The God Of The Atheists
The Scottish Catholic Church has apparently criticised the singing of the Hokey Cokey as a potential 'hate crime'.
This is just another public relations problem that Scottish Catholicism has managed to conjure up for itself out of nothing - you put your left foot in, you put your left foot out; then you shoot yourself in it.
Such non-events always smoke out the usual suspects like termites. Over in Tim Worstall's comments, Bill Paterson launches into a rant so empirically predictable it's like watching yeast fermenting in a petri dish, or condensation dampness crawling up a wall.
Grudgingly, one must admit that Bill's comments do occasionally add to the gaiety of nations; yet another two of Tim's commentors, 'Eva' and 'H', cannot resist using the expression 'Sky Fairy'.
Paulinus has recently got himself wound up about this atheist abuse of the Lord Of Creation. To my mind, it's just a lazy way of trying to do down people you don't feel you can debate with; the Marxist tactic of substituting abuse for argument. One character called John Band even seems to think he's an expert at it.
What its use really means is that the users are afraid of their opponents. As spiritual beings, children of God, they know in their hearts that God is a divine reality; yet their petulance makes them spurn the Father Who Loves Them.
Atheism is itself a religion. If having no policy is a policy, then having no religion is itself a religion.
Like all religions, however, it must have a god.
"They will deny the Resurrection of The Son of God, but hail as absolute truth the ramblings of a Tourettist from Kirkcaldy. "
The right lauds Adam Smith as a prophet, when the reality is that Smith was not the benign intellectual that those who treat him as an object of idolatry would have us believe.
For example, without Smith there would have been no Marx; and if there had been no Marx, hundreds of millions of people would not have died in Marx's name, nor in the pursuit of his beliefs. It should never, ever be forgotten that the most important words Marx ever spoke were 'I am not a Marxist'. This was a recantation of previous belief - or the lack thereof - which was absolutely analogous to, and just as important as, the deathbed reconciliations with the Catholic Church undertaken by both Voltaire and Gramsci.
The pain of the 20th Century was not rooted in political belief; it was fundamentally rooted in economic belief. The political rock n' roll flowed from the economic just as surely as day follows night; and the ultimate father of all that pain and suffering, the frail and fragile man who made all that possible, was an 18th Century echopraxic Tourettist.
So if atheists think of God as 'The Sky Fairy', they should have no objection to seeing Adam Smith being described as 'The Pie in the Sky Fairy'. If they believe in their atheism strongly enough, they will find the courage to continue believing in their god when they see him being insulted by blasphemers.
As a now notorious hate chant puts it - that's what it's all about!