Even after the Edwards Blogger Scandal, a commenter here said,
It would be interesting to see a formal study where someone took a random sample of diaries on Dkos and analyzed how many of them are anti-religious. Or, some other scientific approach.
I’m not convinced that being atheist or agnostic necessarily means that one wishes to declare jihad against people who have faith.
Perhaps a broader study would provide a better sense of how many of these 69% are actually antagonistic toward people of faith.
Such academic discussions are irrelevant to the politics of blogger atheism. None of it matters, because the Senator John Edwards Blogger Scandal, with Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen at its vortex, was not based on statistics. Instead, it was based on the highly inflammatory anti-Christian statements of just two (2) bloggers. Multiply that scandal by the number of bloggers at DailyKos and you begin to have only the vaguest sense of what we have awaiting us when DailyKos/YearlyKos corrals ALL of the Democratic candidates together for an activist atheist-sponsored candidates forum in Chicago this August.
Here is what is looks and feels like in John Edwards’ Blogger Hell:
After personal phone calls to the bloggers from the candidate, the Edwards campaign has rehired the bloggers who were fired yesterday, according to sources inside and close to the campaign.
Salon reported yesterday that on Wednesday morning the Edwards camp fired Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwen, the two bloggers whose hiring had sparked an uproar by conservatives. That information was confirmed by sources in and close to the campaign. But almost as soon as the decision had been communicated to the bloggers, a struggle arose within the campaign about possibly reversing it, the sources said, as the liberal blogosphere exploded. Salon
Chris Bowers of MyDD.com, wrote that “Republican attempts to make Democrats look bad though guilt by association with us crazy bloggers were a miserable failure.” WaPost
Boy was he wrong! Boy was his judgement poor! Worse still, he and his arrogantly insular group of blogger friends have learned nothing at all from the experience, proving that those who cannot learn from history are condemned to relive it, over and over again. And they want take the whole Democratic Party and all of its presidential candidates along for the ride.
In the “progessive” blogosphere, no group has done more to advance the cause of godlessness than has DailyKos and its Supreme Atheist Leader Markos Moulitsas. One member went all the way to the US Supreme Court to take the words “under God” out of the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
As one DailyKos commenter declared, people who talk about their faith “gives me the shits”.
While Marcotte and McEwen were just two bloggers whose ability to spew anti-religious bile was limited by the hours in a day and the speed of their typing, DailyKos has thousands of atheist and agnostic members whose anti-religious statements – past, present and future – are virtually limitless, to be mined and focus-group tested to see which will offend the public more and serve the best in 30 second Republican wedge-issue commercials.
30-Second Republican Attack Ad: “I was going to vote for Candidate X, but then I saw him among the atheists of DailyKos/YearlyKos. They say my faith gives them diarhea! Now, I just wonder what Candidate X promised the atheists in order to win their support.”
Hmmmm. In this election cycle, every Democratic presidential aspirant so lacking in foresight as to connect himself with the DailyKos/YearlyKos candidates forum has an “Edwards Anti-Religious Blogger Hell” awaiting him, with candidates caught between the jaws of the online atheists and America’s church-going Christians, and the mainstream media as referee. I wonder who will win? Certainly not the Democratic Party and certainly not our candidates’ reputations.
Cross-posted at the Francis L. Holland Blog.