Constructive advice for Atheist activism
I am 31, and was raised in a Lutheran family (Missouri Synod---one of the most backwards, literalist branches of Lutheranism) in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin metro area. I started to question my upbringing around the age of 12, and abandoned it by the time that I was 14. In that time, I have interacted with many Atheists (when I use the term, I mean in the most broad sense, as in weak Atheism, wherein the individual merely lacks a belief in any deity), and have noticed a wide variety of political viewpoints. However, liberal/progressive viewpoints seemed to be the most prominent in Atheist circles, and also, the most associated with Atheism in the minds of the masses.
In my opinion, it would be wise for adherents of the New Atheism to emphasize the diversity of political opinions among Atheists. We should prominently display Atheists individuals with libertarian and conservative political views. No doubt many of Ron Paul's young supporters, who have experience in grass roots activism, are Atheists. Think of the huge potential there exists in the millions of adults in this country who do not vote because they are tired of the same two choices every year (e.g. paleoconservatives and libertarians who are fed up with the neocon-theocrat hijacking of the Republican party, as well as individuals whose political views are so unique that no candidate ever satisfies them).
With a big tent approach in the New Atheism, stereotypes of Atheists will be debunked. People will see that anyone can be an Atheist, and still have his or her niche with like-minded individuals. The data over the last several decades has shown a positive trend, that of increasing Atheism, but in my opinion, it has been too sluggish. With the Internet, and well-planned outreach, we can break this wide open. When I am an old man, I would love to live in a country, and a world, that is largely, if not wholly, free of Theism.