[I apologize for the long hiatus in posting. I have been preoccupied with other issues.]
I’ve been trying to figure out what I found so annoying about this gathering of atheists.
A couple of things I can identify right away. Cara Santa Maria has the worst case of vocal fry I have ever been assaulted with. You could serve up her voice with black pudding and field mushrooms. “Once considered a speech disorder,” says Science magazine. Once? She also, without any contextual or stylistic justification, lets loose a taboo word. That’s not to mention her face iron and tattoos. Is there a ranch somewhere breeding these types?
And then, the other panelists are all lefties. They are the very nicest kind of lefties, thoughtful and erudite ─ the kind you’d invite to a dinner party ─ and of course I don’t mind their scoffing at virgin births, golden tablets, and the rest (though why does the Ganesh Milk Miracle never get a mention in these discussions?) but how do they manage to foul the air with so much cool, damp smugness?
Sure, these people are a lot smarter than the average bear. Do they have to be quite so up-front about it, though? Rich people used to wear shabby clothes and have beaten-up furniture. There was much to be said for that.
And of course, the panelists are all Left Creationists. Their enthusiasm for evolution by natural selection stops dead around 100K years ago so far as Homo sap. is concerned. Why are they never called on this?
If you are baffled at why atheists are so disliked in the U.S.A., index your bafflement at 100. Then watch that video clip (it’s 45 minutes). The bafflement index, you’ll find, has dropped below 20.