In an ideal world, people would read all of my posts and not make any stupid remark I’ve refuted. In the real world, Christian fundamentalists are divided into two groups: those who think the world will end because Muslims are outbreeding them, and those who think they’re going to win because they’re outbreeding atheists.
James Pinkerton belongs to the latter group, whose arguments are even more irrational than the former group’s.
[Link] So Christmas has survived yet another year.
Yes, there has been a war on Christmas, fought by a few lefty lawyers who managed to buffalo some multiculturalist bureaucrats and politicians. But it’s been a losing war:
First, and most obviously, there’s the steadfast religiosity of the American people; polls routinely show that 90 percent of Americans believe in God. Secular progressives have done their best to knock the faith out of people, but it doesn’t seem to be working.
Part of the problem is that those who are most inclined to accept “modernity” are oftentimes the least inclined to have children. So “converts” to atheism have a way of disappearing without heirs, while those who stick with their faith, including the injunction to go forth and multiply, are more likely to have kids who inherit at least some degree of devotion.
As I keep saying, if that were true, then we’d all be poor, since the poor have been outbreeding the rich in the developed world since the 19th century. That rich people exist and that the economy keeps growing should hint that people like Pinkerton have no idea what they’re talking about. Not that I expect rationality from people who believe the War on Christmas is real, but it’s still annoying.
The article gets worse. Pinkerton then says that part of Christianity’s success is due to fear of Islam. That’s partly true: the increase in religious displays in the US in the last five years has been partly caused by the idea that this generation’s struggle is between Christianity and Islam. A similar increase happened in the 1950s, when everyone in the US concurred that there was a struggle between Christianity and atheism. But Pinkerton can’t help fanning the flames of bigotry himself:
Do you want more Muslims moving to America? Do you look forward to more Muslims in Congress – you know, with access to classified national security information, including counter-terrorism plans? If the answer is “no,” then it’s likely that you are moving closer to Goode’s immigration position – and that, in addition, the sturdy observance of Christmas looks like a better and better bulwark.
Actually, I do want more Muslims moving to America. It will serve a number of political purposes. First, it will enrage the religious right; when radicals are angry, they engage in policies that are especially counterproductive. Second, since Muslim immigrants will likely settle in areas where nobody cares for Pat Robertson, they’ll likely integrate fairly quickly, providing a second example of a country where Muslim immigrants aren’t ghettoized the way they are in Europe.
Presumably, Pinkerton thinks everyone is as bigoted as he is, hating foreigners while giving a pass to local fascists. While a large number of people are indeed like that, most of them will never say so explicitly; his making it about hating Muslims will help the right-wing cause to the same extent as Trent Lott’s comments about Strom Thurmond.