Most are too clueless to realize they’ve been insulted.
It’s fun to watch them froth at the mouth.
I’d go as far as to describe him as my favourite atheist, but then he’s the only public one I don’t entirely despise.
I find all it takes to get them really worked up is to state your opinion in in a calm, rational, thought out manner. Nothing seems to get them angrier than not hearing any “buzzwords/dog whistles/coded phrases” that they can latch onto and call you -ist or -phobic for saying. When they can’t attack your character, they can’t fight the argument and are just left with “you don’t understand” or “what you’re saying leads to hate crimes”.
They REALLY hate it when you call them on their debate tactics: “You haven’t disputed any of his/her points. You just called them names. That’s another way of yelling ‘Shut Up!’ and is the surefire sign of a losing argument.”
A distant relative–(gay, is a TA for a university bird course, still lives with mommy & daddy)–blew up when I pointed out the ways he was trying to shut down debate and silence an opinion he didn’t agree with. Hilarious!
Pat Condell: I am a fan -MRH.
1. Say, “Don’t you think Bristol/Sarah Palin’s hawt?”
2. Take a few steps back to avoid flying rage spittle.
He is wrong. You don’t have to even express an opinion.
You just have to be a non-Marxist Caucasian with a penis to offend them.
Boy can I relate to that. Condell’s journey away from ‘progressives’ has been much the same as mine.