Oh, jesus…Chris Stedman is coming out with a book titled Faitheist, all about "How One Atheist Learned to Overcome the Religious-Secular Divide, and Why Atheists and the Religious Must Work Together", which leaves me with a strange gagging sensation in the back of my throat. My response is that people must work together on shared goals, but that faith and reason will always be deep and bitter enemies…and unlike Stedman, I am not confused about what side I'm on. I can share secular aspirations with religious people, but the moment they use me to rationalize or endorse faith-based folly, I'm out of there, and you should be too.
Ophelia Benson has the best send-up of Stedman ever, and you should read that…but I also have to point out this perfect comment from jejaime, which predicts Stedman's next book:
LEFT-TEA-IST: How one Leftist learned to overcome the Leftist-Tea Party divide, and why Leftists and the Tea Party must work together.
I also wonder if Stedman will acknowledge where his title came from, or is that too much reaching out to the wrong side, or maybe it detracts from stealing credit for a clever title?