There have been a few brave exceptions (Christopher Hitchens, Salman Rushdi, Sam Harris), but the fact that we can count the main exceptions on one hand kind of proves the point. This recent article points out that the main thing driving the main halls of unbelief into a strategic retreat isn’t really strategy. It’s fear. Please take note of the word “main.” There are plenty of internet trolls out there who will speak out vociferously against the evils perpetrated by fundamentalist Islam. But a secular Facebook rant against Islam’s human rights’ violations or a few vitriolic anti-Islamic words in the comment section of a Mother Jones article doesn’t really qualify someone as courageous for standing against the aforementioned evils. What will the voices of public unbelief do when their words might cost them something? How will the internal resources that secularism provides assist the secularist who finds himself/herself suffering as a result of standing up for what they believe in? I honestly hope that secularists will find their courage and leverage their substantial resources to speak out against the most egregious sources of religious liberty and human rights violations.
It really is no surprise. As a matter of fact, I kind of expect to get the short end of the stick from you. Your motivation to produce journalistic pieces that attempt to hack away at the credibility of Christians and Christianity is fairly strong. After all, doing that sells. But come on, Newsweek! I expect for you to take a few shots at us, but to do so with such a severe lack of journalistic integrity and without any semblance of academic credibility? Really?! You really thought publishing “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” was a good move? And you can’t blame this on just the article’s author. Some editorial head ought to roll for not stopping this one. And did you not catch the almost smacks-you-dead-in-the-face obviousness of the irony of the way its author ended his article? After spending the whole article throwing literary stones and firing off morally indignant diatribes at evangelicals and Bible-believers, did you really want to end with, “Don’t judge”?! Wow. Well, Newsweek, if you are interested in where your author left the rails, you ought to read Dr. Michael Kruger’s “A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible (Part 1)“. Dr. Kruger has a few academic feathers in his cap to lend him some credibility. But if your article on the Bible is any indicator of who you are, you are obviously not interested in either… academics or credibility, that is.