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While I appreciate the sentiments in this article, I think it's unfair to discuss this without taking context into account. In the U.S., believers have held a cultural monopoly for a long time, and they hold a position of privilege. Atheists are arguing from a "one-down" position.
There's nothing wrong with anger in itself, it is a valid emotion. Sometimes, anger clouds the issue in a debate, true - but I suspect the author may benefit from examining his own emotional reaction to anger. People's discomfort with strong emotions can also cloud issues in a debate.
The college professor becomes the parent of the college graduate.
Civility is a great goal but it is a pretty low bar. We can do a lot better.
Keep accommodation, humility, and goodness in mind to have better discussions.
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