I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that Dan Barker over at the Freedom from Religion Foundation was going to be on liberal radio network Air America. I followed up by finding this article at Foxnews. The writer goofs by saying that Barker and his wife head up the Freedom OF Religion rather than FROM.
I have mixed feelings about such things. Naturally, I don’t object to them having their broadcast. It is a free country, after all. No, what I mean is that on the one hand, I think we should be having those like Barker, Hitchens, and Dawkins talk as much as possible. I think it is no surprise at all that they are broadcasting on Air America. I think that is telling. This is a refreshing bout of honesty, you see. It almost looks like Coulter was right, you know?
But on the other hand, there are still an awful lot of Christians out there who are so incredibly ignorant, it isn’t even funny. Except in ultimate terms, it doesn’t bother me that someone turns to atheism provided that they’ve got really, really, really good reasons for it. It’s when they’ve got crap reasons that I get annoyed, and almost always the de-convert is somebody who had crap reasons for being a Christian in the first place. But then I got to put up with arguments from people who have always had crap reasons finally learning their stuff, but only after they’d become an atheist. As if their prior rejection was reasonable! It does get old.
Barker seems like a nice guy, but he also seems like a case in point. His book about leaving atheism admits how bluming ignorant he was for a long time. He did go to Bible college for a bit and he said he picked up some apologetics, but judging from his own failure to match up his eventual objections with Christianity’s strongest arguments, I strongly suspect this education was lacking. Oh, I think he probably knows some things now. Now that he’s got an attitude and a bias.
Unfortunately (I think), Barker’s program is going to fail just because “Air America” is going to fail.