Friend Derek has been digging into a recent Harper's Weekly poll showing that more Americans (76%) say they would vote for a homosexual than for an atheist (49%). This, he notes, is a change on 1988, when the same poll -- different people? -- gave 26% to 31%. Derek’s conclusion:

Americans are putting more trust into those with dissenting views than those with a lack of any view.

Well, maybe so, but I reject the characterisation of atheists as lacking any point of view. My view is that grown-ups don’t need fairy stories to console them or big, bad father figures to keep them on the straight and narrow.

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