Is some one able to deconstruct this article form the NY Times?

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Comment by Gary Huckleberry on February 25, 2010 at 2:26pm
Cecilia! It's simple! The article means that.. if you have time to read such stupidity, then you will likely be willing to approve governments stealing your money and destroying respectable society, especially if the office holders are influenced in a positive direction - by someone willing torture his innocent son to prove a point, (and then getting your money by fraud.) Hey, ... wait a minute...
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Comment by Cecilia on February 25, 2010 at 2:17pm
Yes, I can: Stanley Fish is simply not a very smart man. Sorry, I know that ad hominem attacks aren't helpful but I have a splitting headache after trying to read this nonsensical article by Fish....so forgive me. For more on the douchebaggery (oops, did the ad hominem thing again) of Stanley Fish read this (plus more on Prof. Pigluicci's site):

http://rationallyspeaking.blogspot.com/search?q=stanley+fish
Comment by Фелч Гроган on February 25, 2010 at 3:24am
It's a rather long and convoluted way of saying intelligence without wisdom is directionless. It is a topic being raised in numerous ways by numerous people with all sorts of personal agendas. These are a couple of articles discussed just recently that involve this theme -

http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/the-atheist-delusion-john-...

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistnews/forum/topics/is-human...

The basic point is one that most of us should grasp - we have all, after all, been collectively shafted by the purely secular and logic driven disease of "economic rationalism", shat out upon the planet by the gruesome twosome of Thatcher and Reagan and regurgitated by governments the world over ever since. On paper it has created wealth, just hardly any of us ever get to see any of it. Pure secular logic hasn't really given us a much better or satisfying existance by any means, its transferred our economies from production based to debt based, and the bubble has finally popped and no one really knows how it will all ultimately play out. It is hardly an experiment that can be praised as a success.

This however doesn't give the theists anything to crow about. Their record of failure is as old as history and it's pretty thoroughly documented that theocratic approaches government fail without exception (American Theocracy does a very thorough job on that).

The article merely raises this point that we are in trouble and don't know what to do about it without offering any fresh ideas. It should not in any way be interpreted as saying religion is the answer.

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