Of course, I take issues with some things in the movement. But there are moments that make me love to be a part of it. Among them, this quote from JT Eberhard's blog:
I get so many emails about that. When responding, I try not to think about the good coming out does to the atheist movement. How quickly would the stigma on atheism evaporate if people started realizing that atheists were not banded together in a dark place plotting the unmaking of the country, but that believers were already living unmolested in the presence of atheists – atheists they love? I try not to think about that because individuals are important, and forced separation from one’s family or the loss of a job may not be worth that contribution to the movement on an individual level. The best thing is to make sure people come out only when the time is right for them.
Very early in the movement -- back as far as Dawkins's TED talk -- movement leaders made a point of preemptively standing up against outing people, or putting undue pressure on atheists to come out of the closet.
We may be the least trusted group in the United States today, but we don't have it as bad as gay people did in the 80's, or black people in the 50's.
I have nothing but respect for atheists in dangerous situations, who're dependent on religious parents or guardians. And I understand completely when they don't want to come out of the closet. It's not like it's never gone badly before.
I love being part of a movement that takes seriously the emotional and social hardships its members put upon themselves by coming out, and I love that we don't pressure people out of the closet before they're ready, or out people against their will.
And by the way, the blog post that quote comes from has a happy ending. Check it out.