I’m not sure whether he’s making some kind of obscure point, or just trolling, but John Scalzi gave a recent installment of his “Big Idea” series over to the witterings of “Vox Day,” talking about his book The Irrational Atheist. Curse you, Scalzi, for getting me to even look at that.
And it’s not just me– John undoubtedly has readers who had never encountered Mr. “Day” before. Don’t you know that exposing innocent people to “Vox Day” has been classified as a war crime, and earnes you ten thousand years in Purgatory?
Anyway, having spent a bunch of time recently complaining about a lack of moderation among the local militant atheists, I should probably take this opportunity to calmly and moderately say:
“Vox Day” is a fucking lunatic.
I’d be more specific about what’s wrong with this piece in particular, but it really just failed to resolve into… anything, really. There were recognizable English words arranged into patterns approximating English sentences, but the whole mess seemed to be devoid of any kind of coherent point. It was clear, though, that it wasn’t worth the mental effort that would be required to wring a drop of sense out of it.
I have, however, encountered “Day” before, elswhere on the Internet, and found him a thoroughly repulsive little troll, whose most enlightened political opinions aspire to some day rise to the level of “troglodytic.” So, really, the chances of him making a useful and important contribution to the discourse on the question of religion are about as good as the chances of a bunny made of cheese materializing on my desk and singing “I’m a Little Teapot.”
I have no idea why John posted that, unless he had a bet with some other author that he could make 20,000 people dumber by three IQ points in the course of an afternoon.