An alternative title for this post might be: Atheism has a jerk problem.
My experiences are leading me to worry that strident attitudes against religion are harming efforts to diversify our scientific communities.
I had to renew my driver’s license this month. I considered heading to the DMV dressed like this:
I wish Richard Dawkins stuck to writing science books.
if you’re concerned that religion too often interferes with rationality (as I do), then being a petulant booby about it won’t do much good. Frans de Waal is more my kind of speed.
And, They Might Be Giants are too. This one song is probably going to make more change than the collected writings of Dawkins, Coyne and Myers. Just because you’re correct about the absence of a god doesn’t mean you should be annoying about it. You can’t win hearts and minds that way, you got to be a little more lighthearted about it. Start with the kids.
(song starts at 0:20)