Ah, I see that Frank Walton took the bait. As everyone knows who’s in the know, Walton is the comic genius behind the hoax blog otherwise known as The Secular Outpost and its satellites. N.B. I have a rigorous, modal-logical-cum-set-theoretical proof of this identification, but unfortunately it’s been classified by the Dept. of Homeland Security.
If you want to see it you have to make a sizable donation to the Scouter Libby defense fund, which operates out of Karl Rove’s office. To resume—clearly Walton got wind of my exposé (his spies are everywhere, you know!), and has chosen to keep up appearances by fabricating some fake posts for the fictitious character of Andrea Weisberger.
Next thing you know, there will be some doctored family photos as well. Forsooth, his cunning knows no bounds!
I’m going to have to disagree with Steve here. He’s allowed the T-bloggers to voice disagreement on secondary issues, but hopefully he’ll permit me to offer a differing opinion on this matter of utmost importance.
Obviously, to keep the hoax going, Frank has to throw in a couple of real infidels. Otherwise, there would be no “safety card” that he can play at any moment when someone like Steve begins to ask suspicious questions. I have reason to believe that Andrea Weisberger is such a card.
The way it works is that Andrea is the connection between the fictitious world and the “real” world (whatever “reality” it is that atheists live in). When either believer or unbeliever begins to become overly-curious, she is the one that Frank can always pull out as proof that he is running the real deal. She is his communication to the outside realm. She is the physical manifestation of the ongoing narrative. Of course, poor Andrea is ignorant of the whole situation, a mere pawn in Frank’s over-all scheme. It is, therefore, simply the goodness of God that he would use Triablogue to minister to Andrea and bring her to the knowledge of the truth.
What gives it away that Andrea is the real-deal? Well, look at her recent post where she reflects upon part of Steve’s speculation:
I guess in light of belief in god, this kind of fantasy is small potatoes.
This type of rigorous argumentation is simply beyond Frank’s skill in fabricating stories. Sure, Frank has been pretty creative in the past. Debunking Christianity puts out a new “deconversion story” every hour (yes, it is quite amazing that each member of the team has de-converted enough times to keep the blog going). But I believe even Frank must humbly recognize that this is out of his league. Only a true apostate can come up with a line like this in a day’s work.
Steve, though I hate to boast: Quod Erat Demonstrandum