The League of Dwight K Schrute Internet Atheism

So on March 14, some internet atheist I’d never heard of decided to rake me over the coals for liking Francis, Argentinian History’s Greatest Monster.

Only problem: in his malice, the atheist blogger just ran with whatever crap he could without finding out if it was, you know, true.

I then pointed out that the Internet Atheist, in his profound commitment to truth, had slandered a good man.

Days pass after I post. And this was already after weeks had passed since the initial slanderous post.

Suddenly, some pissy minion of the Internet Atheist shows up in my combox demanding to know why I haven’t acknowledged that the IA had (f i n a l l y) corrected his blog entry. It did not, of course, occur to him that the only reason I had responded to Napoleon Dynamite with a Mean Streak at all was because he had called me out by name to insult the Holy Father on false charges and that I had given him no further thought once the falsity of his claim had been documented. Instead, with the supreme social skillfulness that the League of Dwight K Schrute Internet Atheism is known for, there followed a series insulting posts in my comboxes that I deleted for the very good reason that I feel no obligation whatever to play host to people with the social skills of Grumpy Facebook Cat.

Now Dwight has a new post up demanding to know why I don’t play host to the League of Dwight K. Schrute Internet Atheists in my comboxes.

To quote Louis Armstrong’s answer to the question “What is jazz?”: “If you have to ask, you’ll never know.”

Here’s the deal: if you are a socially maladroit jerk who owes an apology to an innocent man, you make the apology and shut up. Your apology does not create a corresponding obligation to afford you a forum for being a jerk in my comboxes. Being the warm, fuzzy, and clement person I am I allowed you a little room to comment, mostly to permit documentation of what socially maladroit jerks you and your pals are. After that, you’re gone. And you’ll be gone from the comboxes on this thread.

Consider your function on my blog as Serving as a Warning to Others.

That is all.

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  • Alexander Anderson

    Galileo and condoms and sex abuse! Galileo and condoms and sex abuse! Aren’t you AWARE of these things, Mark? They are rock solid evidence that Jesus never existed or something. Also, Benedict was tempermentally different than Francis. How can you praise both of these gentlemen? I mean, your temperment is different than mine, so you must be evil.

    It gets so tired. How often do we have to hear the same talking points over and over? I don’t usually go over to the atheist portal, at least bot lately, but I don’t feel like I have to because I never encounter anything new there. (With some exceptions. Leah was good but she’s obviously over here now and the “prayer experiment”, I forget who started it, was at least interesting if a bit juvenile.) I don’t get it. Why are most atheists today Dawkins clones (unless we talk about meaning, then they will usually grab a little Sartre, which I’m not sure is compatible with Dawkins, but I digress) when there’s far more interesting atheism out there? I hardly see any good Neitzscheans or Existentialists, at least not consistent ones. The Dawkinsite craze is a cancer that gnaws on the intellectual integrity of atheism.

  • Baltimore Catechesis

    I find the missionary zeal of these folks astonishing. It’s like Darwin or someone said “Go forth and preach to all nations and tell them they’re real stupid. Thus you shall convert them!”
    Or maybe they’re just like the ex girl/boyfriend who calls three times a day to tell you that They Are Really So Over You!
    In any event, they seem to spend a lot of time considering the Stupidness of Us instead of the Awesomeness of Them.

  • Michael Röhm

    Facts are racist, sexist, ageist, classist, and ableist. Stop using them, you racist.

    • Mike in KC, MO

      Yeah, Shea! You’re the Naziest Nazi who ever Nazied, you NAZI!!!!

  • Maolsheachlann O Ceallaigh

    Leave Dwight K. Schrute alone, he’s my hero. Being plagued by self-consciousness, I would give my right hand to be as blissfully free from self-doubt and self-awareness as he is. Stick with Napoleon Dynamite for the New Atheist comparisons, please.

    “My German is pre-industrial and mostly religious.”

    • Mark Shea

      The eyes are the groin of the head. – Dwight K. Schrute, Master Fighter

  • Jude Keck

    “Shunned. Un-shunned. Re-shunned.”