Oh, joy. We’ve got a new crop of persistent Religiots pissing and moaning in the comments. They’re whining that I’m mean, that all the regular commenters are mean, that the fact that some good scientists are also Christian somehow validates Christian belief, that I can’t criticize scientists who are working at more prestigious universities, and that my tactics are bad. I don’t know why they’re here; it’s not as if we’re going to be converted by their inanities, or that they’re going to persuade us to accept any of their claims.
Let’s break it down into simple sentences and ideas.
Yeah, we’re mean. We’re actually rather proud of it, so don’t waste your breath. Do you also walk up to Keira Knightley and tell her she’s beautiful, expecting that she’ll start wearing a bag over her head?
We know that you can be a good scientist and religious, and I’ve never said otherwise. Some great scientists have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, too. It doesn’t mean ALS is a good thing.
Swarms of perfervid Christians and timid agnostics and atheists waving their arms and urgently warning us that atheist strategies aren’t working isn’t exactly scaring us. It’s not as if we’re stupid enough to believe you want us to have more effective strategies for deprogramming victims of the church.
You aren’t going to deter us.
Here is the bottom line.
There is this old myth about a god who has sex with his human mother to give birth to himself, who grows up to be killed (but not really), and this depreciated sacrifice somehow means everyone else gets to go to heaven when they die. If they believe it, that is; otherwise they go to hell and suffer for eternity.
Now I’m supposed to…
…believe in this fairy tale myself;
…believe that accepting this fairy tale helps people be better human beings;
…believe that accepting this fairy tale helps people be better scientists;
…regard people who swallow this fairy tale with the same respect I do those who see through the nonsense;
…refrain from criticizing this fairy tale; and/or
…pretend this fairy tale isn’t a load of ridiculous bullshit.
No, it’s never going to happen. I will never accept or even respect your fairy tale.
One more try. Here’s a simple statement that, if you grasp it, you will realize there is no point hanging around here anymore.
The Nicene Creed is not a profession of the basic orthodoxy of the Christian faith. It’s a rationality test.
If you believe one line of it, you’ve failed.