Jeffrey Taylor is an angry atheist who writes for salon.com. As you might guess, the angry atheist is once again angry. And what makes the angry atheist angry? Religion. Of course. Taylor’s recent excuse to coddle and nurture his anger is President Obama’s proclamation for a National Day of Prayer. Taylor goes off on a long rant about it. For example:
But I won’t deal with the faith-imbued cretinism of the Republicans in this essay. What concerns me now is what President Obama has just wrought to insult that most aggrieved (yet steadfastly growing) American minority, the advocates of reason, those who insist on evidence before accepting the truth of a given proposition, especially grand propositions about the origins of the universe and our species. On Wednesday, President Obama marked the deeply pathetic traditional outrage to rationalism that is the National Day of Prayer (since 1988 the first Thursday of May) with a proclamation bearing the stark, yet somehow comically august, title “A PROCLAMATION.”
Did you catch that? The most aggrieved American minority? The Angry Atheist wants to play the “Atheist as Victim” card. That’s hilarious.
What’s even more amusing is how Taylor pats himself on the back and engages in self-flattery. How so? By portraying the Gnus as “advocates of reason, those who insist on evidence before accepting the truth of a given proposition.” Anyone who has ever interacted with Gnu atheists knows, from experience and empirical evidence, that the Gnus are NOT advocates of reason, insisting on evidence before accepting the truth of a given proposition. In reality, they tend more to be advocates of emotion (usually anger and hate), insisting others accept their truths or be mocked.
Taylor himself shows this attitude. Consider this Champion of Reason’s “argument” for abolishing the National Day of Prayer:
In 1952, in the depths of the Cold War confrontation with the atheist Soviet Union, Congress birthed the noisome basilisk of a law establishing the NDOP, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation valiantly (but unsuccessfully, of course) challenged in 2008 on (obvious) First Amendment grounds. Fresh challenges should be mounted until the NDOP goes the way of Jim Crow. To do my part in the fight for true secularism, I hereby contest the constitutionality of Obama’s issuance of Lord-positive declarations from his podium as the chief officer of our officially godless republic, if only because such declarations menace the mental health and intellectual development of children. After all, in 1962 the Supreme Court decided against allowing prayer in public schools, so how is it that the president can use his office as a platform to call on us to beseech the “Almighty”? Children might be exposed to such corrupting speech and suffer the same retardation religion has historically inflicted on science and education. If nothing else, the White House Web page displaying the Proclamation should carry the warning “CONTAINS RELIGIOUS SPEECH — NOT SUITABLE FOR MINORS.”
So the Champion of Reason has declared war on the National Day of Prayer “if only because” it “menaces the mental health and intellectual development of children?” One problem. Apart from the fear-mongering, does Taylor have any evidence that NDOP menaces the mental health and intellectual development of children? Nope. He has none. Zero. Zilch. Nada. So the guy who promotes himself as Champion of Reason clearly believes something without evidence, to the point where he will do his “part in the fight for true secularism.”
And don’t forget this:
Children might be exposed to such corrupting speech and suffer the same retardation religion has historically inflicted on science and education.
Again, no evidence. Just imaginary bogey-men. Generations of children have already been exposed to “such corrupting speech.” Have they suffered the same retardation religion has historically inflicted on science and education when they put men on the moon?
Clearly, Taylor is grasping for straws through the blurred vision of his red faced rage. In reality, the only one “menaced” by the NDOP are militant atheists like Taylor who, because of their anger management issues and extreme, delicate hypersensitivity, feel “aggrieved” and insist we turn this nation into one big Atheist Safe Space.
New Atheists constantly peddle the narrative of atheists as bold, outspoken champions of Reason and Evidence. Yet again and again, the evidence indicates they are special snowflakes in need of Safe Spaces. That’s why Taylor tries to use children as human sheilds in his fight for true secularism. It’s not the children who feel menaced; its people like Taylor.