I rather like Richard Dawkins. I've been on a kind of reading spree of his books lately and I think the atheist community is lucky to have him to represent them. He is a very clear thinker and communicator. However, I think he could do a little better to not sound so arrogant. In some of his speeches and writings, he does appear to think that atheists are superior to others. In one of his speeches he talks about a woman who outgrew her religious upbringing "and she grew into the mature, well-balanced atheist she is today." I know it doesn't have to be interpreted as being a relative term, as in meaning atheists are more "mature" and "balanced." But it did come off that way and many in the audience seemed to laugh at his arrogance, and dare I say, bigotry. For some reason at the moment I'm having difficulty coming up with more examples, but at many times in The God Delusion he seems to imply that atheists are smarter than theists. While he may be right and there may be evidence that supports that assertion, it isn't an attitude one should wave around and flaunt. It doesn't make you (and other atheists) look good. Overall, I very much like how he handles himself and consider ourselves lucky to have such a wonderful person to represent us. There's that other guy Christopher Hitchens... I've seen him on interviews and whatnot. He comes off as very strident and arrogant. Maybe this is just how these people develop as a result of having controversial and unpopular opinions, but I have to say that the arrogance many atheists exhibit really annoys me. Maybe it's just me... but there's that whole "Brights" community. The Brights are a community of atheists trying to come up with a name and identification that doesn't carry the same bad connotations as atheist. But even that name, Brights... it's almost implying they're bright people. Perhaps brighter than you are, if you're not an atheist. Annoys me. Do you guys get that too? That proselytizing atheists often come off as arrogant?