I mentioned that ghastly CNN hit piece on atheists the other day; I just saw it myself, and it’s far, far worse than I had imagined. You can see the whole thing with a transcript, too, and you should be appalled.
It starts off reasonably enough with a segment on a family of atheists who were ostracized in a small town; then it closes with some young Republican-looking talking head who babbles about how atheists bring it on themselves, and we should blame all the militant atheists for the fact that people feel compelled to shun those who don’t believe as they do. It was a weird blame-the-victim moment.
Then there’s the panel afterwards. Others have mentioned the odd omission of any atheists from the discussion, but I was also flabbergasted at the question they were debating, which was displayed in big letters on a board behind them:
Why do atheists inspire such hatred?
Whoa. Hey, Debbie Schlussel, how would you feel if a panel of Christians and Muslims met to discuss “Why do Jews inspire such hatred?”, and they decided that the problem is that Jews need to shut up and quit mentioning their beliefs in public? It’s probably silly to ask that of Schlussel who seems to be vapidity personified, but that’s really what the panel was about, with two (one was not sympathetic, but at least realized that atheists have the same rights he does) Christian twits telling us that atheists ought to shut up (literally) and that we ought to have prayers in school to restore morality.
It convinced me of a couple of things. I apparently have not been militant enough, and am going to have to work harder at aggressively promoting godlessness. And I’m adding CNN to my list of news agencies to ignore, along with Fox.
Update: I might just watch it tonight. They’re repeating the episode, this time with Richard Dawkins afterwards.