Kelly rips theistard Marty Fields a new asshole in an entertaining rant (and gives the same treatment to baldfaced liar Jacob Stein). But I have to grant Rev. Fields a point: "[T]here is nothing new about the atheist challenge to religious belief." He states incorrectly (one wonders if Fields has actually read any of the books in question) that Dawkins et al. resort to ridicule rather than reason. While the luminaries (even Hitchens) do present reasoned arguments, it is increasingly true, especially in the atheist blogosphere, that many atheists, myself included, are becoming dissatisfied with reasoned arguments and are indeed resorting to ridicule.
There is nothing new, at least not intellectually, about the atheist challenge to religion, because Hume nailed the issue in the 18th century. There's nothing new because the religious have given us nothing new since Hume or indeed since Aquinas. (We do, however, have to repeat the "tired old arguments" again and again until they stick.) The best the theists have done since Hume is simply redefine "God" to be entirely meaningless. And I'm entitled to have no belief at all about meaningless propositions.
We atheists ridicule religion because it is not just mistaken, it is actually ridiculous. Completely ridiculous, absurd, laughable and stupid... when it is not horribly evil and sadistic. There's nothing new left to be argued, but, proving themselves completely irrational, indeed utterly impervious to reason, the religious have earned our mockery, derision, and ridicule.