Another Perspective on Jacoby’s Essay

Hemant Mehta, who calls himself “The Friendly Atheist,” offers his take on Jacoby’s “Blessing of Atheism” essay:

 In a NYT article of her own in today’s paper, Susan Jacoby cites our withdrawal from the public eye in the wake of tragedies like Sandy Hook as part of the problem with atheism today — and part of why we don’t command influence despite our ever-growing numbers.

And

 The bigger question is how we can obtain that influence so that our message goes beyond the computer screen.

It figures.  The Gnus are trying to figure a way to exploit such tragedies to enhance their “influence.”  It’s always political.  Everything has to be about their quest for influence.

Of course, another word for influence is power.

Does it really change the meaning of those sentences to substitute that word?

In a NYT article of her own in today’s paper, Susan Jacoby cites our withdrawal from the public eye in the wake of tragedies like Sandy Hook as part of the problem with atheism today — and part of why we don’t command power despite our ever-growing numbers.

And

The bigger question is how we can obtain that power so that our message goes beyond the computer screen.

It’s all about the quest for power.

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One Response to Another Perspective on Jacoby’s Essay

  1. Crude says:

    I recall once, Mehta – I think it was Mehta – had a fundraiser for a church vandalized by atheists. An atheist brought that up to show that atheists could be giving and un-selfish. I pointed out (not argued, pointed out) it was motivated more by a desire for good PR than anything else.

    They were shocked and condemned my cynicism, demanding an explanation of why I would think that. I pointed at Mehta’s comments section on that topic, which was split between ‘this is great PR for atheism!’ and atheists condemning the act, insisting it’s never okay to give money to anything at all related to a church.

    Either way… I still remember (like, as recently as a year ago) atheists online lecturing that ‘there is no atheist movement’ and ‘atheists are not a cohesive group, the very idea that they want power is silly’.

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