I saw on TV an atheist encouraging others to stand up and aggressively make fun of religion, Christianity in particular. I think most if not all of these people are ex-Christians who are mad about the effect of doctrines they were taught, doctrines they once believed, but have now rejected.
I am talking here about the ones who are most loudly and bitterly campaigning against the institutions of religion. There are many atheists who do not fall into that category. In fact most atheists probably keep their beliefs (or lack of them) on the down-low, perhaps due to fear of being hated and vilified.
Atheists are a growing minority, but still a minority, and they are in many ways disrespected and deprived of their rights to "freedom from religion." Ideas of the religious majority are forced upon nonbelievers in many ways. Hatred of atheists and atheism are in part a hangover from the Cold War, in which US propaganda equated Atheism = Communism = Evil.
There is also atrocious abusive behavior among subscribers to theistic religions. That fuels a lot of anger, rightly so. All people should be outraged by atrocious abusive behavior, no matter who the perpetrators are and no matter what philosophical contortions they use to justify it. Many do use these religions as purported justification for such despicable acts. This is a big problem for followers of those religions. Those followers need to get serious about dealing with it.
So in terms of the nasty conflicts brewing, atheists point to believers and say, "They started it! We're just fighting back." I think the atheists are right about that, but "they started it" sounds childish because it is a childish way to look at a conflict like this.
In my view, the whining from both sides in this conflict is obnoxious.
When I meet someone, I want to know about their character and behavior. Are you kind or cruel? Greedy or generous? Conscientious or careless? Thoughtful or thoughtless? Things like that.
And oh yeah, most important of all, is your bandana red, black, green, blue, white, yellow... or (gasp!) are you walking around wearing no bandana at all?