leveled at believers in creationism and others who utterly reject scientific evidence. Accomodationists will usually favour discussion, engagement, and pragmatic unity with religious groups who appear to condemn or combat extremism, even if doing so requires the pragmatic suspension of criticism towards those groups for their faith-based beliefs. Most accommodationists do not actively promote religion though some may especially more liberal religions. Many accommodationists feel that respect should be given to religious ideas because they are sincerely held by the person who holds them, appear to provide them with an ethical framework that could potentially support humanist decisions, and that aggressively criticizing these beliefs may decrease the willingness of those who hold them to engage with atheist or humanist arguments. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Accommodationism

“Militant atheist” frequently used as a disparaging term though some atheists challenge this by accepting this label an defusing its negative connotations (which I strive to do).

When anti-atheists and others refer to a “militant atheist,” the object of that slander is usually an atheist who had the nerve to openly question religious authority or vocally express his or her views about the existence of God(s) or religions(s). Conventional or traditional thinking (often religiously motivated) tries to tells us that such outspoken unrespectful, irrespectful or disrespectful atheist conduct is shameful or, at the very least, distasteful, and therefore such brazen nonbeliever is labeled “militant.”

Nevertheless, this reflects a double standard, because it seems to apply only to atheists. Religious individuals and groups frequently declare, sometimes subtly and sometimes not, that you are a sinner and that you will suffer in hell for eternity if you do not adopt their superstitious, supernatural, or magical beliefs, and even challenge or show outspoken unrespectful, irrespectful or disrespectful theist conduct to other religions or gods; but they will almost never be labeled “militant” by society: the media, the public or other religious or even some less outspoken/accommodationist atheists. Instead, such individuals are called “devout” and such churches are called “evangelical” and maybe called fundamentalist.

However, in this use, the fundamentalism definition is not usually seen as negative in relation to religious individuals. Rather fundamentalist in relation to religious individuals usually is referring to a devout conservative approach to theology. Such as, religious fundamentalists are seen as those who believe that the statements in a holy book are literally true. Note: Fundamentalists often argue against the theory of evolution.

The lesson here is clear. If you’re an atheist, shut up about it or be called a “Militant atheist” with the hope you are shamed into shutting up or such a label is employed as a means of rhetoric trying to disregard the relevance of a outspoken atheist’s argument, by dismissive name calling. If you are open or vocal about your atheist worldview, you are often labeled a “militant atheist.” Atheists are expected to be silent, even though that same standard does not apply to those who passionately disagree with you especially is they are religious.

A militant atheist is one who is hostile towards religion. They differ from moderate atheists because they have the desire to propagate atheism and also hold religion to be harmful. Militant atheism was an integral part of the French Revolution, Soviet Union, Cultural Revolution, and is expresses itself today in the ideas of the New Atheist authors.


The term describes atheists and secularists who actively campaign against religion and against religious influence in public life or government ruling. Countering religion, criticising and arguing rationally against it is somehow seen as wrong. Actions that can get an atheist branded as “militant” include:

Campaigning against public and enforced prayer — particularly in schools.
Holding rallies against religious figures.
Questioning public policy based on religion such as running abstinence programs rather than teaching about contraception.
Questioning religious authority.
Stating openly one does not believe in god(s).
Working against discrimination on religious grounds.
Writing atheist books.
Stating non-belief in any sort of public fashion.

Basically, anything that atheist or group of atheists says or writes will be called “militant” by some religious pundit or another. At the same time, religious groups and individuals are free to profess their beliefs and proselytize openly without much public outcry. So outspoken religious belief and atheism are held to a double standard, where religious criticism of atheism is seen as conventional wisdom, but atheist criticism of religion is controversial. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Militant_atheism

I have a strong atheism approach which is seen as “Militant atheism.”

Strong Atheism is the proposition that we should not suspend judgment about the non-existence of a god or gods. More extensively, it is a positive position against theistic values, semantics and anti-materialism, a rational inquiry in the nature of religious thought, a new way of thinking about religious and spiritual issues. http://www.strongatheism.net/