I responded with a satire saying that Christians should protest by joining atheist groups that did not want them to join. I even referenced the Supreme Court case so that atheists not attuned to current events would not get confused. As an added precaution, I used the title “An Immodest Proposal” so that potentially offended atheists would understand – even if they are not quite as Swift as my other readers.
But the atheists were still confused. So I am becoming a skeptic on the issue of whether they really are much smarter than Christians - as they so often claim to be. I guess you could say that I can’t take their claims on mere faith alone. I’m going to have to see some more evidence – preferably scientific evidence - before my beliefs evolve. Evolution is a long process, you know.
2. It was judgmental. I’m not very receptive when atheists give me unsolicited moral advice. The reason I’m not receptive is that these atheists can never explain the basis of their morals. Generally, they try to rely upon some sort of consensus among “rational thinkers.” But, in this case, such reasoning has no real applicability. Most of the people reading the column understood it except for a few dozen atheists. Besides, it is silly to chastise a person for an “intention to marginalize and harass” when they have no intention to marginalize and harass. Where satire is present, real intention is generally absent. Personally, I think we should eliminate intellectual poverty by eating the babies of those who miss that very crucial point.
3. It did not engage the right debate with the right person. Just in case Bryan is still in the dark I would like to add that he’s really not having a quarrel with me. He’s having a quarrel with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is the author of that silly opinion. If Bryan found my satirical opinion to be “inappropriate” then guess what? Bryan found the real Ginsburg opinion to be “inappropriate.”
I hope Bryan will take the time to write a complaint to Justice Ginsburg’s boss. Then, I hope he’ll pick up a copy of “A Modest Proposal.” Maybe that’ll teach him to appreciate satire. And maybe some day the atheist will learn to respect other beliefs and mind his own DAMNED business.