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I do see what you are saying about critics vs. mean assholes or "gender bigots." I suppose I disagree that labeling someone a critic confers intellectual respect to them or what they say. I think a critic is capable of being perfectly vile in his or her criticism and approach to delivering it. In reality, I do not know who chased her away (if she was in fact chased away). I have heard many people describe her as having been chased away by critics who disagreed with her, and this is why I phrased the sentence you quoted as I did. She was "...described by many as having been chased off the Internet by her critics for doing so..."
Thanks for bringing the contact system to my attention. It appears to have been broken and has now been replaced with something I hope will work better. Yes, there are many ways you can be more active without being fully "out." I used to write about this subject often (see http://www.atheistrev.com/2008/09/be-atheist-acti... for some ideas), and it is one to which I need to return. You have given me a much-needed prompt to do so.
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As for what you are saying here about gods, I agree completely. I have yet to encounter a theist who can come up with an intelligible and logically coherent definition of whichever god he or she prefers, much less provide meaningful evidence that such an entity exists. I'm not inclined to take claims of belief in something unintelligible all that seriously.