Is because I was raised by atheists who were raised by atheists. I don’t have a religious background to push back against, to hate for what it did to me (which I think is true of a lot of movement atheists). I think a lot of movement atheists have exchanged one dogmatic religion for another, but retain a lot of their prejudices and use bad science to justify them.
I certainly hate creation science, believe in gay marriage and the importance of legal abortion., but I don’t think whether or not one believes in any given god necessarily dictates your views on science and morality.
I don’t believe in any god or gods, at least not in any literal sense, I believe gods can be a very good metaphor at times, and I don’t begrudge anyone their beliefs provided they don’t use it as an excuse for bigotry.
I think movement atheism can be a very dangerous proposition at times, because it makes us smug, gives us a false sense of superiority, and that smugness is precisely what we’re trying to avoid. We should be humble in the face of evidence, whether it proves us right or wrong, because an ego propped by any set of beliefs about the nature of the universe is either going to crumble when new evidence comes to light, or cling to old beliefs in an effort to stay propped.
And isn’t avoiding that half the point of atheism? Isn’t the idea to say “I accept what the evidence says, no more and no less” and frankly, religion isn’t always the demon people try to claim it always is. There are plenty of non-awful religions in the world, and non-awful branches of religions in the world (Quakers, anyone?).
Movement atheists keep dragging in pseudo-science (evo-psych bullshit and so on) to justify bigotry, the way the Christian right uses the bible.
My belief system is not above using itself to justify fucked up shit. I am not better than a good hearted and open minded Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Practitioner of Quimbanda or Jewish person, or even other Atheist, and there are Atheists who by virtue of their unkind hearts and closed minds are obviously worse for the world than the good hearted religious person.
Love of science, and placing importance on accuracy, truth and the preservation of information does not belong solely to Atheists and there are Atheists who oppose these things.
I’ve known Atheists who were Atheists because they were mad at the god they’d been raised with, or mad at the bigotry of the people they’d grown up around, I wonder how many disillusioned children of movement Atheists there will be in a few years? Hating Atheism because of the racism, sexism and often homophobic and transphobic that exists within it?