For me, the term atheist is synonymous with irrational bigot, because it is predicated on the notion that one derives ones faith structure on being convinced that he has proven a negative: there is no GOD! they pound on the table while offering no empirical (or any type of objective) evidence to make such a ridiculous claim. An atheist would call any contention that maintained it had proven a negative as the basis of its faith or ideology ridiculous, impossible, even stupid. Yet just such an impossible foundation is the root of atheism. When it is pursued militantly by infringing others of their rights to pursue their convictions unhindered then it is clear it is pathologically depraved.