There is no war going on. Such a thought only creates unnecessary tension between theists and atheists.
In the middle east, being an atheist is punishable by death.
Questioning Islam is punishable by death.
Insulting Mohammed is punishable by death.
Converting to another religion from Islam is punishable by death.
In developed nations, large numbers of Christians would happily murder you if they knew you were an atheist and thought they'd get away with it. They have no shame or hesitation in admitting it.1
In some states, there are measures in the works to ban atheists from holding public office, (Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have both endorsed them) literally taking away our ability to represent ourselves in government if they pass.
And that's a tiny sample of what's going on in the world today
. Consider the thousands upon thousands of years of history of theists killing atheists.
Irrational =/= Insane. All insane people are irrational, but not all irrational people are insane.
Irrational and insane are synonyms, you can check your thesaurus. I choose 'insane' because it's got more teeth than 'irrational'. We should build and reinforce through repetition the association between insanity and religious belief. This may harden the resolve of the most hard-core religious, but moderates will begin to distance themselves.
Remember at one time the KKK had millions of members and was a legitimate voice in politics. When the civil rights movement began their marginalization of the KKK, moderates fled like rats from a sinking ship. Today only the hard-core remain, largely silent and forgotten, soon to be a mere footnote in the history books.
Politicians pander to them because they agree with them and/or because they want to get more votes.
I'm sure many politicians secretly agree with and would like to get more votes from the KKK too, and 50 years ago they would publicly pander to them. Today they don't, as the KKK has been marginalized.
And, like I said, we can achieve this without resorting to childish tactics.
We've repeatedly told you (in this thread and the last one that inspired it), and I think we all understand, that mocking is not the only method we should employ, nor is it the best solution for every situation, and we know that there are many different ways and degrees of mocking. In my original post from the other thread, mocking was only one of the several methods I suggested.
Nobody has said at any point that mocking is our only tool and we should use it exclusively, which is the phantom point you seem to be arguing against, unless I'm misunderstanding your point. Why do you keep coming back to this issue?
And by the way, in a testimony to the effectiveness of mockery, Christianity rose to power largely by mocking the very religions it's mythos was drawn from. The bible writers made Jesus turn water into wine to specifically to mock Dionysus, a Hellenistic god whom much of Jesus' origin story was based on. Dionysus loved wine and it was used in many Hellenist rituals (which is why wine is a large part of Christianity today). By making Jesus able to magically create wine whereas Dionysus could not, they made his power superior to that of Dionysus, and could win converts.