Sam Harris simply destroys Christianity YouTube video at the end is great. Christopher Hitchens & Richard Dawkins – We’d be better off without religion & Richard Dawkins on Islam, Jews, science and the burka are also great video's
I think there is a difference between offending a religion and offending individuals intentionally. The religions are the appalling institutions, and theology and practices. Affronting these should be habit with serious nonbelievers. Now if believers get offended by that, well that's too bad, but they as individuals are not being targeted. You see what I mean. I've done this myself. I have said things to a Catholic like: "You seem like a nice person. But your church has an appalling history, it is responsible for unspeakable crimes, thwarting humanity and progress, its theology is absurd, its notion history is a joke, and it continues to impose policies especially in the third world that are outrageous. Sorry, but that's my view." Now, they won't agree, but I'm not attacking them personally. If they are offended, then that's their problem;
I sympathise with Dawkins and of course he is just trying to make people understand the truth and not perpetuate lies. But I don't like his confrontational and often rude or mocking attitude to people of faith because, while it might make good TV ratings, I don't think it does any good when it comes to convincing religious people to think seriously about science. I am guessing that he has made a good living though on the college debating circuit and from his books (which are a very good read) so in part I think he is acting "in character" because it serves his career.
That may be, but in America everyone is guaranteed freedom of religion, without persecution.
Attacking people over their beliefs sounds like a great way to radicalize youth, but befriending them, and treating them with respect might give them the courage to question their family religious traditions.
It certainly did with me, after I noticed it was my nonbelieving friends who were the kind, accepting ones.