Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Vox Day’s Empty Arrogance

I had to laugh while reading Vox Day’s most recent bit of absurdity at the Worldnutdaily. It is, like nearly everything he writes, little more than a string of ad hominems and arrogant pronouncements rather than any actual arguments. He really does seem to think that a haughty sneer and an insult regarding some entirely irrelevant trait of one of his enemies magically defeats their arguments. To wit:

Now that its moment in the media sun has passed, the New Atheism is fading fast. Richard Dawkins has repeatedly demonstrated why he needs to be put out to intellectual pasture. He published an entire book dedicated to passing off an inference as a fact before belatedly discovering what everyone else knew already: His biggest fans are an unpleasant collection of socially maladjusted losers. Christopher Hitchens was repeatedly beaten up in debates by various Christians before being physically beaten by Syrians he had provoked. Then he took Dawkins’s OUT campaign a little more literally than anyone had expected and outed himself as an occasional homosexual. Sam Harris’ two accomplishments have been to create the amusingly misnamed Reason Project, which was founded for much the same reasons and is expected to have about the same success as Air America, and to publish a wildly irrational attack on one of America’s most celebrated and accomplished scientists in the New York Times that was completely disregarded by the Obama administration as well as everyone else.

No one has any idea what Daniel Dennett has been doing, but that’s understandable because no one, including the atheists who claim to be his fans, actually reads his books.

Notice what’s missing from all of that? Anything even remotely resembling a substantive argument. Is that really the best he can do? All this could have been stated in much more simple form:

“Richard Dawkins is a big poopyhead and Christopher Hitchens is gay!”

Wow, how convincing. Each of these men, of course, can be fairly criticized for a number of things. I’ve done a good bit of that criticism myself. But this is not criticism, this is nothing more than a bit of juvenile namecalling covered in a thin veneer of pseudo-intellectual pretension. Which is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Vox Day. What else does he have?