They didn’t disappoint.
They just took their favorite part of the segment and sensationalized it in the headline:
R. Joseph Hoffmann didn’t like the Nightline segment, either:
My complaint? Bad religion needs better satire. Unbelief needs better spokesmen. The cultic aspects of the New Atheism become more evident every day. Because only in cults does everyone laugh at the same jokes, applaud at the same cues, gasp at the same surprising revelation. Last time I looked, cultic unanimity was the opposite of freethought.
The atheist crusaders may have the best of reasons for organizing their atheism as a campaign to belittle, insult and demean… but they are driving reasonable men and women — wishers, seekers, explorers, and the merely confused — away in droves.
I think that’s taking it to an extreme. The debaptism was a one-off event done in good fun. It’s not something we do at every (or even many) gatherings. If atheists wanted to insult and demean religious people, there would be far easier ways to do it.
Anyone think there will be real fallout from this piece beyond just our community? Maybe no one watched it at all…