NPR reports a doctrinal schism among atheists. The burning question: Do they treat Christians with tolerance, or open hatred? Pro-war, any-war supporter and all-around rat Christopher Hitchens noisily advocates the same approach he urges in the Middle East — total war:
New atheists like Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins and journalist Christopher Hitchens are selling millions of books and drawing people by the thousands to their call for an uncompromising atheism.
For example, Hitchens, a columnist for Vanity Fair and author of the book God Is Not Great, told a capacity crowd at the University of Toronto, “I think religion should be treated with ridicule, hatred and contempt, and I claim that right.” His words were greeted with hoots of approval.
Religion is “sinister, dangerous and ridiculous,” Hitchens tells NPR, because it can prompt people to fly airplanes into buildings, and it promotes ignorance. Hitchens sees no reason to sugarcoat his position.
“If I said to a Protestant or Quaker or Muslim, ‘Hey, at least I respect your belief,’ I would be telling a lie,” Hitchens says.
What draws atheists together? What bond can there be among people who share a negative? I can just imagine myself approaching people with, “Hey, I don’t play the saxaphone! Do you?” “No, neither do I!” “Great! Let’s form a club!”
Hitchens’ more honest approach is also the more revealing. Only hatred can bring such folks together. Hitchens, a Trotskyite who’s equally vocal about his hatred of Southern heritage, is certainly more consistent, too. Ideologues who regard both tradition and Western culture as speed bumps impeding theirn notion of progress go by numerous names — Neocons hiss at any favorable mention of the South, and their fellow traveler leftists often fantasize about eliminating the West’s traditional demographics, the essential soil that sustains Western, Christian civilization.
I hope the more militant faction of atheists wins so conservative Christians can see the face of evil for what it really is, as opposed to letting it hide behind its old mask of showy tolerance.