Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Stupid! It Burns! (shoot yourself in the foot edition)

the stupid! it burns! Wow. I'm reading an otherwise well-written and reasonably intelligent essay until I hit this gem of stupidity in the footnotes, which completely undermines the entire article.

A Theology of Disbelief: Women, Religion, and Atheism
Feel free to argue with me until you’re blue in the face, but New Atheism is as much a religious movement as fundamentalist Christianity. Even without a specific unifying doctrine of beliefs and a codified church law and no tax exempt status, new atheism is what scholars call a “quasi-religion” like Marxism.
I'd argue with the author (actually, that's not really necessary, since she herself supplies without rebuttal a fairly persuasive argument against her own position, but she explicitly says she's impervious to reason, that she will hold her belief no matter what.

Sorry, Meg: you shot yourself in the foot and displayed your fundamental lack of intellectual integrity.

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