Poor Vic Stenger—the sole strident atheist at HuffPo. His columns (the latest is “Why religion should be confronted“) are always buried in the bowels of the Religion section. And for good reason, too:
In America “people of faith” are treated with great deference. They are assumed to be persons of the highest moral standards–exemplars of goodness, kindness, and charity. But why should that be? How does faith qualify a person for such high esteem? After all, faith is belief in the absence of supportive evidence and even in light of contrary evidence. How can such a frame of mind be expected to result in any special insight? How foolish it is to build a society based on faith. And how foolish we are to respect the beliefs of people of faith.
I highly recommend Stenger’s latest book, The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason.