You may or may not have read Dinesh D’Souza’s article, in reference to the Virgina tragedy, asking where Atheism is “when bad things happen.” Despite this article’s poor quality and flawed/skewed perception, it has sparked a brilliant article about Atheism and compassion. It shows a excellent complement to the logic of Dawkins, who seems to get so much press.
D’Souza asks why no one asks Atheists to speak at tragic events, and I too question this. Why do people look for supernatural comfort? Why is faith in your fellow man not enough? Perhaps this is a poor time to speak of “faith in your fellow man,” after the acts of a sociopath, but how could the explanation of supernatural evil be any more comforting than the idea that it is just one disturbed individual.