Anything meaningful will sound obnoxious if you're interested only in dancing around the subject and avoiding conflict, as in a politically correct meeting between practitioners of different religions who need to pretend they don't have deep disagreements, to avoid sinking their ships before secularists even begin to open fire on them.

Note again, from Interfaith's Submission page: "That said, we definitely open our arms to a critical lens of faith and the critique of hypocrisy."

Yet you seem to be confusing the general task of interfaith dialogue with what's appropriate for this particular website. I'm only a contributor, not the editor.

I understand that atheists can be obnoxious too. If you find the tone of my writings off-putting, you're entitled to that assessment. And if you think I've made errors, you're welcome to show that's the case.

I understand also that a hard-hitting atheistic expose could be out of place in a dialogue between people of different religious faiths. But that's the biggest conflict of all, isn't it? The one between religion and secularism. I take it that's why this website includes such writings, not just because atheism's trendy. (Indeed, new atheism is no longer really so.)

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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