Cathy Lynn Grossman writes in USA Today:
Forget God, let’s talk about arrogance.
That’s not exactly the way Rice University humanities professor Anthony Pinn, in an article for the online magazine Religion Dispatches, describes the monotone of mockery at the Atheist Alliance International convention, but it gets you to Pinn’s key points pretty quickly.
The convention, starring the atheist band’s Mick Jagger, Richard Dawkins, promoting his book on evolution, The Greatest Show on Earth, and some backup singers like TV host Bill Maher, was heldÂ in Burbank, Calif., earlier this month.
Pinn found the main idea at the event, is that religion is
… the single most dangerous human creation.
The welfare of humanity, it was argued, depends on the dismantling of religion and all of its delusions. The possibility of collaboration, of compromise, of any shared ethical commitments between theists and non-theists, was not on the table.
Pinn, who calls himself a humanist, zeroes in on the common trait that atheists share with fundamentalists of any religion — “their inability for critical self-reflection and critique.”
They have formed, in effect, the religion of “not,” defined by what they refuse and rebuke…
[continues in USA Today]