There was something bothering me about Nisbets latest boom-boom.
It felt so… familiar.
And not in the sense that Nisbet is like Britney Spears ‘Gimme More‘ stuck on repeat.
In the sense I heard this story before somewhere else.
I figured it out last night: Hogfather.
Nisbet is Teatime– “I do so hope we’re going to be friends…” “We’re all friends here!”
“I’m an atheist…but a friendly atheist.”
PZ is Death– Remember that scene at the end, where Teatime is trying to make the little kids afraid of Death?
Teatime: “Ive caught this bogeyman!… A nasty, creepy, horrible skeleton!… A creepy man in a black robe!”
Little girl: “… Hes eating a biscuit.”
Little boy: “Its only a skeleton.”
Nisbet: “They’re usually angry, grumpy, uncharismatic male loners with a passion for attacking and ridiculing religious believers. Any fellow atheist who disagrees with their Don Imus rhetoric, they label as appeasers.
These “new atheists” are the dark under belly of atheism. In books, blogs, and public statements, they sell us ideological porn, sophomoric rants that feed our dark sides and reinforce our own unfair stereotypes about the “other,” i.e. the religious.”
Us: “… Hes holding a stuffed panda.”