Most neo-atheists that I know tend to want to distance themselves from Hitchens – his blood runs a bit too hot. They usually put forth Dennett and Dawkins as much more responsible spokesman for the ‘movement’.
But in an article today on new atheism ads on London buses, Dawkins is quoted as saying, ‘This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think – and thinking is anathema to religion.’
I know I am being reactionary here, but people that say stupid shit like that just don’t deserve to be taken seriously. What a tired, clearly false, and frankly adolescent attitude. Grow up, get over your juvenile soundbites about religion, and read something (Aquinas, Augustine, Kierkegaard, even Pope Benedict). This attitude that atheists have a monopoly on ‘real thinking’ is just so ridiculous, so inane, and so obviously false that I have a hard time understanding how intelligent people like Dawkins can utter such things. Guess what, not all Christians are anti-intellectual biblical literalists. How stupid to think they are! What I find so incredibly frustrating is the hordes of ‘free thinking’ atheists who lap up this sour milk from their prophets as if it were obvious truth.
I’ll stop now. In fact, I should probably sit the next couple plays out.