There are two ways to go about it, NewChapter. One way is to start arguments on the subject and try to FORCE others to accept your viewpoint.
The other way is to quietly state your own position, but not belittle the position of others. This is the way I prefer.
So your suggestion on a discussion board, is that we don't start any arguments, and when debate comes up, we say one thing and bow out---even if our comments are challenged? We've said our peace and counted to 10? So the responsibility of the atheist is to not upset the believer or argue a point, but just to firmly state our view. And their responsiblity is---well none. They've always allowed us to state our view and left it at that, neither progressing the discussion or challenging what we have said. These discussion have always been one sided---with atheists not letting them drop, while believers just wanted to be left alone. We followed them around and demanded they come back and answer for themselves. They've always quietly stated their views and left it at that. They've never belittled our positions.
It really sounds like you think the adults on this board should be treated like children. It sounds like you think that debate hurts them. It sounds like you want atheists to be the adults, and simply shrug it all off. I am kind of stunned---but whatever. That's fine.
You disapprove of debate with believers. Okay. Some atheists have decided that remaining silent has not brought the best results. As we continue to be maligned and trusted less than rapists, some of us feel it is our right to stand up and defend our views. Millions of churches do it everyday. They congregate and discuss, but when atheists get a little backbone, some just can't handle that. Which is ironic, since they are the majority and have countless support centers and communities to build them back up. Atheists, for the most part, tend to be on their own.
I am tempted to go with this reasoning. Tempted to just treat believers like children that don't need their illusions busted. I just gave them more credit than that, and perhaps I was wrong. I tend not to think so, but this line of reasoning has been----enlightening?