[FoRK] Scott Adams: "Atheists: The New Gays"
Stephen D. Williams <
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Mon Nov 20 08:29:12 PST 2006
I forgot to include the original link to a Slashdot article:
Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> Too bad the first comment is from such a meathead.
> 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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