With respect, James, I disagree. The motive behind the house edit is provocation; the editors want to court readership and page-views by attracting controversy. The editors' use of "us vs. them" language is calculated to endorse, by implication of normalcy, a latent sense in many readers that "atheists" are an "other." Calculated, in other words, to activate a latent mistrust and transform it into an active form of prejudice. The implied invitation is: Identity with our message, readers! The enemy is here, and our values are under attack!
You seem to be conflating "hate" with "expressing hate through hate crime", which I did not do in my message, nor would not wish to be understood as doing.
What say you?