An astonished reader:
Mr. Derbyshire—You read Human Events? You think abortion is ok, Intelligent Design is bunk, Christianity is false, and Robert Spencer is nuts, yet you read Human Events? Why?
[Me] Well, for great political reporting like the John Gizzi piece I quoted, for one thing. For Ann Coulter. For Jed Babbin. For the Capital Briefs. Perhaps more than anything, for the stats. I’m a sucker for numbers, and HE doesn’t stint on them. (In that Oct. 22 issue, there’s an entire page of numbers on the fund-raising efforts of the presidential candidates.)
And I don’t think Robert is nuts. In my exchanges with him, he has always come across as courteous, civilized, and perfectly sane. His zeal for his own religion, and scorn for other people’s, is the kind of thinking that, in my opinion, gets us nowhere we should want to be; but it’s a point of view, and I respect Robert’s scholarship. Nuts? No way.