I just discovered a short write-up of an encounter I had at the Reason Rally with a gang of evangelicals.
Blake Anderson and I had a very pleasant talk with him. Blake invited him to his church again; Myers had already blogged on Blake’s earlier email invitation to him. He declined explaining that he liked to be polite in public but he could not be polite in church. He acknowledged we were being polite here. He asked, “Are they ridiculing you here?” We said they hadn’t been so far. He said, “They should be.”
Leave it to Christians to think that being polite was a triumph. They set the bar very low for themselves, don’t they?
I do like this comment, though.
In that short interaction, PZ Myers was quite charming, quite polite and warm, and at the same time quite intentionally insulting and rude.
It’s a gift.