Interesting. It is a scathing article about Dawkins, and I don't know his work well enough to speak to the accuracy of many of the accusations contained in the article. The Chomsky quote surprises me, and I'd be very interested in seeing it in context.
But I do agree with the premise that there is a special disdain for Islam within a subset of the atheist community. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are really very similar, and all draw on the same stories. Christianity has the resurrection, and Islam has the prophet Mohamed, but otherwise, they are pretty much the same. There are loony fundamentalist Christians and Muslims and Jews who scare the shit out of me. But most practitioners of those three religions are more concerned about their families and their communities and their jobs and their homes than they are about ensuring that no one worships idols or fails to keep the Sabbath holy.
And sometimes it seems to me that the attacks on Islam are more attacks on cultural practices than religious practices or beliefs. Even those attacks that come from the secular community. And that concerns me.
But most of the mainstream criticisms of Islam seem to be criticisms of the old testament stuff that most of us here relentlessly point out to Christians. You know, stoning disobedient kids to death, marrying your rapist and whatnot. I get really angry when I hear Islam attacked (often by Christians) for containing these absurdities in their scriptures. I hold atheists to a higher set of standards.