Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Atheist, Old Atheist

"One would think that the recent report about sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church in Belgium was horrific enough that it did not need any embellishment," writes Tom Piatak, "[b]ut that’s not how Christopher Hitchens thinks" — Christopher Hitchens and the Days of Rage, Cont’d.

Atheist Brendan O’Neill argues that "it is worth pointing out the reality of the extent of allegations against the Catholic Church in order to expose the non-rationalist, anti-humanist underpinnings of the current fashion for Catholic-baiting amongst the liberal, opinion-forming classes in the US and the UK" — How the New Atheists are abusing the truth. "The wildly inaccurate claim about thousands of children being raped by the representatives of an institution which actively ‘protected and financed child rape’ suggests that modern-day atheism, this New Atheism, has zero interest in applying the tools of rational investigation and critical questioning to the problem of certain religions’ infrastructure, and instead is hellbent on using the politics of fear to invent a fantastical rape-happy ogre, in contrast to which it can pose as the pure defender of childlike innocence and societal integrity."

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Anonymous Tom Piatak said...

Thanks for posting this.

12:33 AM  

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