Ethical atheists? Atheists-with-a-plus-sign-that-looks-like-a-cross? Who’s the best type of atheist?
What about the ones who have “the acceptance that there is no credible scientific or factually reliable evidence for the existence of a god, gods or the supernatural*“? Those may well be the best, because that’s pretty well ALL of them.
Other criteria apply to other things. If a person is a hero or an arsehole, that doesn’t impinge on how atheist, or not, that person is.
When the faithists apply tags like “strident”, “militant” and so on, there’s generally a bit of indignation. And so there fucking well should be now, when a cadre decide to unilaterally define themselves as ethically superior to any who don’t wear the uniform.
My conscience and ethos are my own. I had them before I was an atheist, and can be persuaded by reason to view things in a reasonable manner. It doesn’t need to be fallaciously conflated with my atheism.
* Atheist Foundation of Australia definition of “atheism” used here, as I find it the least ambiguous description. This blog and this post are not representative of AFA policy, and do not speak for the AFA unless specifically noted in any particular post.