PBS is airing a 3-part BBC documentary called “A Brief History of Disbelief” in the near future. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be on WOSU during the next two weeks (the limit of my MythTV box’s guide data).
What is interesting is the commentary by hard-right religious organizations.
Janice Crouse, director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute for the conservative group Concerned Women for America, told Cybercast News Service that “airing the program gives credibility and cohesiveness to individuals who seek to undermine the beliefs and values on which democracy and the American dream are founded.”
“One has to wonder why it is so important to them for everyone to understand their ‘disbelief,'” she said. “The program is not a dispassionate, positive voice – as they claim. Instead, it is clearly demagogic and propagandistic.”
Wow. First Ms. Crouse is demagogic and propagandistic about atheism, and then turns around and accuses the documentary of the same thing. I think I’ll wait to form my opinion on it until I see it, rather than trusting her. As for why atheists want people to understand them – maybe it’s the disinformation people like Ms. Crouse spreads that leads to atheists being the most despised and hated group in America? That might have something to do with it.
Oh, and democracy predates Christianity.