In the comments section of a previous thread, Alan Fox writes:
But, as I am sure Coyne and Myers would concur, nobody is trying to force you to change your particular beliefs. Just don’t expect to be entitled to enforce them on others, then you, me , Dawkins etc can all coexist peacefully.
Hogwash. I am quite capable to peaceful co-existence with atheists, as I have never wanted to enforce my views on them. We can’t say the same for the Gnu atheists. Jerry Coyne wants it to be illegal for religious parents to give their children a religious upbringing. Eric MacDonald agrees. Coyne also says he is only interested in the eradication of Christianity. Dawkins agrees, as he has said the Gnus are out to destroy Christianity. Dawkins has also encouraged other Gnus to publicly mock and ridicule Christians, which is consistent with his own history of name-calling and personal attacks on religious people. As for Myers, he often jokes about committing acts of violence against religious people. He also takes pleasure in engaging in very public acts of iconoclasm.
The Gnus are only interested in “peaceful co-existence” as long as Christians agree to keep their religious views totally private. Given that they think religion is some sort of evil disease, and religious parents are child abusers, they cannot adopt a position of enlightened tolerance. To do so would be to tolerate evil, disease, and child abuse. They will have none of that, which explains their extremism and reluctance to engage in peaceful co-existence.