Today’s L. A. Times reports on the big humanism meetings, and the opening doesn’t augur well for objective journalism:
As the largest organization of American atheists, agnostics and other religious skeptics gathered in Los Angeles this weekend, there was a predictable amount of scorn heaped on Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Religion was dismissed as “nonsense” and “superstition”; those who believe were described variously as “ignorant” and “stupid.”
Things get better, though, and the article cites these as “good days, generally speaking, for the nonreligious.” All the big guns get a mention, and they cite my favorite moment of everything I watched:
When Mooney, a leading voice for accommodation, said there was nothing to stop a nonreligious person from being spiritual, Myers’ reaction was nearly physical. “Whenever we start talking about spirituality,” he said, “I just want to puke.”
Agreed! How can Mooney, The Great Communicator, think that if atheist accommodationists and atheist non-accommodationists both emphasize their common spirituality, everything will magically improve and the faithful will suddenly come to Darwinism? Once again I must pull out my favorite Orwell quote: “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”