Before I catch my plane down to sunny FLA, a fantastic blog entry over at the NY Times – catch it while it’s hot (i.e. before they charge you) – from Ross Douthat, discussing Richard Dawkins’ recent defense of Pat Robertson’s sadistic comments about Haiti. The first time I’ve seen the Westminster Confession quoted in the Times. The conclusion reads (ht RF):

[Dawkins’ defense of Robertson reveals] the symbiosis between the new atheism and fundamentalism — how deeply the new atheists are invested in the idea that a mad literalism is the truest form of any faith, and how completely they depend on outbursts from fools and fanatics to confirm their view that religion must, of necessity, be cruel, literal-minded, and intellectually embarrassing.

p.s. If you haven’t registered for the Pensacola conference but would like to come to all or part of it, that’s more than okay (click here for the full schedule etc). Since online registration is now closed, simply email Jeff Hual at and give him the heads-up. Hope to see you there!

p.p.s. To give to the ongoing Haiti relief, click here.