Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Election Of A New Member

Recently Jamie Whyte wrote an article in The Times which said, inter alia:-

"The Enlightenment idea that beliefs should be based on evidence and reason is losing ground. Many Westerners claim the right to believe whatever they like - from Christianity to astrology to homeopathy - whether or not their views are supported by even a shred of evidence.

And despite their intellectual frivolity, they also claim a right to be taken seriously. They expect their prejudice (or "faith", as they prefer to call it) to be protected by limitations on free speech and to be pandered to in tax funded hospitals and schools.

Tony Blair is eager to oblige them. Of course, he is himself a man of superstition. But even among more rational politicians I sense a drift towards the idea that state services should reflect the distribution of stupidity in the population. It is a shame. Nothing could be less in need of government subsidy than stupidity."

Couldn't have said it better myself, Jamie. And on the strength of that article, I hereby elect you to a lifelong membership of 'The Anti-Theist and Misoclere Society'.


Papalazarou said...

Jamie Whyte is a man after my own heart. My query is this though, "How did he get it publihed?" most atheists and anti-theists are quietly censored before they get anywhere near the public media.

However he managed it let us all hope that our new member continues in similar vein.

The Merchant of Menace said...

I've emailed you a copy of the article.