Here’s an interesting take on the current atheist rage in America, from The Phoenix.
There are several lines that strike me in a bad way, though, even when I know the reporter James Parker is just trying to be cute with words.
There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
The apostles of unbelief are having their Pentecostal moment. The spirit is upon them, endowing them with the gift of tongues and commanding them to spread the Bad News.
That needs to stop.
The Da Vinci Code?! The reporter thinks these books are a backlash against The Da Vinci Code?! No! That’s a work of fiction. We don’t care about that.
In pure publishing terms, this mini-boom in godlessness can be interpreted as a backlash against the mumbo-jumbo juggernaut of The Da Vinci Code and its ilk.
The atheist books are a backlash against the Religious Right, Falwell, Robertson, Dobson, irrational thinking, religious indoctrination, and so much more.
Secularism is not glorious: it’s a dude in Starbucks tweaking his Blackberry.
And that’s just the first three paragraphs.
It gets better after that, though. I promise.
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