Some reactions to the site in its first days:
- Moxie (“Perfectly timed… I’ll be reading it, and you should too.”)
- Opining Online (“I hope that it does not devolve into merely discussion of evolution and whether God exists.”)
- Social Services for Feral Children (“attempting to build a voice for people on the right who wish to justify their political and cultural positions without reference to God or gods. As an agnostic libertarian, I want to see more of this.”)
- David Heddle (“If the early posting is any indication, it looks no more intelligent and exhibits no better writing skill than its fundamentalist counterpart.”)
- B.J. O’Keefe (“From my initial visit, I’d say this is a good one to watch”).
- Floyd at Threedonia (“I guess they have decided that the oogedy boogedy folks like me (and the company I keep with Newton, Augustine, Luther, Aquinas, and most of the Founders) are what’s wrong with conservatism.”)
- Andrew Sullivan would like James Dobson to tell it to us.
- Eve Tushnet, probably the only blogger to use the phrase “conservatism considered as a helix of semiprecious stones” as a post tag, looks forward to seeing how libertarian/ traditionalist splits play out in our columns and adds: “When I was an undergrad, we sometimes referred to the ‘Romantic Atheist Faction’ of conservatism. I hope we’ll see some of that on the blog.”
- More: South Texian, Unreligious Right, David Kirkpatrick, Rite Wing TechnoPagan, Mormon Metaphysics sideblog, Cranky Conservative (doesn’t think Thomas Jefferson makes a proper conservative quote-source), Michael Greenspan, Friendly Atheist, Anniceris (in French), Best Election Ever, Mori Dinauer @ American Prospect “Tapped”, West Virginia Rebel @ Right-Thinking from the Left Coast (on Heather’s Thanksgiving thoughts), and Jacob Grier.
That’s aside from the earlier-mentioned posts by Razib (and again and on TalkIslam.info), by John at NRO “Corner” (and again and again), and by me at Overlawyered. Also at NRO “Corner”, John Miller seems to consider it a point in favor of relatively pious Founder Sam Adams that “he would never have joined a blog called Secular Right”; also, allusively, Kathryn Lopez. And Ann Althouse has an eyeball-centric follow-up to her earlier post.
I am familiar with Davide Headle from ScienceBlogs. At least you can say he’s consistent and never deviates from what you expect from him.
David Heddle has already conceded that his favorite argument is nonsense on the “Dinesh Does Cosmology” thread, so that should save some time dealing with him from now on.
The hostility and scorn generated amongst (at least a segment of) the Corner types at the mere concept of this blog is quite telling.
Ken: No kidding. I think it was K-Lo who mused, a few weeks ago, that “belief in God is the core of conservatism” or some such. Somewhere, John Locke’s descendents are crying.
You had me at hello . . .
but you risked losing me when you accepted Andrew Sullivan’s kudos.
Please, I won’t ask if you don’t tell me that Sullivan supports this site.
Be glad for Corner linkage: it resulted in my insightful commentary. 🙂 In all seriousness, great stuff, keep it up.
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