Sunday, May 17, 2009

Another tirade against atheism

Charlotte Allen has written a vapid opinion piece in which she complains that atheists are whiny and boring and angry. Having grading to do, I refrained, this time, from taking time out to shoot fish in a barrel. Besides, I figured the usuals would jump all over Allen's pompous nonsense in no time, and I wasn't disappointed: Pharyngula and Friendly Atheist, for instance, are both right on target, though Sam Harris sums it up best in his note affixed to his reprint:
This is, without a doubt, one of the most embarrassingly stupid attacks on the “new atheists” to be published in a major newspaper.
A lot of people are puzzled that the LA Times would consider something so low-caliber fit to print; personally, I think the editors must have been trying to make atheism look good. So, thanks, LA Times; we don't actually need this kind of help, but we do appreciate the sentiment.

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