On Saturday, Salon published an article by Steve Stankevicius that appeared to be yet another slam on the New Atheists. In other words, a typical Salon article.
The title was “New atheists must become new vegans: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the extra burden on moral leaders.”
Those first six words made it sound like a mandate, and it invited the obvious rebuttals that atheism doesn’t mean anything beyond not believing in a god. Atheists don’t have to be Democrats, pro-choice, vegan, etc., even if many are. And the inclusion of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris in the headline makes it sound like the author was purposely attacking them.
What’s ironic about all this is that the person who seems most upset about this article and Salon‘s handling of it is Steve Stankevicius.