“If God does not exist, all is permitted.“ -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.
Townhall’s resident hipster doofus, Doug Giles, can think of only two things that humans, liberated from God and religious restrictions, would do: fuck exuberantly and lord their intellectual superiority over non-atheists.
Well, no one reading Atheism: An Intellectual Revolt or Pelvic Rebellion? would ever confuse Giles with Dostoyevsky.
For some reason Richard Dawkins is ignored completely but such MTV notables as Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley, and Bertrand Russell are quoted -- this in a column in which Giles adopts the persona of Cletus Del Roy Spuckler to explain how atheism is really the opiate of … the atheists.
The only contemporary and sort-of-still-alive atheist Giles quotes is the libido-killing Christopher Hitchens: “The divorce between the sexual life and fear . . . can now at last be attempted on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse.”
Better if we just banished all Hitchens from the discourse.
Okay, so Giles is convinced that the primary motivation for the willfully unchurched and nonbelieving is unhampered humping. More than that: unhampered humping with no hell to pay.
No surprise there. But where Giles really sells it to his followers is the way he imagines atheists, no doubt in mid-fornication, view the faithful, including himself: “Heck…I’m just a hayseed, cross-eyed Christian with an IQ of 50 who believes in Jesus, loves his mama, salutes the flag and collects guns. I’m an idiot.”
Even Richard Dawkins would be moved to say a prayer for the man.
Photo of Christopher Hitchens via Chase Me Ladies, I’m With the Cavalry.
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