I know the blogosphere seems like a self-feeding monster, to you. And you’re probably right. But I’m going to link to something Dan J wrote, because it argues my position better than I could hope to.
Believe me sir when I say I am behind you. I agree to some small degree with both Chris Mooney (regarding mostly that incivility gets your meaning drowned out in drama), and (to a much greater degree) DuWayne Brayton (regarding that screaming at idiots has a utility function), but neither of them compare to the truth you spew forth from your envenomed fingertips onto the keyboard of life. We are the thin end of the wedge. We, the reasonable, those that are swayed by logic and proper argumentation, are the only real bulwark against the religious nonsense lapping at the shores of the public consciousness.
Maybe one day I’ll explain why I’m all confrontationalist about this stuff, even though I believe mostly in civility in argumentation. Or maybe I already have, and it’s in my Religion archives. I’m not even sure myself! It’s like a game!