David Klinghoffer has outdone himself. For a guy who thinks the discovery of an extrasolar planet is a challenge to materialism, the bar for the dumbest thing he’s ever said is already high, but he has cleared it with room to spare:
In a sense, there are no atheists.
He’s right, in a sense. In the sense that we can arbitrarily redefine words to mean whatever the hell we want them to mean. Let’s look at some equally valid examples:
In a sense, all mammals are descended from snakes.
This is true, in a sense, because I define snakes as small Triassic insectivores.
In a sense, there are no dump trucks.
This is true, in a sense, because I define dump trucks as wine bottles that magically refill themselves.
In a sense, David Klinghoffer is a ghost.
This is true, in a sense, because I define ghosts as human beings who occasionally say monumentally stupid things.