“Damien, you are a strong atheist. I am wondering do you see yourself as better than theists?”
Well it would depend on what you mean by “better than,” as both are equal as humans. But to more fully address the question I would say that to me an informed atheist compared to an uninformed/misinformed theist shows that the atheist is thinking/forming beliefs more accurately to non-supernatural reality so in such a way yes, they are better in not having superstition errors in their conceptions of naturalistic only reality. But other than that, you would need to know more about people individually as atheist and theist is only about issues of belief inaccuracy on the theist part, as atheism is not life stances that for the atheist will likely tend to be aligned with political liberalism and also are more prawn to progressivism. Not to mention atheists in America have no hate groups, which the religious seem to favor, thus to me atheists often are better people than some like to suggest. Atheists overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage (92%) and legal abortion (87%). In addition, three-quarters (74%) say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm. About two-thirds of atheists (69%) identify as Democrats (or lean in that direction), and a majority (56%) call themselves political liberals (compared with just one-in-ten who say they are conservatives). Atheism unlike religion is not out to oppress or hate others that would be believers in gods and religions.
If you don’t believe me Look at the hate groups in America not one is atheist but more than half are religious or religion connected. Atheists don’t disown their families for being believers that is religionists, atheists don’t go door to door trying to spread their beliefs that is religionists, etc. Religious faith is an integral part of most of the hate groups’ roots and developmental literature. The bible and the qu’ran both promote hatred through selective interpretation; racism, anti-gay hatred, anti-religion hatred – running from the klan through neo-nazi believers, white supremacists and catholic extremists. Throughout history religions have promoted hatred as a means of spreading their beliefs and threatening those who do not believe in their faith. Murder, rape, torture, psychological manipulation, beatings, destruction of literature, selective killings, bombings, are all tools used by religions and the religious. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated several Christian groups as hate groups, including the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, Abiding Truth Ministries, American Vision, the Chalcedon Foundation, the Dove World Outreach Center, the Traditional Values Coalition, and Westboro Baptist Church which are just to name a few of the 83 Christian Hate Groups. The SPLC classes the Nation of Islam (NOI) as a hate group under the category “black separatist”. The NOI preaches that a black scientist named Yakub created the white race, a “race of devils”, on the Greek island of Patmos. The NOI, unlike traditional Muslim groups, does not accept white members and it is not regarded as a legitimate branch of Islam by mainstream Muslims. 1, 2, 3