Also Richard Dawkins seems like a prick.
How so? I'm not holding him up as some amazing figure, the reason I mentioned him was because he has a degree in the field of biology (and I'm not very familiar with other famous atheists with a background in biology). I'd be interested to hear why you think he seems like a prick.
I don't mind it so much when people are really opinionated about what they believe in, it's annoying, but tolerable. However when people are preachy and opinionated about what other people believe in, it starts to bother me. I don't think that accomplishes anything productive, it just makes the opposite side feel bad. So personally if someone does that, I feel like they're kind of a prick.
Sometimes the truth hurts. If someone holds their religion as a key part of their identity, which includes a loyalty to family and cultural traditions, then there is no way to have a debate and not make them "feel bad". I understand that you (and me) don't want to offend others, but at some point a real discussion has to be held on the matter.
I think people being opinionated is beautiful. You're willing to come out let others challenge you. That's how you learn and grow as a person. Debate is the most productive things one can do for their mind. Even if one person is being arrogant in their opinions there is still much to take away from watching or reading counterpoints to their views.
I'm going to check out of this thread just because presenting a belief in evolution based on evidence and presenting reasons for that belief is somehow forceful, antagonistic and rude. I have a rational reasoning for accepting evolution as the best model that explains the diversity of life (it has nothing to do with beginning of the universe or the beginning of life as someone erroneously said).
I feel that this is a subject I want to write a long blog post on soon (not on GiantBomb). There seems to be a group of people whom wish to stifle any debate in the name of not offending. As if one side can never be wrong and that there must exist a middle ground where everyone is a winner. Simply stating your views and there implications is going too far. These people also offer little justification for why this compromised position is valid other than name calling.
I think it would be rude not to engage in these debates. For example I'm sure the OP would much rather read our opinions than have no one reply to him lest we be accused of offending the sensitive.