Rod Dreher: Against atheist fundamentalism
By ROD DREHER - THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
Added: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to JoeT for the link.
And how did you spend your summer? Having more fun, I hope, than the English kids marched off to Camp Quest, a five-day atheist camp supported in part by Oxford scientist Richard Dawkins. The idea, Dawkins said, is "to encourage children to think for themselves." Yes, well, as long as they don't think well of religion, tykes are welcome to join his herd of independent minds.
It's hard to see the pleasure of sitting around the campfire, learning from grown-ups that the world is disenchanted after all. (No ghost stories for you, lad!) But if eat-your-spinach skepticism strikes your fancy, the Lone Star version of Camp Quest will be a one-day affair in late summer, sponsored by the North Texas Church of Freethought (www.churchoffreethought.org).
Hmm. One doesn't quite know what to make of an atheist church. Most people, when they cease to believe in the Easter bunny, don't hold monthly services to celebrate the non-existence of a peripatetic paschal rabbit. But you know Dallas: We're so religious that even the atheists go to church. For the record, at their next service, the freethinkers will focus on invisibility. Ah, reason.
Most atheists I know don't care for religion, obviously, but aren't angry about it. Not so the True Unbelievers – the Dawkinses and their followers – who prove that you don't have to be religious to be a fundamentalist.
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