The religion virus originating from the Middle East is certainly one of the nastiest. It has a very destructive militant tendency. But, as people are taking control of themselves and developing immunity to the religion virus, quite a few become extremely vociferous and ‘militant’ in their atheism.
Rationally, a militant atheist only has words and logical free thought as his weapon. Compare and contrast the weapons of choice and the deeds of those without logical free thought.
The path to enlightenment is a long and difficult one, but humanity is slowly getting there. Atheism is rising at a fantastic rate in the United States of America as it strives to catch up with the free thinking that dominates UK and parts of Europe. That is good news!