Jon Stewart made some observations recently that were similar to mine, albeit funnier, wittier, and more insightful.  So maybe "similar" is not quite, as illiterate quoters of French idioms might say, "the le mot juste."

Nevertheless, Stewart did raise one point that I missed in my original post. These days, Christians and others on the conservative end of the political and social spectra are constantly being caught out and called out as cranks for some cause or another.  It's so refreshing, therefore, to see atheists take some heat for once. Maybe this foolishness is a symptom of deeply held beliefs gone awry, whether those beliefs have "God" or "whatever it is, it's Not God" as their object.