There's no good reason to be deliberately objectionable in a conversation. To me, that's just as bad as someone using hurt feelings to try to control a conversation.
Who's the one defining what is "deliberately objectionable", Jaime? As I've pointed out, theists find anything questioning them to be exactly that. One question, telling someone that they are wrong is trying to control a conversation? Not trying to build a strawman, but to see if that's what you believe.
Taking pride in being found offensive is like letting tactics dictate strategy; letting short-term benefits overrule long-term ones. A theist may well take offense at being told that they're wrong; does that mean that you should make it easy for them to pigeonhole you as someone that they can tune out?
You are assuming that this is true. I take pride in being willing to push theists out of their comfort zone. If this requires me to be called "offensive" by theists, that is fine by me and it amuses me to see a lie by a Christian when I’m not offensive at all. As has been established, many theists will automatically consider any questioning of their beliefs offensive. And it's not me that is pigeonholing. It is the theist using a lie as an excuse and they have already tuned me out. I cannot prevent any excuses they might make; I can only show how they are wrong repeatedly. Again, it is their opinion that any remark against their religion is "offensive". They have claimed it such to defend their religion and to shut down the conversation.
What is the goal of being outspoken about atheism? To be heard and to be taken seriously, correct? If that is the case, then would it not make sense to act in such a way that people will listen and take it seriously, instead of handing them a silver-plated excuse to blow off the whole thing?
I’ll add the most important one to me: and to get theists to give up their nonsense by showing them that they are *wrong*. I can be heard and be taken seriously about atheism by other atheists and my words with them are no different than those to theists. The attitude of many theists makes this impossible since they do not want us to be heard at *all*. They do not want to take us seriously and they intentionally lie about atheists. Does this show you at all that they have *any* inclination to listen to us? They already *have* a silver plated excuse to blow us off, it’s called their desperation to keep their faith.
Again, Jaime, you seem to refuse to acknowledge that theists have any responsibility in their actions toward atheists. All you seem to ever claim is that atheists should just let the poor theists alone. In that other thread, I do not recall you ever gave one instance where you said it was okay to tell a theist that they were wrong. Every time you wanted it to be controlled by the theist; that the atheist should wait for the theist to ask a question. Again and again, we see that tactic does not work. Repeatedly, we see that the theist doesn’t care about what anyone else things or even considers that they are wrong. The girlfriend in the article is offended by what the author thought was fine. We have theist after theist here who come on with misconceptions of science and outright lies and even when shown that they are wrong in the most gentle ways, they throw fits and run away. We do get the occasional person who is honestly questioning, but you know as well as I do on how rare they are. Take for instance, Riley. I am not treating him with kid gloves by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s still here and still asked questions and makes his own contributions. Then compare him with the others, like onesteward, simplecaveman, gzusfreke, and hundreds more, etc, and see how they aren’t interested at all in facts but only their delusions. They are not here to learn or ask questions honestly; they are simply too deluded to realize they are ridiculous evidently thinking that their nonsense will magically become valid and accepted if they pray hard enough. They leave and return, with the same lies and nonsense. Now, do you think that type of theist is open to an atheist just sitting there passively waiting to be asked a question?