I recently co-organized a freethought group in my local area, and freethinkers constitute a variety of individuals (e.g., agnostics, humanists, naturalists, skeptics, deists, pantheists, etc. . . )--NOT just atheists of the militant persuasion.
Our group has had four meetups thus far, and without fail, the self-described militant atheists makes at least one disparaging comment towards freethinking nonatheists every single meeting. For instance, this person has stated that agnostics are weak cowards, while fully knowing that agnostics are an integral part of our group. Consequently, one humanist member has already dropped out. And two atheist members have expressed their distaste for such rhetoric, and since, have not attended any meetings. I'm afraid this patterns will continue if this person's comments are left unckecked, which would be very unfortunate, because we are located in a small town area and thereby need to keep as many members as possible. What do you think, and how would you handle the situation?