As an outspoken Atheist in a community heavily weighted on the ideas of theism, I have to deal with a lot of criticism and so-called "debates".
One argument that particularly annoys me is the idea that Atheists "hate" god, particularly antitheists (a group with which I am very much affiliated). This is an idiotic concept. Atheism is defined as the absence of the belief in a higher deity or "god" as you so eloquently call it. We don't hate god anymore than we may hate Santa Claus or any other character derived from fiction. To say that we hate god is not only an insult to us, but also shows how little you actually know about Atheism.
I don't hate god, I hate religion and the belief in a so-called god. I have said this many times, and I'll say it again, the belief in god is illogical, irrational, childish, barbaric, and (to put it in a term you guys can understand [by you guys I am neither referring solely to Christians as is generally believed of me, I am referrig to all religions, be they monotheistic, polytheistic, or whatever the **** you'd call Scientology...I'll hold that for a later story]) it is idiotic.