KIDDING. But if you’re in Boston March 24, feel free to drop by the Boston Skeptics first EVAH! meeting and hear me speak.
But while we’re on the subject of religion, I think you should check out this excellent post by ScienceBlogling Razib:
To conclude, my general suspicion of the New Atheists echoes Chris’ in some ways, I find many of them sloppy and rather uninterested in constructing an accurate model of the world. They are polemicists, first & foremost. That is all fine and well, but to the gods of rhetoric I offer few sacrifices. To those of knowledge I would give my firstborn. Those who would join us as we sail into the unknown need not declare to which gods they render their homage, none or twenty, it makes little difference. Someone whose religious views do reflect deeply held values and sincere cogitation would no doubt be absolutely uninterested in whether I respect them or not.
What has bothered about the ‘New Atheist’ critique is that equates Abrahamic fundamentalisms with all religion. To anyone who either isn’t a fundamentalist or a member of an Abrahamic religion–and there are a lot of us, these critiques are “sloppy” and irrelevant. If you want to convince me, start with an accurate description of what I believe.