I think we all understand the basis of the disagreement, but we hardly ever talk about the disagreement itself. We tend to get caught up trying to argue about who is right, rather than why we disagree. Let me try to describe the problem as I see it - if you don’t like it, then I invite you to reword/rework the statement more to your liking.
- Some people, primarily YEC, hold a view (practically a tenet) that their religion/beliefs are under attack in an increasingly secular world.
- Within the above group, some people attack science and scientific reasoning based on their religious views.
- Religious attacks on science draw ridicule from the secular world (and the science educated theists), which are interpretted as the attacks described in 1), thus creating a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I won’t put all of this on the YECs - I think it is clear that YEC and Militant Atheism feed of one another, propping each other up and leading to and endless argument. It’s a vicious cycle.
Now, how do we stop it?