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The Sciences

The Secular Right & prayers for H. L. Mencken.

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanNovember 25, 2008 9:29 PM


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Since the Right is roiling with faction, I thought I'd point you to a new weblog, Secular Right. No need to explain what it's about, the title says it all. John Derbyshire recounts an interesting experience at the H. L. Mencken Club:

Well, so there I was sitting down to dinner on the first evening of this Menckenfest. Seeing a plate of salad in front of me, I applied some condiments and started eating. In between the second and third mouthfuls I heard an amplified voice coming from the speakers' tables: "All right, everybody, we shall now say Grace. Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts ..." I felt as if I'd been caught picking my nose on live TV. Somewhat later I got into conversation with the lady who had given out the Grace. She was very charming and friendly, and had been instrumental in getting the conference organized, so is obviously very capable. It emerged, however, in the course of our conversation, that she is a Young Earth Creationist!

In case you don't know, H. L. Mencken was the basis for the skeptical reporter in Inherit the Wind. Aside from being an infamous atheist, Mencken was also a lion of the Old Right, explaining the fondness many conservatives have for him today.

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