In my RSS Reader today I have at least three blog posts from prominent atheists bemoaning today's naming of Pope Francis by Time Magazine as "Person (we can no longer say "Man") of the Year." How can this be? asks Larry Moran: "It's hard to think of anyone who's more irrelevant to my life or the life of my friends and neighbors."
Time editors apparently neglected to consult Larry as to who is relevant to his life—and completely forgot to survey the people who live on his block.
And then there is the inimitable P. Z. Myers, in dire need of a mother to wash his mouth out with soap:
You have got to be ****ing kidding me. They’ve got this great pulpit with mass media attention to actually highlight the important events and people on the planet, and they pick the pablum-spewing head of an antique organization that demands its followers adhere to obsolete and dangerous beliefs, and this is what they say about it?I mean, how does this guy rate anyway? Helping the poor? Championing the cause of the dispossessed? How does that add anything to the world?
If atheists want to convince people the Pope is irrelevant, then they might want to stop talking about him so much.