Background: she’s reacting badly to this story about an atheist schmuck named Damon Vix who gamed a Santa Monica town lottery for spaces for holiday decoration. Said schmuck ended up with more than half the spaces, which he then proceeded to leave blank except for a sign insulting religions.
Does every public dissent from faith, my own included, inevitably come off as equally unpleasant?
My answer is: No, but it’s only because believers make a good-faith effort to try to remember that not every atheist is like Damon Vix. Which is a courtesy that people like Vix notoriously do not extend to believers. Which is not really fair to Heather Mac Donald, but then so is Vix’s charming little exercise in applied schmuckery.
Exit question: anyone reading this willing to bet that going up to Damon Vix and casually saying the phrase “War on Christmas” would not guarantee you a twenty minute, utterly dead to irony, tirade on the topic?
(Link via… I’m not sure, actually.)
PS: Note that I’m personalizing this most cruelly; that’s because I know that I have atheist/agnostic readers who would themselves like to smack people like Vix in the face with a halibut.