Some chilling strategies of Neo-atheists
Here’s a strategy:
Point to some negative consequence, single out a belief system or people group that you don’t particularly like, make a connection–no matter how tenuous–and suggest a solution.
Let’s see it applied using an example we’re all familiar with the Discovery Institute using (paging John West!):
Eugenics -> Darwinism -> Teach ID.
See how easy that is. Except what’s interesting is that the strategy is one that Regis Nicoll feels is one that is being used by the "neo-atheists" (yes, the usual suspects of Dawkins, Harris & Hitchens get hauled out). Nicoll, a Centurion of the Wilberforce Forum (whatever that means), feels that the bad old atheists are also using other strategies, including: Targeting the Young! Making Young Clones! Dissolving into a "Supermind"!
The irony of the end of his piece is apparently lost on Nicoll:
The conclusion of numerous studies complied by the Heritage Foundation, is that deep religious commitment is strongly associated with stable marriages and families, well-adjusted and better educated children, and lower incidences of domestic violence, divorce, crime, addictive behaviors and ex-offender recidivism.
Implied is that lack of religious commitment leads to all sorts of evils, as in
Bad stuff -> Atheism -> ??
He just forgot to finish his strategy.
Update: Ooooooh, it gets better. Nicoll has a blog. Read "Global Warming and the Culture of Death" and his defense of Antony Flew. Unfortunately, you have to join their little community to leave comments.