The New Yorker on religion: two items

First, atheist Lawrence Krauss’s remarkably dumb essay entitled “Why Hollywood thinks Atheism is Bad for Business,” a piece that doesn’t even really care about its headline. What it cares about is making the case for a cultural bias against atheism. Hollywood was just fine releasing the smarmy-funny Religulous, and it paid off: $13 million on a $2.5 million budget. But Krauss is bitter because Hollywood won’t release his documentary on the folly of belief, so clearly they’ve got a bias. Special minus points for this bit of drivel from Ricky Gervais: the actor says that he is regularly told, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so why don’t you just keep quiet about your atheism!” By whom? Certainly not the op-ed folks at the Wall Street Journal. And Gervais’ frequent proclamations of unbelief don’t seem to have hurt his career any. Hell, Hollywood even let him make a movie, The Invention of Lying, in which he got to lay his anti-religion cards on the table. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Gervais himself isn’t worried.

Second, a piece about a book about cloistered Carmelite nuns. Much less whiny. Just go and read.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Here’s Lickona, throwing out some red meat — on a Friday! And a Lenten Friday, no less!

    ‘Bad Catholics’ indeed.

  2. Recalls the best of Bill Whittle.

    Thanks Matthew.

  3. Jonathan Webb says

    So, why are we using the internet? I’m using it right now.

  4. Imelda/Sophia, O.P. says

    ERRATUM: The cloistered nuns are not Carmelites, but Poor Clares.

    But a beautiful piece, nonetheless. “Desire not desperation.” Yes.

    Thanks for the link (I own to skipping the atheist bleat).

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