Monday, January 17, 2005

The Religious Right vs. the Nihilist Left

Despite innumerable lawsuits and a myriad of melodramatic lawyer shows all beating the tocsin against impending theocracy in America, it just isn't going to happen. Atheists profess to fear the growing political power of the "Religious Right", as if Christian soldiers stand ready to stage a bloody coup and toss out the Bill of Rights. The reality is that the "Religious Right" is a loose coalition of common interests that will never even agree on whether God's power and glory is "forever" or "forever and ever". The idea of this group overturning the establishment clause of the US constitution is an absurd strawman argument.

The truth is that the atheist faction of the left has far more power, being deeply rooted in basic institutions - science, academia, and entertainment - and has never been shy about mocking any expression of religious or spiritual thinking. The mere mention of God is enough to get tongues wagging and legislation written. Scientific American even printed a piece purporting to set the probability of God's existence at 2%. (SciAm is silent, however, on the question of what preceded the "cosmic egg").

Good civil libertarians, like the Dread Pundit Bluto, recognize that the real danger of repressive ideology comes from the Left.