Exhausted from weeks—nay, months—with very little sleep, I’m gonna punt on any more substantive posts today and throw this one to the readers. Here’s one possible topic that was inspired by the “atheist death column” I mentioned this morning, which included this old saw:
[George] Yancy: I agree with you that atheists don’t have a monopoly on not committing egregious wrongs, but I don’t think that there are atheists who commit such wrongs in the name of atheism. What is your view of that?
[Todd] May: Whether atheists have committed wrongs in the name of atheism is a tricky question. The Soviet Union, for instance, persecuted Jews and other believers in the name of a doctrine that they at least saw as tied to atheism, and today the Chinese government is committing genocidal acts against the Uighurs for related reasons. Even if we lay those aside, the condescension that some prominent atheists display toward religious believers, although not nearly as grievous, is nothing to be particularly proud of. (Of course, historically we atheists haven’t fared too well at the hands of organized religion, either.)
The question: Do prominent atheists really display offensive condescension towards believers, and, if so, has it worked against the cause of antitheism? Or, in other words, has Richard Dawkins’s atheism been counterproductive to the movement to rid the world of religious delusion?
But you needn’t talk about that, as there are surely a lot of things you want to discuss or beef about.
Here’s another: is anything particularly bothering you about America now?
Or another: What are you having for dinner (include beverage, especially if it’s wine)?
Have at it. I’ll be back with an animal post later this afternoon.