Quiche Moraine

I have been frustrated at the verbal strikes against atheists who make the strong equation between science and atheism, and the criticism from groups who think it should be toned down. Yes, the "Accomodationism" thing, being lobbed at those who name them the Poster Boys, or the New Atheist Noise Machine.

But do they know if that has any real effect on the lack of interest in science in the United States? Polls show that since the New Atheists started publishing their wildly popular books, that while the acceptance of Evolution, Cosmology and other shapers of the "Life, The Universe and Everything" have not gained appreciably nor has there been a correlational drop.

At Quiche Moraine, I ask the Accommodationists to stop "shaming" atheists, and to develop approaches, you know, Scientifically.

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Comment by Johnsky on December 21, 2009 at 12:40am
There hasn't been an appreciable gain because peoples minds are hard to change once set.

To sum it up, I don't think it matters how hard either side yells... they're only hearing themselves.
Comment by Ian on December 20, 2009 at 9:49am
I just stuck a bookmark in your Quiche!

Thanks for sharing. When I hear accusations of the so-called new atheism being too aggressive, I shake my head. The religiously deluded want the world to stay stupid so that they can use the uneducated as a power base. The Islamo-Judeo-Christian mob would much prefer the atheists to go back to the old style of opposition: keeping quiet to avoid being burnt at the stake.

For many years, I treated religion as benign: god as santa for adults and no more threatening than faith in the tooth fairy. It is now clear that the future of human life on this planet is at risk because of the number of people who cling to iron aged misconceptions about reality. I am sick of policy being decided by people who are not only ignorant of science but actively deny the facts of their environment.

The "shut up, you're hurting my feelings" accusations are likely to get louder and we must stay the course. The nutters of god(s) are overt in their desire for the end of the world. I don't know what, if any, the purpose of life might be, but my genes are selfish and I want the DNA I have been entrusted with to continue to replicate until we have enough knowledge to answer such questions from fact rather than from fantasy.

And if that sounds too cold and scientific, let me put it another way: I would like to leave the world a better place for my kids and grand kids. Education and study are more likely to make that happen than any amount of blind belief in a hotch-potch of badly translated texts concocted by semi-literate desert nomads who thought the earth was the center of the universe.



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