Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Religulous and the Dream of Magical Self-Sorting Bullshit

Matt Yglesias throws in with Damon Linker's concern-trolling review of Religulous:

[W]hat I take to be the key idea of the “new atheists” is that it’s somehow not good enough to just try to go along and get along and hope that things will sort themselves out. Instead, for some reason they think it would be a good idea for everyone who’s not currently observant to form some kind of mass movement based around observing a lack of observancy in order to do battle with those who do. [emphasis mine]
I count Matt Yglesias as a pretty thoughtful and incisive blogger, but sweet Jeebus H. Rove! He mocks the idea that "it’s somehow not good enough to just try to go along and get along and hope that things will sort themselves out ..."!?!

Exactly how many more centuries of going along and getting along before it's time to call off the experiment and conclude that baseless twaddle is here to stay if left unchecked? Before hazarding an answer to that, please remember that all the centuries to come will include nuclear weaponry, whether or not they include belief in tales of the world's glorious ending.

That religious idiocy will wane and eventually vanish if everyone just looks the other way, in the manner of a bout of flatulence, is a nice enough hypothesis as far as it goes. It's well time to declare it a dead end.

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