As usual, Cory makes coherent arguments and marshalls quotes and evidence. One can disagree with him through debate.
But then I started reading the comments (again, let me stress, NOT Cory's) and encountered:
American patriotism and christianity is code for the guns, rape, mayhem, genocide, and slavery that brought form to this country...
[responding to an oppossing point of view] I loathe the murder of truth by pigs like you.
Religion is a result of mental illness...
So that's the rational, secular approach that's going to bring us intergalactic peace and justice. Dismiss others as animals and lesser beings (hmmm, isn't it always the so called humanists who insist we not use language to "dehumanize"?) and throw up simplistic, scattergun assertions in such great volume that there's no way to answer them all.
Now,outrageous comments are common to all blogs. I get them here, even from folks agreeing with me. Snarkasm lives in the blogosphere.
But on this 4th of July, I will truly give thanks for freedom, including the political system that protects us (so far) from self-admiring uebermenschen who might build a system in which we are defined as animals, medical conditions, perpetrators of crimes against humanity or whatever else their "reason" decides. 'Cuz if their "reason" runs the world, those of us who are pigs get the slaughter house, those of us who are mentally ill get institutionalized and "treated," and those of us blamed for crimes against humanity get the gallows.