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I disagree with Ruse (and you). (For example, I think the concern with Collins is not because he is a "devout Christian", but because Collins intends to use those beliefs to help make decisions in his official capacity as director of NIH. If Collins was a private Christian, or at least capable of separate his personal and professional life, then the New Atheists wouldn't be so up in arms.)All that said, I understand that there are two approaches. One is us-vs-them warfare, and that's what the New Atheists do. The other is trying to find some Obama-like common middle ground, as recommended by you and Ruse. I'll grant that's not a horrible idea.
FYI, PZ Myers (Pharyngula) has a response to Ruse. Those interested in this topic probably ought to at least read both sides.
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