New Atheismís Idiot Heirs

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IN THE HEYDAY OF THE INTERNET MESSAGE BOARD, letís say in the 1990s, a certain species of idiot materialized. He was male, aggressively pedantic, self-professedly logical, committed to the hard sciences, prone to starting sentences with ďactually,Ē and almost always devoted to the notion that his disbelief in God imbued him with intellectual superiority. This archetypeís golden years were the 2000s, a decade that saw George W. Bushís politicized creationism and the use of web forums peak in unison. Once that decade ended, the internet tired of his antics and made him central to a series of in-jokes óďneckbeardĒ described his less-than-stellar grooming habits; and his hat of choice, the fedora, became the butt of innumerable jokes during Obamaís first term. No longer needed or tolerated, this misunderstood paragon of Enlightenment-core values began a journey that brought him to the worst possible destination: the Republican Party.

The Bush years provided militant atheists and amateur debate enthusiasts adequate fodder for their performative condescension. It seems almost quaint in retrospect, but newish, performative Christianity was being lab-tested at the time. Bush himself was a born-again Christian who cited a vision from God when justifying the disastrous invasion of Iraq, and his leadership inspired zealots across the country to up the ante. In 2001, Jerry Falwell, who had recently accused the show Teletubbies of ďmodeling the gay lifestyleĒ to children, blamed 9/11 on pagans and abortionists. In 2003, Judge Roy Moore installed a 5000-pound Ten Commandments monument outside the Alabama Supreme Court, refused to comply with court orders to take it down, and was eventually removed from office as a result.
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