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Saturday, August 09, 2003

The "Brights": Smug, Self-satisfied and Stupid

the future is "bright"; an April Fools joke three months late?

American Digest: The "Brights:" Smug, Self-satisfied and Stupid
This says it all...well nearly all...

Angie Schultz at The Machinery of Night notes:
OK, everyone, get out your pencils and paper, and write this down: "In the modern world, there is no minority group so oppressed, so marginalized, that the creation of an advocacy group cannot worsen their plight."...

In this case, the marginalized and oppressed are atheists, and Richard Dawkins is swaggering to their aid.

This article reeks of smug. Great waves of smug roll from it and envelope my keyboard. It falls to the floor and wafts over the carpet. Anybody know where I can buy some smug remover? I'm fresh out.

Dawkins bizarre article can be read here. Why does this apparently very bright man continually put his foot in his mouth whenever he opens it?

Spartacus notes:
Brights is the annoyingly smug term coined by Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell, "instructional designers" from Sacramento, as an "umbrella term" encompassing athiests, secular humanists, agnostics, and other folks who don't believe in traditional views of god... their official website is its own best parody...I'm as godless an infidel as the next unbeliever, but self-identify myself as a Bright©?! You've got to be joking.

Equally sick-making are the mainstream media outlets that are supporting this "movement"; the New York Times ("The time has come for us brights to come out of the closet") and the Guardian. It will be interesting to see how long it will take the PC police to make use of this obnoxious term mandatory.

Joel Fuhrmann confesses
I was a 'Bright' once, then I wised up... as an open-minded seeker of truth, I read the Black Book of Communism, which led me to ask, "If humanists are so smart, then why are they so apologetic for socialism?"

Andrew Northrup, The Poor Man reports:
As a non-religious person, let me assure you that I will never ever refer to myself as a "bright", simply because that's the most self-satisfied and pussiest name I've ever heard. "Hi this is my friend Sparkles, and we're both Brights, and every Thursday our special club meets for a slumber party at Candycane Hollow and discuss issues of athiesm in modern society and play My Little Pony." Why not save everyone some time and energy and beat yourselves up.

From the horse's mouth, read what it takes to have The Bright Stuff, and why only smug elitist atheists like Daniel Dennett have it.

Dawkins and Dennett, Dick and Dan, putting the "D" back into D-generation and Disingenuous... and putting the "a" in Dawks...

9:37:00 am