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Comment 10 by mordacious1 :

"Dawkins describes himself as an evolutionary biologist, author and militant atheist". He does?

Actually, perhaps surprisingly, Richard Dawkins has described himself as a "militant athesist" on a recent BBC programme; 2min 40s into the video link text

I think he means 'militant' in the sense of being a combative activist in support of reason and science. However, we all know that the word 'militant' usually has negative connotations of being aggressive and frequently violent, e.g. militant islamists. In this sense the word is not at all applicable to Dawkins or the 'New Atheists'. It's a shame Richard described himself in this way as his opponents will inevitably twist his words into 'Dawkins admits to being an extremist', or some such nonsense.

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