Unaffiliated? Ah. That Must be Exhausting

Bunny Lebowski: Blow on them.
The Dude: You want me to blow on your toes?
Bunny Lebowski: I can’t blow that far.
The Dude: Are you sure he won’t mind?
Bunny Lebowski: Ulli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a Nihilist.
The Dude: Ah. Must be exhausting.

       — Big Lebowski (1998)

Sometimes I just can’t help myself snorting at the bizarre and pretzel-like positions into which the NY Times contorts itself in trying to seem fair-minded. The following is its let’s-be-nice summary of a new Pew Report on religion in U.S. life:

The survey also indicates that the group that had the greatest net gain was the unaffiliated. More than 16 percent of American adults say they are not part of any organized faith, which makes the unaffiliated the country’s fourth largest “religious group".

Atheists! Agnostics! Creeps! Visigoths! Bashi-bazouks! Anacoluthons!

Oh, wait a minute:

… The rise of the unaffiliated does not mean that Americans are becoming less religious, however. Contrary to assumptions that most of the unaffiliated are atheists or agnostics, most described their religion “as nothing in particular.”

Damn nihilists!

[via NYT]


  1. Anacoluthons — good one :-)

  2. Paul Prescod says:

    Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of Athiesm, Dude, at least it’s a belief system.