[FoRK] Scott Adams: "Atheists: The New Gays"

Stephen D. Williams < sdw at lig.net > on > Mon Nov 20 08:29:12 PST 2006

I forgot to include the original link to a Slashdot article:
http://politics.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/19/2252229

Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Too bad the first comment is from such a meathead.
>
> http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2006/11/atheists_the_ne.html 
>
>
> Atheists: The New Gays
>
> Is it my imagination or have the atheists come out of the closet (in 
> the United States) since 9/11?
>
> Prior to 9/11, it would have been career suicide for a public figure 
> to come right out and say God is a fairy tale. Now it’s a feature of 
> popular culture. You can see it on cable of course, in shows such as 
> BullSh*t, Real Time, The Daily Show, and Southpark. But it’s also a 
> feature of network TV. The main character on House is written as the 
> most brilliant human on the planet, and he’s an atheist. The new show 
> 3lbs has a similar character. I can’t remember anything like that ten 
> years ago.
>
> Famous atheist Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion is #5 on 
> Amazon.com. Sam Harris is right up there with his books The End of 
> Faith and Letters to a Christian Nation. They aren’t selling in 
> numbers anywhere approaching the top religious books, but they are 
> best sellers. When was the last time two books promoting atheism were 
> best sellers at about the same time?
>
> I think the hidden benefit of Islamic extremism is that it freed the 
> atheists from their closets. The old mindset in the United States was 
> that almost any religion was good, and atheism was bad. But since 
> 9/11, atheism has moved above Islam in the rankings, at least in the 
> minds of Christians and Jews in the United States.
>
> Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded 
> Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist 
> that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his 
> house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately.
>
> I think that in an election cycle or two you will see an atheist 
> business leader emerge as a legitimate candidate for president. And 
> his name will be Bill Gates.
>
> By then, Bill Gates will have done so much good for the world through 
> his charitable works that combined with his business success he’ll 
> appear more qualified than any other candidate. His early bachelor 
> life and some of his business practices will come back to haunt him if 
> he runs, but he can still win with this simple slogan: “Who would you 
> rather have on your side?” He’ll confess to all of his past 
> imperfections and say that presidents are poor choices for role 
> models. He’ll advise you to look to your parents for role models while 
> you let him run the country.
>
> I doubt Bill Gates is considering a run for president right now, 
> largely because it’s so hard to make a difference from that job. His 
> charities will have more impact. But I think he’ll someday realize 
> that the world needs a rational thinker in the top spot and no one 
> else can win.
>
> At least you’d know he wouldn’t be in it for the money or to speed up 
> the Rapture. He has my vote.
>
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