November 18, 2004
I keep blogrolling and un-blogrolling both Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, because they’re intelligent, eloquent, and sometimes even wise, but they have absolutely no interest in being even barely civil to Republicans and Evangelicals and other spawn of Satan. Brad DeLong’s partisan barbs don’t bother me, because they’re serious but also humorous; the Nielsen Haydens are just…fanatics. Secular leftist fanatics. And they, unlike rightist religious fanatics, bloody well ought to know better. I know they don’t care that I’m offended; they just want to commiserate with others of their own kind. But that makes them part of the problem, not part of the solution. It makes them, in short, hypocritical scum. Clear them from the pond so that the rest of us can sit down and listen to each other.Among the fanatically secular, anti-religious acts of this particular Nielsen Hayden: writing a sympathetic introduction to a collection of religious writing, repeatedly explaining that “evangelical” doesn’t mean “fundamentalist,” and writing admiringly about Dorothy Day. That other Nielsen Hayden’s disdain for religion is, of course, even more sneakily concealed.
Definitely, in handling these deep-cover operatives, it’d be best to “clear them from the pond,” if you know what I mean and I think you do. Can’t be too careful when dealing with “scum.” [05:08 PM]