Andrew Sullivan wonders:
Click through (it’s just a link post) and you get to Anthony Pinn wondering:
Non-theists are due for a bit of introspection, for an honest assessment of atheist and humanist missions and objectives: What is the basic concern – the destruction of religion? Or, more specifically, the destruction of the poor patterns of thinking, communication, and practice supported by theistic religion? Does the development of human societies that are reasonable and more progressive require the end of religion or simply the containment of its most harmful dimensions? It’s the latter that matters most. If traditional forms of religion go away (and I use this phrasing because I think the term “religion” isn’t restricted to theistic modalities of expression) some despicable human practices will lose their cosmic rationale.
Fuck that noise; militant altruism is one of the “despicable human practices” Pinn purportedly wants to contain.
I’ll tell you what I want — to be left alone. Doesn’t matter if you’re a god-botherer or a militant atheist or a nanny-statist or a Randroid: If I don’t have the time or inclination to do business with you I want you to quit wasting your time with me and go do something more productive elsewhere. Save a place for me in the ranks of your crusading army if you must — I can’t and oughtn’t stop you; it’s your army, not mine — but don’t go telling people that you’re marching on my behalf unless and until I actually show up.