If the atheists of the world could ever organize themselves into a non-religious church, their first Pope would undoubtedly be Richard
I have been lucky enough to have interviewed the two most famous atheists in the world, Professor Dawkins himself and the late Christopher Hitchens.
And while there was little difference in their arguments, there was one thing that did differentiate them; Christopher had a sense of humour; Dawkins, not so much.
Therein lies the problem I have with atheism.
Atheists are not being prosecuted or silenced. They are lovingly tended by media interviewers, me included, and their nuanced arguments are politely acknowledged.
The problem to me is that they won’t shut up about it.
The public, endless public profession of atheism to me reflects a whiny, whinging self-pitying narcissism. More.
National newspaper columnist Elizabeth Renzetti, an atheist herself, agrees. Unholier than thou!: Renzetti here, “Heavens, we atheists have become a smug, dreary lot”
Gosh, when you are alienating government broadcasters (Enright works for one) and reliably progressive papers like Renzetti’s, face it, your act isn’t playing to the crowd any more.
Come to think of it, when was the last time atheist centres were firebombed? Don’t we associate those problems with a different type of minority? Wait till the atheists meet up with people who really do persecute.
PS: Some have asked what “whinging” means. It means (as used among Brits and Canucks) whining tiresomely enough to make people cringe.