In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post, atheists Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman ask, “Why do Americans still dislike atheists?” The authors are perplexed on the subject since darn it, atheists are smarter, nicer, and more successful than anyone else, so what’s not to like?
What they seem to miss of course is the recent trend for New atheists to denigrate all non-atheists as dumb, deluded and dangerous. Call me dense, but it would seem that if someone claims everyone who doesn’t share their views is stupid, insane and hazardous to civilization then they are unlikely to win any popularity contests. Ever.
Of course, if atheists were as smart as the authors make them out to be, they would have figured this out by now, wouldn’t they?